Master in Earth, planetary and environmental sciences

Master in Earth, planetary and environmental sciences

Atmosphere-Climate-Continental Landmass


The Atmosphere-Climate-Continental Landmass Programme follows on from the previous specialisation, "Water-Climate-Environment", with changes that take into account those made to the other programmes (in particular "Hydro-resources") and that offer greater clarity. The Atmosphere-Climate-Continental Landmass Programme is primarily a research-oriented course, and relies heavily on the Grenoble research laboratories' unique capabilities in climate and atmosphere studies. Eighty per cent of our students currently tend to go on to doctoral studies. 

Nevertheless, the course still offers other non-thesis opportunities. The tools used in the classes, workshops and projects are therefore those already or soon to be used in the professional world. The programme strives for greater openness towards the world of work through the introduction of vocational modules, and by taking care with the general modules to systematically make the necessary links with "professional" applications: climate variability and the intermittent nature of renewable energy resources; etc.

The Atmosphere-Climate-Continental Landmass Programme primarily aims to train students through research into the functioning of the climate system and atmosphere in interaction with continental hydrosystems. The training is broad and multidisciplinary, because the problems addressed (climate change; air quality; evolution of continental hydrosystems) are complex and require coupled approaches. Continuing on to doctoral studies is a natural goal of this programme.

Environmental monitoring and forecasting require well-trained managerial staff. Air quality monitoring associations, consulting engineers and experts, local authorities, administrations and companies all have an interest in the use of new tools for environmental measurement, monitoring and forecasting. It should be emphasised that these potential opportunities are in addition to the pursuit of doctoral studies for our students.



Atouts de la formation

A specific feature of this programme compared to other similar ones in France is that it stresses the close coupling between hydrology and climate. This has been identified as one of the main reasons for its current popularity. A second plus point is the considerable time devoted to the cryosphere in the programme. This is consistently identified by students and is a major specificity of research in Grenoble.

Whether or not students go on to doctoral studies, the professions targeted by this programme concern environmental monitoring and forecasting in varied contexts (air quality monitoring associations, local authorities, consulting companies).


Formation tournée vers l’international

The program has a strong international focus, with teaching mostly in English and research internship opportunities abroad. Several foreign students are welcomed onto the programme every year, often as part of research agreements with our international partners.

Accredited establishment(s)
  • Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble
Partner laboratories
Autres structures partenaires
  • Observatoire des Sciences de l'Univers de Grenoble - OSUG




skin.odf-2017:SKIN_ODF_CONTENT_PROGRAM_TAB2_DUREE_STAGE_LABELMaster 1st year : 6-8 weeks ; Master 2nd year : 5-6 months
skin.odf-2017:SKIN_ODF_CONTENT_PROGRAM_TAB2_LIEU_STAGE_LABELEn France ou à l'étranger

In M1, an internship module of 6 ECTS is mandatory. This internship takes place over 6-8 weeks in June-July; the defence is in September and the internship is validated in S4 (internship semester). This internship can take place in either a laboratory or a company. This arrangement gives students enough time for a significant internship, which can be extended over the whole summer.

In M2, an internship of one semester (24 ECTS, which supplements the 6 ECTS described above) is mandatory. This internship takes place in a research laboratory (in Grenoble or elsewhere). More and more students are choosing to carry out their M2 internship abroad, a choice that we strongly support. Laboratory internships are supervised in the host laboratory by an internship tutor and monitored by the programme managers. Every internship gives rise to an individual written thesis and a public defence (except in rare cases of confidentiality).



Access conditions

The M1 is open to students who have obtained a national diploma equivalent to a bachelor degree (licence) in a field compatible with that of the Master, or via a validation of their studies or experience.

Entry to the M2 may be selective. It is open to candidates who have completed the first year of a Master in the field, subject to a review of their application. 

 For candidates whose country of residence is not included in the "Studies in France" portal (PEF) scheme, the calendar for the eCandidat application campaigns is available here.

 Candidates for continuing education:

You are eligible for continuing education:

  • if you are resuming your studies after two years of interruption,
  • or if you followed a training course under the continuing education scheme in either of the past two years,
  • or if you are an employee, job seeker, or self-employed worker.

 If you do not have the diploma required for admission to the course, you can undertake a process of validation of prior personal and professional experience (VAPP).


Natural candidates for this course include students with bachelor degrees (licence) in Earth Sciences, especially if their studies included a fairly large physics component.

However, due to the highly multidisciplinary nature of the course, it is also perfectly suited to students with bachelors in Physics, Mechanics, Physics-Chemistry, and even Chemistry.

A small but non-negligible number of students come from engineering schools, seeking studies in more "research" oriented topics. 

Target group

  • Students in initial training who have obtained a bachelor degree (licence) in Earth, physical, or mechanical sciences. 
  • Students from engineering schools (in particular ENSE3, G-INP) who seek studies in more "research" oriented topics concerning the atmosphere, the climate and hydrosystems. 
  • Foreign students wishing to pursue their studies in the fields of the atmosphere, the climate and hydrosystems.
  • Students in continuing education wishing to pursue advanced studies in the fields of the atmosphere, the climate and hydrosystems.



Further studies

Doctoral thesis, in the field of Earth, Planetary and Environmental Sciences.

Doctorate in a foreign university.

A reorientation to the Hydro-resources Programme is possible up to the end of the M1. A reorientation to the international Hydrohazards Programme is also possible, at the end of S1.


Competitive examinations for careers in research (researchers), education-research (teacher-researcher) (CNRS, University, CNAP, IRD and research organisations abroad) after pursuing doctoral studies.

Whether or not students go on to doctoral studies, the professions targeted by this programme concern environmental monitoring and forecasting in varied contexts (air quality monitoring associations, local authorities, consulting companies).


According to the 2014-15 survey, three graduate respondents were on the labour market (employment+research). Of these, 100% were in employment 30 months after graduation.