Master in Geography, regional planning, environment, development

Master in Geography, regional planning, environment, development

International Development Studies: Sustainability, Participation, Innovation (IDS) 2nd year


Sustainable development requires innovative strategies, new conceptual and practical tools and holistic policies. We provide students with a theoretical, empirical and practical understanding of global social, economic and environmental change, equipping them with the skills and knowledge to promote sustainable local development in the context of globalisation. We aspire to a pioneering approach comparing innovations in South and North, while focusing on the global circulation of development strategies. This programme is designed for students with a strong background in social sciences (e.g. Geography, Regional Planning, Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, International Relations, Development, etc.) and an interest in addressing development issues critically. A general introduction to international theories, debates and politics on 'development' will form the basis for addressing major challenges to sustainable local development from theory to practice. Multi-level case studies in Africa, South-East Asia, Latin America, Pacific, Indian Ocean and Europe will be used to discuss conceptual, practical and ethical issues of contemporary development programs and projects in relevant fields, such as poverty reduction, natural resource management, transformative social innovation, community based resource management and disaster risk reduction.

The programme  consists of nine interactive courses followed by an internship within a host organization and the writing of a Master dissertation.



Atouts de la formation

An integrated, interdisciplinary and comparative approach

Problem-oriented analysis

A people-centred view

Experienced lecturing staff with an extensive network of local and international development and research organisations in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Indian and Pacific Oceans and Europe.

Teaching/Learning Methods

Alternation of lectures, seminars, workshops, team work presentations, reports, occasional field trips,  guest speakers.

The three central courses of the programme focus on social environmental and economic  sustainable development issues. Each course includes introductive lectures, giving an insight into facts, theories and concepts, as well as two seminars, focusing on project related strategies and tools.


Formation tournée vers l’international

International teaching staff

Partner laboratories
Autres structures partenaires
  • Modus Operandi, Grenoble




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The 3-5 month internship within a host organisation abroad or in a European country gives our students the opportunity to find out what working as a development expert or researcher is like. Our teaching staff will actively help the students to find a host organisation which is adequate to their interests, professional or research oriented ones. The hosting organisation may be an international or national organism, state or local government, a research centre or a university, a non-governmental organisation or a business. The internship will be done under supervision of our academic staff as well of the hosting organisation itself.



Access conditions

Access to M2 is selective. Applicants should have a minimum qualification equivalent to four years of university studies (either fur yearsof bachelor or three years of bachelor plus one year at masters level)  in social sciences (e.g. geography, regional planning, anthropology, economics, political sciences, international relations, development studies) 


Candidats shall apply via the online application platform of Grenoble Alps University.

Direct link for foreign students :!accueilView

Once you created an account, please chose the field ‘géographie et urbanisme’, than the masters : GRE -M2 GEO. AMENAGEMENT ENVIRONNEMENT DEVELOPPEMENT-INTERNATIONAL DEV. STUDIES SUSTAINABILITY, PARTICIPATION, INNOV. PI

Please note that candidats coming from a country outside European Union belonging to the CEF (Centres pour les études en France / Centres for Studies in France) (Algeria, Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Gabon, Guinea, India, Ivory Coast, Japan, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Russia, Senegal, South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, United Sates of America, Vietnam) have to apply via Campus France (

The application to the CEF procedure is not free but the cost covers the visa, at a lower rate than normal.

Tuition fees : around 500 euros (no study fees)

Application deadline: 

1st session: April, 3.

2nd session: June, 6.

Non EU students are strongly encouraged to apply for the first session in order to have enough time to obtain their visa.



Applicants should have a minimum qualification equivalent to four years of university studies

Continuous education:
Students fall under the continuous education scheme if they:
- go back to studies after an interruption of two years or more,
- did follow a continuous education programme during one of the two previous years,
- are employees, independent entrepreneurs or registered as job seekers.

In case you do not have the required diploma, you might initiate the accreditation of personal and professional experience (VAPP).


All applicants are expected to have a solid background in social sciences or working experience in development cooperation. As students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and undertake written work in English, English B2 (upper intermediate) language proficiency has to be shown by one of the following: TOEFL score of at least 87 (internet based) IELTS score of at least 5.5 (internet based) Cambridge/Oxford Advanced Certificate of Proficiency A degree from a university where English is the language of instruction. French students are legally exempted from these proficiency certificates. Their English language knowledge will be evaluated by the admissions committee. Applications will be carefully evaluated by the admissions committee. The committee assesses the quality of each application compared to the other applications received. 

Strong background in social sciences and/or working experience in the field of development cooperation

Target group

French and international students with a strong background in social sciences (e.g. Geography, Regional Planning, Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, International Relations, Development, etc.) and an interest in addressing development issues critically.




According to the 2014-2015 survey, 3 responding graduates are on the labour market (in employment + job seekers). Among them, 100% are in employment 30 months after their degree.