The Master in Earth, Planetary, and Environmental Sciences (STPE) offers two programmes: Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) (Year 1 = foundation, Year 2 = Advanced) and International Master in Planetary and Geosciences (IMPG) (Year 2 = Advanced). Read more

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A practical education

  • Professional internships:
  • Field courses (M1 & M2):
    • EPS course: 14 days
  • Many project works (M1 & M2):
    • Individual projects
    • Group projects
  • Courses taught in English:
    • 15% in M1
    • 100% in M2
  • Mixed teaching team:
    • 50% teacher-researchers from the University
    • 40% of researchers, engineers and researchers from public organisations (CNRS, CNES, ESA, Université Gustave Eiffel, etc.)
    • 10% of engineers and researchers from private organisations (companies, consultancies, start-ups)

Capacity 2022-2023

For the 1st year of the Master in Nantes: 12
For the 2nd year of the Master: 18

For information, expected numbers :

  • For the Earth and Planetary Sciences course: 12 (M1); 12 (M2)
  • For the International Master in Planetary Geosciences course: 6 (M2)

Applications open from 11 April to 6 May 2022. Read more

General information

  • 2 years
Places *
* The EPS programme takes place in Nantes, with the exception of the Biogeochemistry course (M1, Angers). The IMPG programme takes place in Nantes in M2, with the exception of the "Space exploration programme" module, which takes place at the European Space Agency (ESTEC, Netherlands).
Internship(s) *
Yes, Compulsory
* 2 to 5 months in M1, 5 to 6 months in M2


Master STPE
You would like to work as an engineer or a researcher in the fields of geology or planetology. You hold a Bachelor's Degree in Life, Earth, Planetary or Environmental Sciences; or you have another graduate degree (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Mechanics, etc.) but are motivated by these disciplines.

The Master in Earth, Planetary, and Environmental Sciences (STPE) proposes two programmes: Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) and International Master in Planetary Geosciences (IMPG). 

The Master STPE is integrated in the Graduate Program Earth & Planetary Sciences (EPS), included in the Graduate School 3MG (Matter, Molecules, Materials & Geosciences) of Nantes University. The Graduate programmes (Master +/- Doctorate) offer advanced training through research, which is adapted to the academic, public and private career sectors. 

First and second year of the Earth and Planetary Sciences programme is a part of the graduate programme. If you choose the IMPG programme, you apply for an European programme with a first year of the master programme in Portugal and/or Italy.

Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS)
International Master in Planetary Geosciences (IMPG)

This Master's degree is mainly based on the expertise of the Nantes-Atlantique Observatory of Universe Sciences (OSUNA) and the Laboratory of Planetology and Geosciences (LPG), Nantes Université.


Become a researcher in geology and/or planetology

The Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) programme trains professionals capable of working, at an international level, in basic and applied research in geology and planetology. Additional skills in geomatics, remote sensing and quantitative data analysis will enable you to include the spatial and temporal dimensions of geological, geophysical and geochemical processes.

Contact the person responsible for M1 EPS : Antoine Bezos
Contact the person responsible for M2 EPS : Olivier Verhoeven

Become a space mission expert

Perseverance carré The International Master in Planetary Geosciences (IMPG) programme, taught entirely in English, aims to train experts in the preparation, participation in operational activities, analysis and interpretation of the results of space exploration missions. Many courses are common with those of the M2 EPS course (~85% to 100%). The courses are specialised in geophysics, planetary analogues, data analysis of physical processes, planetary interiors and surfaces and space missions.

Contact the persons responsible for M2 IMPG: Olivier Verhoeven and Sabrina Carpy: IMPG@univ-nantes.fr



  • In 2022-2023, the programme of the second year of the EPS Master will be identical to the M2 IMPG.



  • The EPS programme takes place in Nantes, except for the "Biogeochemistry" module (M1, Angers).

  • The IMPG programme takes place in Nantes, with the exception of the "Space exploration program" module, which takes place at the European Space Agency (ESTEC, Netherlands).
  • The IMPG, is organized between three European universities : the University of Coimbra in Portugal (M1 Semester 1 or 2), the University of Chieti/Pescara (M1 Semester 1 or 2) and the Nantes Université (M2 Semester 3). Internship inside the international consortium GeoPlaNet (M2 Semester 4).

