The Geoscience master proposes two specific branches:

  • Geology of Exploration and Reservoirs” (GER) offers an applied cursus in geological concepts and tools for the exploration of new oil and gas resources, metals, minerals, geothermal systems, and storage in geological reservoirs.
  • Earth Dynamics and Natural Hazards” (DTRN) offers a multi-disciplinary academic and applied cursus in both Earth dynamic processes and geological hazards such as earthquakes, landslides, coastal erosion, etc.

A special “double diploma” program is offered in partnership with the Ecole des Mines d’Ales, allowing selected students to graduate in both the University Master and the Ecole des Mines Engineer diplomas.

General skills

Geoscientists investigate a wide spectrum of natural phenomena and processes with applications to important societal issues ranging from the deep dynamics of Earth interior to its sub-surface and soil, including their interactions with the hydrosphere and atmosphere.

Among those, the Master Geosciences of Montpellier proposes to focus on a suite of major processes associated with improving our understanding of Earth dynamics and structure, exploring new geological resources, and characterizing natural hazards and their impacts. These topics are strongly tied to the societal role played by geoscientists, who provide essential information to government agencies and private companies for resource management, environmental protection, and public welfare.

During their curriculum, master students will be confronted with major scientific and societal challenges such as:

  • Characterizing and reducing the impact of natural hazards (coastal erosion, earthquakes, landslides, etc.)
  • Developing better models and state-of-the-art understanding of Earth dynamics
  • Finding and establishing new occurrences of natural resources (petroleum, mineral deposits)
  • Developing these resources in a safe and sustainable way

Today’s rapid human development places significant strains and demands on natural resources and hazard management. Thus, Earth sciences and geoscientists have a critical role to play in the establishing and ensuring a sustainable and safe environment. With its two branches focussed on Reservoir Geology and Exploration (GER) and Earth Dynamics and Natural Hazards (DTRN), the Master Geosciences aims at providing the skills and knowledge that will put graduating students at the forefront of these issues.

Earth Dynamics and Natural Hazards

A high level bilingual degree focusing on the dynamics of our planet Earth in order to improve its management and better understand geological natural hazards linked to its dynamics.

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Geology of Exploration and Reservoirs

One of the top applied Master in Geosciences focused on exploration. In order to sustain our needs, the 21st century will face a major challenge in ressources and energy.

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Common teaching units

Even if both programs are highly specialized, some teaching units are in common all along the first year such as:

  • Introduction course in the field (5 days)
  • English 1 for geosciences
  • English 2 for geosciences
  • Geophysical Imaging
  • Geochemistry, geodynamics and geochronology

The main aim is to provide common tools,  knowledge and methods in the general earth sciences (sampling, analyzes, geology in the field) that can be used in research and

In this curriculum, the emphasis is on teamwork, writing scientific reports and practicing oral exercise. These are skills that I use on a daily basis.

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Clément Esteve

Master DTRN

I sincerely believe that geosciences jobs have a future because the world always needs energy resources.

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Antoine, graduated in 2011

Master GER

of full time employment (excl. PhD) one year after graduation.

Job opportunities

The Earth Science master in Montpellier prepares students for a variety of careers in geology and related sciences in France and abroad.

About one third of graduates pursue doctoral-level (PhD) studies in both academic and  private sector research laboratories. About two thirds join private sector or public companies in positions such as engineer, researcher, project manager, etc. A few master students also enroll in our joined master – engineer program with Ecole des Mines d’Ales, leading to a range of expertise and employments from Earth sciences to industrial hazards and exploration geology and management.

After nearly a decade of existence of the Earth science (STPE) master, our alumni have found positions as assistant professors and researchers in university laboratories, such as Université de Montpellier or Université Grenoble – Alpes, and in public and private companies, such as Fugro Geoid, ONF (French National Forestry), Soldata Geophysics, Antea or CEA for instance. Similarly, Schlumberger, Total, Beicip-Franlab, Eramet, ENGIE or Eliis, are among the pool of private sector company that hire our alumni as engineers and project managers.

Course fees and costs

The tuiton fees are about 250 euros a year. The fees cover registration, academic tuition, examination, graduation and membership of the Library and sport facilities. The obligatory national health insurance is about 150 euros a year, covering 70% of any health cost in France (see below for the complementary health insurance).

For  Students entering the  course, fees have been raised to include travel and accommodation costs for fieldwork (currently a fieldtrip a week on average). Students are required to have adequate field clothing and equipment (suggested budget of 200 euros) and need to meet some subsistence costs (food, etc.) on fieldtrips (suggested budget of 10 euros per day), neither of which are covered by the course fees.

The fees do not include living costs in France. In particular, it is highly recommended to have a complementary health insurance (200 € a year) covering the missing 30 % of any medical act. It can be difficult to assess the financial implications of living and studying in Montpellier. Students who miscalculate these costs and subsequently suffer financial difficulties almost always find that this has a serious adverse effect on their studies. The University recommends that a single student allows for living expenses of approximately 800 euros a month over the duration of an MSc course.