• Targeted level of study

    BAC +5

  • ECTS

    120 credits

  • Duration

    2 years

  • Training structure

    Faculty of Science


The Master (STPE) of the University of Montpellier offers a two-year training in the fields of Earth Sciences focused on geodynamics, characterization, exploration and sustainable management of geological resources, geological hazards, coastal and littoral environment. The Master prepares students for a wide range of jobs that target industry, private and public organizations, or academic research, thanks to :

  • the development of fundamental and applied knowledge and skills in Earth dynamics, geological processes and interactions with the environment;
  • to training at the executive/engineer (bac +5) and researcher level.

The Master STPE is developed for autonomous and motivated students with an interest in field and laboratory studies as well as in analytical and numerical tools used in modern Earth and environmental sciences. The program is strongly supported by the expertise of the research teams of the Geosciences laboratory of the University of Montpellier as well as by a large network of professional experts from partner industries and organizations.

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The Master STPE (Earth and Planetary Sciences, Environment) offers five specific courses:

  • Geodynamics and Geomaterials (GEODyM): course specializing in the understanding of geodynamic contexts associated with the formation of various terrestrial materials (dual degree course with the Institut d'Administration des Entreprises allowing the acquisition of a dual scientific and management/management skill);
  • Coastal Engineering and Reasoned Coastal Development (GCL): a course specializing in the study and quantification of coastal and port hydro-morphodynamic processes, geotechnics and coastal engineering, coastal risk analysis, and coastal resource management (sand, fresh water). It trains students for research and for careers in the rational management of the coastline;
  • Geological Hazards - Observations, Measurements, Modeling (AG): courses dedicated to the understanding, characterization and management of hazards and associated geological and geodynamic processes (earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, tsunamis, ...);
  • Exploration and Reservoir Geology (ERG): course dedicated to field geology for georesource exploration and energy transition issues (hydrocarbon and water reservoirs, renewable energy metals and minerals, geothermal energy and geological storage.
  • Earth and Water Under Global Change pathway (AWARE): specialized pathway on the impact of global changes on hydrogeological and geological processes, Earth resources and environmental, geological and hydro-climatic risks.

A double degree program is offered in partnership with the École des Mines d'Alès, allowing selected students to obtain both a university Master's degree and an engineering degree from Les Mines.

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Exploration and Reservoir Geology

The GER Master's program offers high-level training in geology for the exploration of fluid and mineral resources, in connection with the energy transition. The international recognition and high placement rate of this Master's degree comes from its specialization in the analysis of natural objects (40% of practical field work in M1, and analysis on geometers in M2), as well as from its close links between excellent academic research and "major" industrial companies (hydrocarbons, mineral resources, geothermal energy, storage, etc.).

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Coastal Engineering

From the foothills to the sea, passing through lagoons and wetlands, we have been living along the coastline since the dawn of time, and we will continue to do so because the coastline is the gateway to the ocean, a source of wealth, pleasure and peace, an environment closely linked to the development of civilizations. But the coastline forms a geo-ecosystem that is very sensitive to human action. It is also particularly exposed to the effects of climate change. Finally, it is an environment that is familiar to everyone, but in fact very difficult to understand in its functioning, as the couplings between water, air, sand, rocks, and living organisms are numerous and complex. For all these reasons, the coastline is at the heart of many scientific questions related to hydro-morphodynamics and associated sciences. These questions are themselves strategic for the future of development and habitat in coastal areas, the management of coastal and marine natural areas, resource management (marine energy, sandy stock, freshwater in coastal areas), the quantification of coastal hazards and risks, and the design of innovative protective devices that respect the natural environment. 

The Master's degree in Coastal Engineering, Dynamics and Sustainable Development [GCL] trains students specializing in the study and management of coastal and port areas, based on the acquisition of skills in geotechnics and coastal engineering, coastal risk analysis, characterization of the environment through imaging and geophysics, and a solid foundation in the observation, measurement, and simulation of hydrodynamic and morphodynamic processes in the marine and port environment.


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Geodynamics and Geomaterials

The precise characterization of the different geomaterials is a major issue to allow a reasoned and sustainable development of our planet. The "Geodynamics and Geomaterials" master's degree trains students to understand the geodynamic processes associated with the formation of the various terrestrial materials.

The key points of the training are:
- the understanding of the physical and chemical processes controlling the dynamics of the Earth
- projects and internships allowing a personalized acquisition of skills
- the mastery of tools, such as digital mapping and 3D visualization of data.
- the learning of methods of quantitative characterization of geomaterials (e.g., advanced microscopy, geochemistry, experimental rock deformation)

The master's program is based on the internationally recognized scientific and technical excellence of the Geosciences Montpellier laboratory, and on the involvement of professionals in geomaterials.

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Geological hazards - Observations, Measurements, Modeling

Natural disasters and risks are one of the major issues of our society. The "Geological Hazards" master's degree trains students in the understanding and characterization of hazards and associated geological processes, at all scales of time and space, from earthquakes, volcanoes or tsunamis to landslide and stability issues.

The training is based on four axes:

  •  observation and characterization in the field
  • measurement and quantification (geophysics)
  • numerical modeling of hazards
  • understanding of the dynamics and physics of the processes

The master is based on high-level research conducted at the Geosciences Montpellier laboratory (and associated R&D laboratories) as well as on technical developments and applications in partner companies and organizations.

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IDIL - Earth and Water Under Global Change - Earth Mention

The Earth and Water Under Global Change (AWARE) master's program focuses on the impact of global changes on agro-ecological, hydrological and geological processes, as well as their consequences on socio-ecosystems and the solutions adapted to deal with these major problems. It offers students a common base of cutting-edge courses, methodological and numerical tools, and customized training dealing with the impact of climatic and anthropogenic forces on the environment and the Earth's resources. Environmental and health risks, geological risks, hydro-climatic risks and their impacts on agro-ecosystems, water resources, socio-hydrosystems or the coastal environment will also be at the heart of the transdisciplinary training offered by AWARE.

The program is supported by different research units grouped within the UNESCO ICIReWarD-Montpellier center, offering an optimal framework to study the impact of global changes on our planet, its resources and its environment.

Examples of teaching units:

- Hydro-geophysics
- Geodynamics and plate tectonics
- Chemical and ecological risks


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