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  International Master in Solid Earth Sciences

Invitation to cutting-edge geosciences in IPGP, open to international students

The International Master in Solid Earth Sciences (IMSES) is a one-year program set up at the second year of the European Master level. 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 fellowship (1000 euros/month for 10 months; up to 7 fellowships awarded each year). 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.


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Possible fellowship : 1000 euros per month for 10 months
Maximum number of students : 10
Teaching language : English


Requirements :

Minimum four years of undergraduate/master’s degree, European M1 level or USA/Asian B4 (senior) equivalent, in (geo-) physics, (geo-) chemistry, geology, computer science, mathematics and/or engineering. Fluency in English is required.


Application procedure (Academic year 2021-2022)

Non-European students are invited to apply via Études en France from November 1st 2020 to March 5th, 2021 (please check eligible countries)


European students are invited to apply via eCandidat (lien bientôt disponible) from March 15th to June 20th 2021.


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.


Application to fellowship (deadline February 1st 2021)



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

Jobs and employment sectors

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


Head of program

Hélène Carton |
IPGP - Géosciences Marines



Administrative contact

Pascale Petitgas |
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

Available courses


* Mandatory courses correspond to a total of 33 ECTS credits
* Choice of 9+1 optional courses of 3 ECTS credits each (or 1 course of 6 ECTS credits and 7+1 courses of 3 ECTS credits) to get 27 ECTS credits