Master in Geography, regional planning, environment, development

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Master in Geography, regional planning, environment, development

International Development Studies : sustainability, participation, innovation (IDS) 2nd year

Presentation and goals

Sustainable development requires innovative strategies, new conceptual and practical tools and holistic policies. Training provides a theoretical, empirical and practical understanding of global social, economic and environmental changes, providing students with the skills and knowledge needed to promote sustainable local development in the context of globalization. This is an innovative approach comparing innovations from the South and the North, while focusing on the global circulation of development strategies

This program 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 program  consists of nine interactive courses followed by an internship within a host organization and the writing of a master dissertation.


 For more information, see as well the IDS website




Further information

  • 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 program 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

International dimension :

Internationally-oriented programmes

International teaching staff

Partner laboratories
Other partner structure(s)



    Practica, projects, and missions

    Internship: Mandatory
    Duration: 3-5 months
    Internship abroad: In France or abroad

    The 3-5 months 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.

    Registration and scholarships

    Registration and scholarships

    Access condition

    Access to 2nd year is selective. Applicants should have a minimum qualification equivalent to four years of university studies (either fur years of 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)

     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

    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.

    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


    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.

    And after

    And after

    Further studies

    We actively support students wishing to continue with a PhD thesis.

    Sectors of activity

    Career opportunities : Our rapidly changing world has a growing need for professionals with international experience, able to formulate innovative policy proposals. The students will find employment in the fields of development cooperation and regional/local planning, within government departments and agencies, supranational and multilateral development organizations, non-profit organizations, as well as in the corporate sector.

    Vocational placement

    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.