Master in Earth, planetary and environmental sciences

Master in Earth, planetary and environmental sciences



Telluric risks (seismic, gravity-related) are an increasingly important issue for our societies, which have become more and more vulnerable to these risks due to population increases in high-hazard areas. The need to understand, control and manage telluric risks is therefore growing sharply, in France and elsewhere in the world. The Georisks 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 Georisks Programme has strong links with the International Master in Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology (MEEES; Erasmus Mundus Master) and shares many elements with this course.

The aim of the Georisks Programme is to train students in the geophysics of natural risks with a view to them working in research or the private sector, in natural risk assessment or the geophysical reconnaissance of callows. 

The training combines theoretical and practical approaches. It provides a range of skills that encompass the different natural risks. Students graduating from this programme are considered fully trained. In the area of seismic and gravity-related risks, employment opportunities in the short term may, for instance, be enhanced by implementation of the recent earthquake-resistance regulations, which require studies of soil behaviour calling on geophysical measurements, as well as the future national plan on dams and earthquakes.



Atouts de la formation

This course is characterised 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.

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. 


Formation tournée vers l’international

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.

The course shares many elements with the Erasmus Mundus Master MEEES: Master in Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology.

Partner laboratories
Autres structures partenaires
  • Observatoire des Sciences de l'Univers de Grenoble - OSUG





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).


This course is intended for students in geosciences with a strong interest in working in the natural risks sector. Students have solid training in physics, geosciences and/or civil engineering. 

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 field of telluric risks in France.
  • Students in continuing education wishing to pursue advanced studies in the field of telluric risks.



Further studies

This course prepares students either to continue in the private or semi-state sector (consultancies, EPIC, local authorities), 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 Geophysics Programme is possible up to the end of the M1. Depending on the choice of UEs in S1 and S2, reorientations to the Geodynamics or Georesources programmes are also possible.


According to the 2014-15 survey, nine graduate respondents were on the labour market (employment+research). Of these, 89% were in employment 30 months after graduation.