Science, Engineering

Ecological Engineering and Biodiversity Management IEGB - Apprenticeship

  • ECTS

    60 credits

  • Duration

    1 year

  • Training structure

    Faculty of Science

  • Language(s) of instruction

    French

Presentation

The IEGB Master course is presented on the website of the Master's degree in Environmental and Biodiversity Management: www.ingénieurs-ecologues.fr 

Students in the IEGB Master's programme are trained in environmental and ecological engineering and in the management of biodiversity and aquatic environments. They integrate ecological, sociological and environmental dimensions into programmes for the management and preservation of natural resources and environments, holistic management of natural or protected areas, protection and conservation of species, but also into programmes for reducing the vulnerability of territories to climate and global changes and increasing their resilience, protection of populations from environmental risks, including floods, as well as into programmes for planning, adaptation and sustainable development

This course is professionally oriented, and trains general ecology engineers, managers in environmental engineering, ecology, biodiversity and hydraulics. In line with the Sustainable Development Goals, this master's degree and its teaching programme are recognised and supported by the UNESCO centre on water and the environment in Montpellier (IciReward)  

The teaching takes place in multiple and complementary forms in order to encourage learning, creativity and the involvement of students in their training: from online lectures, to concrete field cases in contact with professionals, via fundamental scientific disciplines, field techniques, digital modelling or even operational group projects. The many opportunities for exchanges between students, and between students and professionals, help develop the professional network of future graduates, which is essential for effective integration into the professional world, and allow them to learn interdisciplinarity, which is essential for the environmental, ecological and societal management of territories, environments or species.

The IEGB course is open to initial and continuing education, as well as to professional training and apprenticeship contracts. The IEGB course has been open to apprenticeships since 2010.

Fields of training: Main: environmental sciences, agronomy, plant biology, ecology, environment, evolution, biodiversity, science and technology, water sciences.

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  • In general, 100% success rate.

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Objectives

The professional fields targeted by the IEGB Master's degree are part of the ecological, energy and agricultural transition of societies, the study and management of biodiversity for conservation purposes, ecological engineering and naturalist expertise, and the sustainable exploitation of biological and aquatic resources. 

As the impacts of climate and global changes (climate disruption, biodiversity collapse, systemic pollution, growing inequalities, etc.) degrade our environments and societies, public policies for the implementation of sustainable development are pushing for the amplification and acceleration of the ecological transition among all social and economic actors in developed and developing countries. The European and national legislative frameworks and regulations are pushing towards a conciliation between user satisfaction on the one hand and the protection and preservation of ecology, biodiversity and water on the other. GEMAPI, Water Law files, Avoid, Reduce and Compensate are some examples. Management, conservation or protection actions must therefore be carried out in a holistic, interdisciplinary and inclusive manner combining scientific, technical and societal approaches.

The aim of the Master's programme in Ecological Engineering and Biodiversity Management (IEGB) is to train future managers and engineers in the field of the environment, ecology and biodiversity, with specialisations ranging from integrated environmental management to naturalist expertise, biodiversity conservation and natural risk prevention. The main outlet is the executive job at Bac+5 level in environmental project engineering.

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Know-how and skills

Graduates of the IEGB Master's degree share a scientific and technical training in general and applied ecology in Master 1, and dedicated to the environment, biodiversity and hydraulics in Master 2 for applications in the management of natural areas (reserves, protected sites, wetlands, anthropised basins, etc.), on the sustainable development of territories, on the prevention of natural risks including floods, on the conservation of biodiversity, on the resilience of communities and territories to changes.

Trained in both terrestrial and aquatic ecology, they approach all ecosystems with the possibility of gradually specialising in taxa (fauna/flora) and/or environments (land/water).They acquire the tools for studies (inventories, cartography, observatories) and diagnoses (statistics, modelling) as well as project management, teamwork and communication methods dedicated to the enhancement, restoration, preservation, protection and applied research of biodiversity, environments and the environment. 

  • To master the methods and techniques of naturalist inventories and diagnoses, as well as the survey of vegetation, populations and rare species 
  • Define and conduct experimental, inventory, determination, observation and hydrometric systems for contrasting environments using technical approaches
  • Analyze, criticize, prioritize and synthesize the heterogeneous field data and information collected
  • Analysing sites: taking biodiversity into account in construction projects, integrating the project into its environment, carrying out a complete inventory of waterways 
  • Carry out statistical analysis of data
  • Proficiency in specialised software, common office software, mapping, database and statistical analysis software
  • Mastering the tools, techniques and methods of biodiversity enhancement, preservation, protection or restoration 
  • Independently deploy techniques and methods of study and restoration of species and environments 
  • Model the impacts of developments or measures on the aquatic environment (dynamics, sediment, erosion, hydraulic structures, flooding, etc.) as well as the effectiveness of ecological rehabilitation measures
  • Develop impact reduction or compensation measures  
  • Carrying out environmental studies: ecological impact studies, territorial diagnostics, Natura 2000 site impact studies.  
  • Formulate recommendations (proposed development plans, restoration work).  
  • Develop management plans for natural environments (reserves, natural areas, wetlands, etc.).  
  • Project management (including administrative and financial management and team management). 
  • Communicate scientifically and technically in writing and orally, adapting to the audience
  • Facilitating meetings
  • Write technical notes, summary sheets, scientific and technical reports, regulatory dossiers, responses to calls for tender and technical specifications
  • Be able to deploy consultation or participatory methods and techniques
  • Be able to advise stakeholders on the preservation of ecosystem services   
  • Carry out a scientific and technical watch, analyse it and write a bibliographical summary 
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International dimension

Students may choose to do their end-of-year internships abroad, either in M1 or M2.

