Master in Earth, planetary and environmental sciences

Master in Earth, planetary and environmental sciences

Georessources 1st and 2nd year

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 program has been created to respond to this need. The training is organised over two years with a series of modules in common with other programs in the specialisation, as well as modules specific to this program. Training in the field, in a company or in a research laboratory plays a key role in this program.

The aim of the Georesources program 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.

This Master Course gives you the opportunity to apply to the UGA Graduate School and one of its 15 thematic programmes that add an interdisciplinary component to your studies. Terra is the thematic programme closest to this Course. The objective of the thematic programmes is to offer students an interdisciplinary study programme combining academic teaching and training through laboratory research. The programme brings together students from different majors, master's courses or engineering programmes and works together in specific courses. Participation in the @UGA Graduate School is for two years (M1 and M2) and may open the possibility of obtaining an academic scholarship for two years for the best international students (non-French baccalaureate holders).

More information on the Graduate School website



Further information

The course has a strong focus on hands-on teaching; up to 24 ECTS of field modules can be selected in this program. 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 the master, with the Alps offering an extremely rich geological field. This course 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 program 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 semester 7 (first year of the master) and semestre 10 (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 the semester 9 are taught in English, as is at least one module from the master 1st year. Our 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

Study abroad as an exchange student

As part of this track, you have the opportunity to study for a semester or a year at a UGA partner University abroad.

The International Relations Officers of your faculty will be able to provide you with more information.

More information on :

Partner laboratories



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Master 1st year

Master 2nd year

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 semester 10 (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 company or in a research laboratory (in Grenoble or elsewhere). More and more students are choosing to carry out their 2nd year's master internship abroad, a choice that we strongly support. Laboratory internships are supervied in the host laboratory by an internship tutor and monitored by the program 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 program 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.

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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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 program 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


Tuition fees 2023-2024 : 243 € + 100€ CVEC

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 program is possible up to the end of the 1st year. Depending on the choice of UEs in semesters 7 or 8, reorientations to the Georisks or Geophysics programs are also possible.