Master in Earth, planetary and environmental sciences

Master in Earth, planetary and environmental sciences

Georesources

Presentation and goals

To meet the energy and material demands of the 21st century, sustainable exploration of our planet's resources is necessary, managed by exploration specialists with solid knowledge in geology and geophysics. The Georesources Programme has been created to respond to this need. The training is organised over two years with a series of modules in common with other programmes in the specialisation, as well as modules specific to this programme. Training in the field, in a company or in a research laboratory plays a key role in this programme.

The aim of the Georesources Programme is to train students in geology and geophysics, with a view to working in research and/or the private sector in mining exploration or energy resources.

The Georesources+ option gives students the opportunity to take additional courses in the economics of energy and resources, offered by the Master in Economy for Energy and Sustainable Development.

Presentation

Presentation

Programme strengths

The course has a strong focus on hands-on teaching; up to 24 ECTS of field modules can be selected in this programme. This type of training is a fundamental aspect of Earth and Environmental Sciences courses. Grenoble's advantageous location means that field training adds a strong "brand image" to our Master, with the Alps offering an extremely rich geological field. We also offer a field workshop in marine geophysics, in collaboration with the Villefranche-sur-Mer Ocean Observatory.

This field practice is supplemented by many digital educational activities, carried out in the form of practical assignments or projects. We place a strong emphasis on using the latest tools for quantitative exploration of the Earth and its environment. Geophysical measuring tools are supplemented by interpretation tools, such as numerical modelling, signal processing, remote sensing and seismic interpretation. The support of the OSUG@2020 excellence laboratory has been essential to implementing or renewing many of these tools.

Most of the "tools" modules (i.e. numerical modelling, remote sensing/GIS) are organised in the form of projects, enabling students to apply these tools to mini-problems that correspond to their choice of programme and their interests. Several disciplinary modules (UEs) also partly take the form of a supervised project, where students work in small groups to resolve a societal problem.

Certain modules are common to the first part of S1 (first year of the Master) and S3 (second year of the Master). These modules are only available every other year:

Modules available in even-numbered years (2016, 2018, etc.): Lithosphere dynamics; Tectonics-metamorphism field workshop; Geochemical and mineralogical exploration methods

Modules available in odd-numbered years (2017, 2019, etc.): Petrology; Petrology field workshop; Workshop on major societal and economic challenges concerning georesources

The modules in S3 are taught in English, as is at least one module from the Master 1 year. Our policy is to offer teaching in English in the event that there are non-French-speakers among the students, both in M1 and in M2. 

International dimension :

Internationally-oriented programmes

The programme has a strong international focus, with teaching mostly in English and internship opportunities in a company or in a research laboratory abroad. Several foreign students are welcomed onto the programme every year.

Partnerships:
Partner laboratories
Other partners
  • Observatoire des Sciences de l'Univers de Grenoble - OSUG

Programme

Programme

Practica, projects, and missions

Type : Mandatory
Duration : Master 1st year : 6-8 weeks ; Master 2nd year : 5-6 months
Location : In France or abroad

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 company or 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. For internships in a company, an "internship supervisor" is identified in the company, as well as an academic tutor. Every internship gives rise to an individual written thesis and a public defence (except in rare cases of confidentiality).

In addition to the internships, this programme includes a strong component (up to 24 ECTS) of field workshops, where the students work in small groups. These workshops systematically give rise to a report, and sometimes to oral presentations.

Registration and scholarships

Registration and scholarships

Entrance requirements

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.

Public continuing education:

You are in charge of continuing education:
• if you resume your studies after 2 years of interruption of studies,
• or if you followed training under the continuous training regime one of the previous 2 years
• or if you are an employee, job seeker, self-employed.

If you do not have the diploma required to integrate the training, you can undertake a validation of personal and professional achievements (VAPP).

Prerequisites

This course is intended for students in geosciences with a strong interest in working in the exploration of mineral resources and hydrocarbons. Students either have solid experience in geology with extensive field experience, or a good background in physics and mathematics. As this programme gives students a dual competence in geology and geophysics, both groups of students can take advantage of this course.

Target group

  • Students in initial training who have obtained a bachelor degree (licence) in Earth, physical, or mechanical sciences. 
  • Foreign students wishing to pursue their studies in the georesources field in France.
  • Students in continuing education wishing to pursue advanced studies in the georesources field.

And after

And after

Further studies

This course prepares students either to continue in the private sector working for a mining or oil company or in the services sector of this industry, or to go on to do a doctoral thesis. The skills acquired in this course will provide the student with the experience needed to successfully pursue either of these two directions.

A reorientation to the Geodynamics Programme is possible up to the end of the M1. Depending on the choice of UEs in S1 and S2, reorientations to the Georisks or Geophysics programmes are also possible.