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Organization

Control of knowledge

see EU fiches

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Special facilities

Contact the course leaders to discuss each case specifically (high-level athletes, students with disabilities, working students, etc.).

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Open in alternating years

Type of contract

Apprenticeship contract, Professionalization contract

The work-study calendar is available from the CFA for the M1 and M2 (see contacts tab)

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Programme

The Master 1 of this course is in "Environmental and Biodiversity Management", open to initial and continuing education and apprenticeships. It is common to the Rainet', ComBiodiv, AQUADURA and IEGB courses. This year allows students to acquire the scientific bases, particularly in ecology and biostatistics. Optional courses also allow students to start specialising.

The Master 2 is only for IEGB students. 

The teaching schedule is spread out over the whole academic year, covering the time slot of 8:00-20:00 from Monday to Friday, except on Saturdays when the time slot is limited to 8:00-12:00. However, the Saturday slot is rarely used.

These time slots do not include field or in-company teaching. 

 

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Select a programme

M2 - Ecological Engineering and Biodiversity Management - Apprenticeship

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  • River modelling

    2 credits
  • Ecological engineering and restoration (ERC sequence)

    2 credits
  • M2-GE Apprenticeship Project

    6 credits3h
  • GEMAPI (Gestion Milieux Aquatiques & Prévention Inondations)

    2 credits
  • Tools for territorial dialogue

    2 credits
  • Ecology Environment Anthropo Society (Pyrenees seminar)

    2 credits
  • Ue Choice

    10 credits
    • Choice of 1 of 2

      • EU Choice C(4,4)

        • Choice of 4 out of 13

          • Ecosystem approach to fisheries

            2 credits15h
          • Urban ecology

            2 credits
          • TOIC/TOEFL preparation

            2 credits
          • Agroecology

            2 credits
          • Law of the Sea

            2 credits15h
          • Methods and analysis of surveys in SHS

            2 credits
          • Mediation and Governance of territories

            2 credits
          • Ecology Fair-2

            2 credits1h
          • Project management

            2 credits15h
          • Impacts of climate change on organisms, ecosystems and

            2 credits
          • Advanced GIS

            2 credits
          • Individual Project in GE 1

            2 credits
          • Communication in organisations

            2 credits15h
      • Ue Choice

        10 credits
        • Choice of 1 of 3

          • Individual Project in GE 2

            4 credits
          • Ue Choice C(2,2)

            • Choice of 4 out of 13

              • Ecosystem approach to fisheries

                2 credits15h
              • Urban ecology

                2 credits
              • TOIC/TOEFL preparation

                2 credits
              • Agroecology

                2 credits
              • Law of the Sea

                2 credits15h
              • Methods and analysis of surveys in SHS

                2 credits
              • Mediation and Governance of territories

                2 credits
              • Ecology Fair-2

                2 credits1h
              • Project management

                2 credits15h
              • Impacts of climate change on organisms, ecosystems and

                2 credits
              • Advanced GIS

                2 credits
              • Individual Project in GE 1

                2 credits
              • Communication in organisations

                2 credits15h
          • Pollution and bioremediation of ecosystems

  • Global Change: characterisation, impacts & adaptations

    2 credits
  • New technologies for the study of Biodiversity

    2 credits
  • Ecology Fair-1

    2 credits1h
  • End of studies internship by apprenticeship M2 GE GG

    26 credits
  • COGITHON

    4 credits

Admission

Target audience

Students in initial training, continuing education, apprenticeship or vocational training who have 180 ECTS for entry into M1 and at least 240 ECTS for entry into M2

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Necessary pre-requisites

180 ECTS validated to apply for the Master 1 Environmental Management

240 ECTS validated to apply for the Master 2 Ecological Engineering and Biodiversity Management

The student wishing to enter the apprenticeship programme must have an apprenticeship contract 

We would like to draw attention to the very high attractiveness of this course, which requires the implementation of an important selection process

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Recommended prerequisites

To apply for the Master 1 Environmental Management: to have completed a degree in biology, ecology, evolution or environmental sciences including at least 5 ECTS in biology-ecology

 

To apply for the Master 2 Ecological Engineering and Biodiversity Management IEGB :

  • to have completed a Master 1 in Environmental and Biodiversity Management (direct admission to M2 in this case)
  • have completed a Master's degree in environmental sciences including courses in sustainable development, or ecology, or hydrology, or biology (number of places limited - see also the Double Competence Master's course in this field)
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And then

Further studies

The IEGB Master's graduate has a diploma conferring the grade of Master and has accumulated 300 ECTS during his or her higher education studies, which allows him or her to continue on to a doctorate, to a DU requiring 300 ECTS (or less), to a Master's degree...

