Master in Earth, planetary and environmental sciences

Master in Earth, planetary and environmental sciences

Earth System Sciences 1st and 2nd year

Presentation and goals

The Atmosphere-Climate-Continental landmass program follows on from the previous specialisation, Water-Climate-Environment, with changes that take into account those made to the other programs (in particular Hydro-resources) and that offer greater clarity. The Atmosphere-Climate-Continental landmass program 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 program 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

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The Atmosphere-Climate-Continental Landmass program 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 program.

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 the students.



Further information

A specific feature of this program 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 program. 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 program concern environmental monitoring and forecasting in varied contexts (air quality monitoring associations, local authorities, consulting companies).

International dimension :

Internationally-oriented programmes

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

Research internships may be held abroad.


Accredited organizational unit(s)
  • Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble
Partner laboratories



Program under construction - awaiting CFVU vote

Practica, projects, and missions

Internship: Mandatory
Duration: master 1st year : 6-8 weeks ; master 2nd year : 5-6 months
Internship abroad: In France or abroad
  • In 1st year, 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 2nd year, 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 2nd level 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).

Registration and scholarships

Registration and scholarships

Access condition

  • The 1st year 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 2nd year 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

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)

Candidature / 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

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  • 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


Tuition fees 2020-2021 : 243 €

And after

And after

Further studies

Doctoral thesis, in the field of Earth, planetary and environmental sciences

Doctorate in a foreign university

A reorientation to the Hydro-resources program is possible up to the end of the 1st year. A reorientation to the international Hydrohazards program is also possible, at the end of the semester 7.

Sectors of activity

  • 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 program concern environmental monitoring and forecasting in varied contexts (air quality monitoring associations, local authorities, consulting companies)