Person in charge of the academic program

  • Contact:
    • for the whole EPS programme (first and second year of master STPE) : gabriel.tobie@univ-nantes.fr
    • for the IMPG programme : IMPG@univ-nantes.fr


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Prerequisites for enrolment

Bachelor level, Bac +4

Prerequisites training

  • Bachelor's Degree in Life, Earth, Universe or Environmental Sciences.
  • Another bachelor's degree (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Mechanics, ...) if you are motivated.
  • The IMPG M2 course welcomes you in M2 if you do your M1 in Nantes (M1 EPS), in Portugal (Master degree in Astrophysics and Instrumentation for Space - (M1 MAIS) at the University of Coimbra) or in Italy (Percorso in Planetary Sciences - (M1 PPS) at the University of Chieti-Pescara).

Expectations and criteria for examining applications

Conditions of applications

Selective access in Master 1 & 2 : how to apply for a Master's degree ?

Application procedure for the academic year 2022-2023 :

  • Opening dates of the M1 application server :
    • Server opening: 11 April 2022
    • Server closure: 6 May 2022

For information, documents to be attached to the application file:

  • A CV written in English, detailing, among other things, professional experience (internships,...), extracurricular activities and responsibilities,...
  •  A cover letter written in English, with a description of your professional project.
  • Transcripts from the Higher Education system.

Conditions of specific applications

Application procedures for foreign students /étudiants étrangers


In the first year (M1 - 60 ECTS), you have the choice between two gateway streams  :

  • A graduate programme Earth and Planetary Sciences in Nantes (EPS - 60 ECTS) 
  • A European master programme (IMPG - 60 ECTS) for either or a combination of:
    • 30 to 60 ECTS of a first year of the master degree in Astrophysics and Instrumentation for Space - MAIS (University of Coimbra, Portugal)  
    • 30 to 60 ECTS of the first year of the Percorso in Planetary Sciences - PPS (Université of Chieti-Pescara, Italy).

You then pursue your training in one of the two programmes of M2: Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) and International Master in Planetary Geosciences (IMPG).

The organization of the master and its programmes allows you to specialize gradually and to obtain an interdisciplinary degree, much appreciated in the labor market. Over the entire Master (M1 + M2), you will spend 7 to 11 months in professional placements. You will also participate in several (2 to 3) field studies, depending on your course options, and carry out a great deal of project work.
100% of the courses are taught in English.

Content of the academic programm

1st year (EPS course)


  • Biogeochemistry (3 ECTS)
  • Scientific and professional English (2 ECTS)
  • Preparation for professional integration (1 ECTS)
  • Modelling and analysis of geological data (7 ECTS)
  • Magmatic petrology (7 ECTS)
  • Geomorphology (6 ECTS)
  • Hydrology and sediment dynamics (4 ECTS)


  • Geographic Information System 1 (3 ECTS)
  • Principles of remote sensing (5 ECTS)
  • Professional internship (6 ECTS)
  • Physics of the interior of the Earth and planets (5 ECTS)
  • Structural petrology in the metamorphic domain (5 ECTS)
  • Subsurface geophysics (3 ECTS)
  • Environmental geochemistry (3 ECTS)

2d year (EPS & IMPG course)


  • Earth and Planetary Surface Processes (5 ECTS)
  • Earth and Planetary Interiors (5 ECTS)
  • Fluid Dynamics applied to transport processes (5 ECTS)
  • Lab analyses and field geophysics (4 ECTS)
  • Space Exploration Programmes (3 ECTS)
  • Earth and Planetary Remote Sensing (3 ECTS)
  • Geographic information system (2 ECTS)
  • Data Analysis (2 ECTS)
  • Science and Research communication (1 ECTS)


5-month internship within one of the 20 GeoPlaNet consortium’s members

The aim of the two internships in M1 and M2 is to introduce the student to professional life in industry, administration or research. These internships can be carried out in any establishment (private or public) whose field of activity is related to the Environment, Earth Sciences or Planetology: research laboratories of Nantes University or other universities, private companies or public organisations. Internships may be carried out in France or abroad. The M1 internship can also be validated by the student's registration for the Entrepreneuriales.

