Master Geosciences

Earth System Sciences

The master « Earth and planetary Sciences, Environment » from PSL University is the result of the collaboration between the École Normale Supérieure, MINES ParisTech, the Observatoire de Paris, the EPHE and the ESPCI Paris. It provides advanced training in the areas of Earth sciences, meteorology, oceanography, climate sciences and the biogeosciences, as well as their applications in environmental sciences, on Earth and in space.

Call for Applications – PSL PhD Track Grants 2021 – dead line February 7

Field trip, October 2019

Educational Goals

The master offers an extensive view on Earth sciences, Atmospheric and Climate sciences, Oceanography, Biogeosciences. It provides the quantitative and disciplinary bases that will allow student to become actors of the future research in geosciences and to contribute to innovation and R&D in the industry.  The master will help develop open-mindedness and intellectual development. It promotes interdisciplinarity and includes many field activities and several research internships. The course provides students with the disciplinary elements that will enable them to move towards top-level research in the specialization of their choice, or to industrial future sectors. It prepares students to tackle key issues such as climate change, natural risks reduction, sustainability of natural resources, as well as energy transition.

Proposed formation

This master’s degree contains a modular formation dedicated to the study of the Earth System Science, in which each student will define its own investment in the multi-disciplinary offer. In order to help the student in such choice, he/she will be helped by a tutor from a research group of a partner’s institutions. The formation has a strong research component.

The master includes several modules:

(1) a common core with 2 field trips and 2 research internships

(2) mandatory classes focusing on quantitative methods of geosciences

(3) a great number of classes in option, which could be taken in M1 or M2. This allows each student to build his/her thematic or disciplinary way by choosing the options with the advices of his/her tutor.

These option classes cover the following disciplinary fields:

  • Solid Earth: 9 modules
  • Ocean-Atmosphere: 7 modules
  • Continental and oceanic interfaces: 11 modules
  • Geosciences and society: 6 modules

During the 1st year (M1), it is requested that students choose at least one module in each of the 4 different disciplinary fields, in order to ensure a broad opening to the geosciences.

During the 2nd year (M2), the course can be more specialized, to adapt to the project of each student.

See the master geosciences list of modules proposed in M1 and M2

see detailed Master program

Targeted audience

Students holding a Bachelor Degree in Earth Sciences, Physics, Chemistry or 180 ECTS credits from a scientific course at the undergraduate level or equivalent, and especially students from the CPES of PSL, the ENS Paris, MINES ParisTech, the EPHE and the ESPCI Paris or from any other engineering schools wishing to complete their training in the field of geosciences and environment.


Some students from the master will pursue a PhD and then enter an academic career in research institute or Universities. A growing number of students will move toward a career in large companies, private or public, or major State Agencies.

Laboratories involved

The master is proposed by the research laboratories of the ENS and of the partner institutions, especially:

  • Laboratory of Geology of the ENS
  • Laboratory of Meteorology Dynamics
  • Institute Pierre Simon Laplace
  • MINES ParisTech Geosciences Center
  • The Observatory of Paris
  • The EPHE (Practical School of Advanced Studies) (UMR METIS, UMR EPOC and UMR LETG)
  • The ESPCI (Paris Higher School of Industrial Physics and Chemistry).

The teachings are based on research conducted in these laboratories and draw on the expertise of many of their scientist.

The +

  • An innovative approach built around a comprehensive perspective on « Planet Earth » vision (Solid Earth, Ocean / Atmosphere, Space Environment, Interfaces).
  • Instruction based on a “learn by doing” approach to research with two long internships in laboratory during the 1st and 2nd years (M1 and M2), the first one abroad.
  • A new collaboration between some of the most prestigious institutions in France in the field of Earth sciences.
  • Immersion in an advanced international research ecosystem, working closely with major laboratories and scientific innovation.
  • Individualized training based on a wide range of options courses, allowing each student to build his/her disciplinary focus in relation to his/her tutor.
  • A flexible format that allows, as in most top international universities, to spread ones courses over the two years.
  • Instruction integrating a science and society component, in line with the key themes of climate change, the reduction of natural hazards, sustainable natural resources, the energy transition.
  • Proven career opportunities in both business and public administration, in addition to those related to research and academic.
  • An international study framework with most of the lessons that can be taught in English.
  • Unique campus life in the heart of Paris, taking advantage of the opportunities for inter-institutional meetings and exchanges offered by PSL University.

Registration to the master

Two admission phases for the 1st and 2nd years of the master will be open for the year 2021-2022:

  • 1st session : from March 1st to March 31st 2021
  • 2nd session : from April 21 2021 to May 23 2021


Thanks to the Earth Sciences and Biodiversity graduate program 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

Moreover, PSL proposes some PhD grants that cover the funding of the 2-year master and a PhD. Caution, the deadline for application is fixed to February 7th.

Link to the admission page

Further informations

Brochure of the master Geosciences Earth and Planetary Sciences, Environment

Link to the master page on the PSL website