Master Geosciences


Made possible by a collaboration between the École normale supérieure, MINES ParisTech, the Observatoire de Paris, the EPHE and the ESPCI Paris, this Master Geosciences “Sciences of the Earth and planets, environment” of the University PSL offers state-of-the-art training in the fields of Earth science, Meteorology, Oceanography, Climate science and Biogeoscience, as well as their applications for Environmental science both on Earth and in Space.

It hosts about 20 students, including ENS students. Enrollment in Master in 2021 will be open for the 1st year (M1) and 2nd year (M2) for university students who will be selected based on the provided application materials followed by an oral interview.

The course sets the foundation for the sciences of the planet and provides students with the disciplinary elements that will enable them to move towards top-level research in the specialization of their choice, or to areas of the future industry. It prepares students to tackle key themes such as climate change, the reduction of natural risks, sustainable natural resources and the energy transition.

The master is devoted to:

  • students holding a degree in Earth Sciences, Physics or Chemistry
  • students who have obtained 180 ECTS from a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent scientific course
  • students from PSL’s CPES, ENS Paris, MINES ParisTech, EPHE and ESPCI Paris or other engineering programs wishing to complete their training in the field of geosciences and environment.

The master of Geosciences is associated with the Graduate Program in Earth Sciences and Biodiversity of PSL and seeks to strengthen the links between Geosciences and Biodiversity.

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Admission on file is a selective process during which we seek to identify students strongly motivated by geosciences research professions and able to benefit from training at the highest level. We are particularly interested in students who wish to develop original and innovative professional projects in the field of geosciences.

Application for the PSL Geosciences Master

The selection procedure is done in two steps for admission in M1 as well as M2.

1. First step based on the application materials provided

>>>>>> To the admission webpage for the Master1 <<<<<<

>>>>>> To the admission webpage for the Master 2 <<<<<<

The application materials must include:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • An application letter explaining the candidate’s motivation for undertaking the research and, if possible, describing a research experiment conducted.
  • Two letters of reference from teachers or researchers who followed the candidate’s academic performance in higher education and/or during a research internship are required. You will have to provide the name and contact information/
  • A copy of the candidate’s academic transcript or quarterly academic performance reports subsequent to the bachelor’s degree or foreign equivalent
  • A copy of diplomas since the bachelor’s degree or foreign equivalent
  • In case of an application to a financial support, a letter explaining how obtaining a grant will allow the candidate’s project to be carried out. This letter must also explicit the grants already obtained by the candidate, including grants based on social criteria

2. Second stage of oral presentation and discussion

At the end of the 1st stage evaluations, the selected candidates are contacted for an interview. The objective of the oral examination is to determine the motivation and scientific abilities of the candidates.

Candidates from the L3 geosciences are not subject to this second stage.

This oral will include:

  • 15 minutes of oral presentation of the candidate on a research question of his/her choice, in connection with the themes of the formation of the department. This presentation could for example present a scientific problem, its context and its stakes, and present the latest theories or experimental results on this theme. The room in which the audition is held is equipped with a video projection system, allowing powerpoint presentations (or other).
  • 15 minutes of questions and discussion with the jury regarding the presentation and any other topic deemed appropriate by the jury to assess the candidate’s motivation and scientific abilities.

This oral could  be made with videoconference.

For any questions or for additional information, please send an e-mail to:

Calendar of the admission procedure for the start of the 2021-2022 school year
  • 1st session:
    • filing of files between March 1 and March 31, 2021
    • interviews between April 1 and April 23, 2021
  • 2nd session:
    • filing of files between April 23 and May 21, 2021
    • interviews between June 9 and 23, 2021
Calendar of research internships and fieldtrips

Master 1:

  • Fall term field internship: oceanography, geodesy, geology, atmospheric science.
  • Five-month research internship (February to June) conducted outside France.

Master 2:

  • Fall term field internship: astronomy, geology, cryosphere, hydrology.
  • Five-month laboratory internship (February to June).

For any questions or for additional information, please send an e-mail to:

PhD Track

PSL proposes grants that cover the funding of the 2-year master + a PhD. Caution, the deadline for application is fixed to February 7th 2021.
More information and registration on the dedicated page of the PSL website.

Support to request when applying for a master’s degree

Thanks to the Earth Sciences and Biodiversity graduate program two types of financial support are offered.

2 housing grants and a master’s grant will be awarded, mainly on criteria related to the quality of the course and the students’ project

These are 2 housing grants amounting to € 1,900 and a master’s grant amounting to € 10,000.
These scholarships are offered to M1 and M2 students, and will be allocated as a priority during the 1st application session. Obtaining a scholarship in M1 does not automatically obtain the scholarship in M2.

These scholarships will be awarded on merits. To apply, you must complete the master’s application file with a letter explaining how obtaining a scholarship will allow the candidate’s project to be carried out. This letter must also explain the grants already obtained by the candidate, including grants based on social criteria.

Support for carrying out the research internship abroad

For the compulsory research internship abroad in M1, financial aid may be obtained either with Erasmus or with the Department of Geosciences.

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List and descriptions of courses are subject to update
Methods (Mandatory)
Numerical methodsM1
Inverse methodsM1
Remote sensingM1
Machine learningM2
Applied geoscientific modelingM2
Nonlinear dynamic systemsM2
Climate changeM1M2
Chemistry and composition of planetary atmospheresM1M2
Geophysical fluid dynamicsM1M2
Meteorology dynamicsM1M2
Ocean dynamicsM1M2
Science and society of climate predictionsM1M2
Coastal HydrodynamicsM2
Clouds, Aerosols and PrecipitationsM2
Atmospheric chemistry and air quality:
Processes and modelling at urban to global scales
Organic pollutants in the environmentM1M2
Biogeochemical cycles and couplingM1M2
Water resourceM1M2
Terrestrial ecosystems and global changesM1M2
Numerical modelling of water resourcesM2
Planetology : interior, surface, atmosphereM1M2
Current challenges in terrestrial biogeochemistry – soil-plant interactionsM1M2
Process of large global environmental changesM1M2
Terre solide
Mechanics of fracturing and seismic ruptureM1M2
Geomaterials and sustainable developmentM1M2
Global geodesy and global referencesM1M2
Non-carbon mineral resources, an introductionM1M2
Marine geology and geophysicsM1M2
Large geological complexesM1M2
Multiscale geophysical imagingM1M2
Stages (Obligatoires)
Field internship: oceanography, geodesy, geology, atmosphereM1
Internship of research initiation abroadM1
Field internship: astronomy, geology, cryosphere, hydrologyM2
Internship of research initiationM2
Changement climatique : sciences, sociétés, politiqueM1M2
Écologie politique : grands débats de l’environnementM2
Géopolitique de l’environnementM2
Négociations climatiques, géopolitique du climatM1M2
Risques et catastrophesM1M2
Savoirs et politiques de la Terre, XVIe-XXIe sièclesM1M2