In M1, the minimum duration of the internship is 2 months but we strongly encourage students to do longer internships (up to 5 months), including the spring and/or summer holidays.
In M2, the internship starts in January or February. It must last between 5 and 6 months.

If students carry out an internship in France lasting more than two months (within the legal limit of 6 months), they must receive a bonus, whether the internship takes place in a company or in a research laboratory, in accordance with the decree of 21 July 2009.

Each internship is the subject of an agreement between the University, the intern and the host organisation, in which the subject of the internship, the name of the professional supervisor and that of the university teacher-referent are indicated. The professional supervisor supervises the work of the trainee. The teacher-referent's role is to ensure that the internship runs smoothly by guiding the student through the various steps, from drawing up the internship agreement to the final examination.

The search for an internship is the responsibility of the student, who must have his or her internship project validated by the head of his or her Master's programme before the internship agreement is signed. At the end of the internship, the work carried out is presented in a report, which is defended orally before a jury whose composition is defined by the Master's teaching staff.

Educational objectives
  •  To acquire, process, analyse and interpret scientific and technical data
  •  To define or take part in a project in a professional environment
  •  To carry out and present a project in a professional environment
  •  To re-use theoretical knowledge in a complex professional context
  •  To place their work in a scientific, technical, industrial, economic or societal context
  •  Make effective written and oral presentations in a professional context
  •  Work independently and in a team
  •  Apply job search techniques in practice
  •  Insert oneself in professional networks

What's next ?

Level of education obtained after completion


Target skills

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Consult the RNCP sheet n° 31500 relating to this degree
Concerning the licences, professional licences and masters registered by right in the RNCP, 1 national sheet defines the common denominators at the level of the diploma mention for each of the universities offering this mention.

What is the RNCP?

The National Repertory of Certification is a large national database which lists all the recognised training courses in France, including the expected skills, the access procedures and information on the course and teaching methods. Nantes University has chosen to present its training offer by integrating the RNCP files. The RNCP contains descriptive sheets for each course. The aim is to make the range of courses visible and attractive.

Target activities / attested skills

  • You will explore with curiosity and critical thinking the various aspects of a scientific or technical problem in Earth, Planetary and Environmental Sciences, using existing knowledge, theories and know-how.
  • You will plan, carry out, describe, analyze and interpret field observations, laboratory experiments and numerical or analogical modeling to answer scientific or technical questions in the Earth, Planetary and Environmental Sciences, qualitatively and quantitatively (sampling, measurement, statistics).
  • You will combine qualitative and quantitative information, derived from the observation of natural systems, experimentation, modeling and consultation of scientific and technical literature, to ask and answer new questions in Earth, Planetary and Environmental Sciences.
  • You will construct, formalize and express rigorously (using written, oral, graphic or mathematical language) questions, hypotheses, reasoning, models, observations, protocols, results, interpretations and conclusions in Earth, Planetary and Environmental Sciences.
  • You will organize and join team projects to answer questions in Earth, Planetary and Environmental Sciences.
  • You will include the notions of spatial variation, temporal evolution and interaction in natural and societal systems in the development, formalization and transmission of your reasoning.

Depending on your programme choice (EPS or IMPG), specialized subject skills will reinforce this foundation.

Job opening

Business sector or job

  • Sectors:
    • Earth Sciences
    • Planetology
    • Space missions
  • Positions:
    • Engineer, geomatician, in charge of studies and projects in environmental engineering and technical departments of public and private companies; administrations and local authorities involved in spatial planning, development and environmental monitoring (seismic risks, landslides, floods, environmental diagnosis).
    • Research engineer in laboratories in geosciences, planetology, biology and geology of the environment or in the valorization of marine living resources.
    • Academic researcher in laboratories in geosciences, planetology and geology of the environment (after a PhD).
    • Engineer, project manager or researcher (after a doctoral thesis) in geosciences and planetology research laboratories

Professional integration

75% of graduates are employed after 18 months, and 90% are satisfied.

Source: 2013-2016 surveys on the professional integration of 2010 - 2014 (carried out by the SUIO for the Nantes Université).