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Further study abroad

The Master's degree is one of the four higher education degrees recognised at European level, awarding 300 ECTS and allowing the pursuit of studies abroad.

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Gateways and reorientation

At the end of the Master 1 in Environment and Biodiversity Management, the student who has acquired his 180 ECTS can ask to be reoriented towards another Master 2 course of the Environment Management mention than the one in which he had applied to enter the Master 1 (among Rainet', ComBiodiv, IEGB, AquaDura). However, this reorientation will be subject to the adequacy of the student's professional project with the targeted course, to the acquisition of the necessary prerequisites and to the capacity of the targeted course.

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Professional integration

 The IEGB Master's courses are mainly aimed at executive jobs at the 5-year level in environmental project engineering.

The professions targeted by the Master 2 IEGB are : 

  • Ecological engineers in environmental, ecological and biodiversity engineering;
  • Managers and conservators of biodiversity or protected sites; 
  • Ecological operation managers; Naturalist and ecological surveyors; Biodiversity project managers 
  • Ecological engineers ; 
  • Environmental consultants; GEMAPI project managers; Aquatic environment management project managers; 
  • Project managers: Environment, Natura2000, Green and Blue Network, National Action Plan, Fauna, Flora, Biodiversity, Natural heritage and landscapes, ...
  • Design engineers applied to environmental management, biodiversity management, sustainable development, integrated management of water and the environment and associated risks; or research engineers, researchers and teacher-researchers (with the possibility of pursuing a doctorate);

 

The representatives of the professional branches preferably involved are in : 

 

Ecological and environmental engineering : 

  • Environmental, ecological, ecological transition and naturalist consultancy firms: most of these consultancy firms are members of the UPGE and/or the AFIE, two partner organisations of the GE Master's programme. 
  • Sustainable development or environment and water consultancies: reconciling the management of environments and risks through the implementation of the GEMAPI with a more holistic vision of the environment (ecology, hydroecology, hydraulics, renaturation, hydrogeomorphology restoration, infrastructures, hydrobiology, etc.): CEREG, Philia ingénierie, Champalbert expertises, INGEROP, etc. 
  • Companies from the environment, agronomy, energy, water, transport, construction and public works sectors, etc.EGIS, VEOLIA, TOTAL, BOUYGUES, EDF, ENGIE, CDC-Biodiversity, SNCF, OTEIS, BRLi, SUEZ consulting, etc. 

 

Agroecology: Federation of CIVAMs, Federation of GABs, chambers of agriculture, etc. 

 

Biodiversity and environmental management : 

  • Nature conservation associations: Federation of CENs, LPO, hunting federation, fishing federation, and a whole host of local associations. 
  • Public institutions for the protection of nature and the environment: the OFB, national parks, regional nature parks, national and regional nature reserves, water agencies, environmental agencies, etc. 
  • Local authorities and their EPCIs (mixed management syndicates): regions, departments, metropolises, conurbations, communities of communes and municipalities, syndicates and mixed syndicates of basins. 
  •  Decentralised state services: DREAL, DDTM, DRAF, etc. 

 

Applied research for biodiversity conservation : 

  • The EPSTs of finalised research: INRAE, IRD, CNRS, etc. 
  • EPICs: CIRAD, IFREMER, etc. 
  • Public and administrative establishments: OFB (Ex-ONCFS, Ex-ONEMA), ONF, EPTB 
  • The R&D departments of major companies in the environment, agronomy, energy, water, transport, construction and public works sectors, etc.VEOLIA, PINK LADY, TOTAL, BOUYGUES, CNR, EGIS, ANTEA, etc.  

 

The integration of graduates is facilitated by the proximity of the course to the students, via :

  • ARTIO the GE Master's Student Association,
  • The Ecology Fair organised each year by the GE master's courses, 
  • Company visits,
  • The relationship with the IEGB alumni network (700 graduates since 2006), 
  • Open days and company days at the University of Montpellier. 

As this programme is largely internationalised, graduates have the opportunity to join similar organisations abroad where the University of Montpellier's 'signature' is known and recognised due to its leading position in the Shanghai ranking in the scientific discipline of ecology and its I-SITE accreditation via the MUSE foundation.Similarly, the international subsidiaries of the major French companies mentioned above. 

 

The results show that out of 48 graduates, 53% have a job in the speciality and 96% of them are in line with their professional project! The average time to access the first job is 2.8 months. The median salary is €1495 net for jobs that are mainly on fixed-term or permanent contracts. 7% continued their studies (including doctoral studies).

The employment outcomes of students who have completed their IEGB apprenticeship show that overall, 90% of IEGB apprentices are in employment after their apprenticeship, about half of them with the employer where they were apprenticed.

The above figures relate to the integration of the IEGB class of 2014-2015. The results of the survey are available at: https://sciences.edu.umontpellier.fr/entreprises-et-insertion/insertion-des-diplomes/les-enquetes-dinsertion/

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