Master in Earth, planetary and environmental sciences

Master in Earth, planetary and environmental sciences

Geophysics and Earth Imaging 1st and 2nd year

Presentation and goals

As a research training program, the master Geophysical Imaging of the Earth is for students who are interested in research in the field Earth Imaging from the superficial layers of the crust to the deep Earth. These structures are mainly understood by their seismic, magnetic, electrical or gravimetric signatures, as well as by their deformation and motion.

The courses are designed to ensure these two missions by providing solid training in the field of Earth physics to understand the mechanisms of the inner Earth at all scales: field data acquisition, signal processing, big data processing, machine learning, direct and inverse modelling using high-performance computing infrastructures. Numerical simulations of geophysical processes, subsurface imaging techniques, and methods for estimating the mechanical and physical properties of the inner Earth are the main objectives of this master.

The aim of this master in the Solid Earth Major is to train specialists in general or applied Earth imaging, who will either enter the public professional world by preparing a PhD, or directly enter the private professional world after completing the Master's degree.

The students trained in the Geophysical Imaging of the Earth program will be able to demonstrate their skills as geophysical engineers and apply for jobs in research and development, public research institutes or large industrial companies concerned with the imaging, characterization and temporal monitoring of the physical properties of underground environments and their natural reservoirs. The main applications of this work are in the field of seismology, civil engineering, natural hazard assessment, natural resource exploration and production including geothermal energy, and the storage of fluids or solid waste underground.

The Geophysical Imaging of the Earth is a significantly updated version of the previous "Geophysics" program. The new program includes the following courses

Master 1st year 

Semester 1:

Geophysical observation of the Earth
Physics and Chemistry of the Earth
Signal Processing
Introductory Field Course - Professional project
Numerical environments and programming 
Waves Physics
 Geophysical Prospecting

Semester 2:

Deep Earth Geodynamics
Exploration geophysics
Data sciences & Inverse problems
Volcanic dynamics and hasards
Instrumentation for geophysics
Introduction to Machine learning in Earth Sciences
Scientific computing
Marine Geophysics
Induced seismicity


Master 2nd year

Semester 1:

Frontiers in seismic imaging 
Quantitative seismology
Advanced Machine Learning  in Earth Sciences
Advanced signal Processing
Computing and data analysis Project
Numerical Modelling
Active Faults
Doctoral School 
Near-Surface Geophysics



Further information

This course is characterised by many digital educational activities, carried out in the form of practical assignments or projects. The principle is 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 semester 9  are taught in English, as is at least one module from the master 1st year. The policy is to offer teaching in English in the event that there are non-French-speakers among the students, both in 1st and 2nd years.

International dimension :

Internationally-oriented programmes

The program 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 program every year.



Program under construction - awaiting CFVU vote

Practica, projects, and missions

Internships in companies or laboratories are routinely conducted abroad

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

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The Geophysics program of the new master in EPES is intended for students with a background in Earth sciences and a strong preference for the physical sciences, numerical calculation and data processing, as well as students with a background in physics who are interested in the natural physics laboratory that is planet Earth. At the local level, the Physics, Earth and environmental sciences, Mechanics program of the bachelor degree (licence) in Earth sciences appears particularly suitable. Students from the bachelor in Mechanics and the bachelor in Physics may also apply.

Target group

  • Students in initial training who have obtained a bachelor degree (licence) in physics, mechanics or earth sciences
  • Foreign students wishing to pursue their studies in the geophysics field in France
  • Students in continuing education wishing to pursue advanced studies in the geophysics field


Tuition fees 2020-2021 : 243 €

And after

And after

Further studies

Graduates of the EPES master Geophysics program can continue their studies with a doctoral thesis, or supplement their training with a specialisation in computer science or business management methods.

  • A reorientation to the Georisks program is possible up to the end of the 1st year. Depending on the choice of UEs in semesters 7-8, reorientations to the Geodynamics or Georesources programs are also possible
  • Lastly, there is a Geosciences gateway locally in the Physics master through two modules of this master, Imaging and waves in natural environments (3 ECTS) and Geophysical fluids and/or instabilities (3 ECTS), option Complex matter, living matter, allowing students who have followed these modules to join the Geophysics program in 2nd year