The International Master in Solid Earth Sciences (IMSES) is a one-year program set up at the second year of the European Master level (M2). Its objective is to train top-level solid-earth geoscientists in the fields of geophysics, geology or geochemistry. A maximum of 10 students coming from all over the world are admitted each year, with the possibility for non-French students to be awarded a scholarship, through University of Paris’ MIEM or SMARTS-UP scholarship schemes. A wide range of courses are available, all taught in English. Training through research work and complex problem solving allows IMSES graduates to subsequently pursue a PhD in academia or work in industry.
Possible scholarship : apply to University of Paris
or SMARTS-UP scholarship
Maximum number of students : 10
Teaching language : English
Minimum four years of undergraduate/master’s degree, European M1 level or USA/Asian B4 (senior) equivalent, in (geo-) physics, (geo-) chemistry, geology, computer sciences, mathematics and/or engineering.
A strong background in mathematics, physics and computer sciences is required, along with some prior exposure to Earth Sciences through courses or internships.
Fluency in English is required: minimum B2, ideally C1 level (as confirmed by a test score e.g. TOEFL or IELTS; if student has studied in a program where the medium of instruction is English, a letter attesting of this is sufficient)
Selection for admission to the Master’s program and for awarding of a scholarship is based on academic criteria. Students with annual average grades of 14/20 and above are especially encouraged to apply.
Separate applications need to be filed for the University of Paris’ MIEM or SMARTS-UP scholarships (follow links given above) and for the Master’s program. Regarding applications to the Master’s program:
- European students are invited to apply via University of Paris’ eCandidat portal from March 15th to June 20th 2022.
N.B. For non-European students, if your country of residence is not included in the Études en France country list, you must apply via eCandidat.
Available courses: see list at bottom of the page
Organization of the year
Course works from September to January, research internship from February to June in academia or industry
Route after graduation: PhD, work in private sector
Jobs: academic position (research, teaching), scientist in R&D at a company, consultant, project manager at a company, teacher
Places of employment: universities, research institutions, geological surveys, companies in the energy sector (including oil and gas), in the groundwater sector, in the digital sector, insurance companies, technical consultancies (in environmental engineering, geophysics), government agencies, local agencies, secondary education
Hélène Carton | firstname.lastname@example.org
IPGP - Géosciences Marines
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IPGP - Université de Paris - Département de la Formation et des Études Doctorales - Scolarité du Master STEP - Bureau P06 - 1 rue Jussieu, 75238 Paris cedex 05 - Tel: +33 1 83 95 75 20
Mandatory courses are the Research internship (in academia or industry) and the Tutored project, corresponding to a total of 33 ECTS credits. In addition, students are required to select 9+1 optional courses of 3 ECTS credits each (or 1 course of 6 ECTS credits and 7+1 courses of 3 ECTS credits), bringing them 27 ECTS credits.
Depending on schedule, the following optional courses may also be available: