MASTER Environment, Territory, Landscape

This specialization focuses on a vocational (initial and vocational training, apprenticeships) and research programme. Graduates acquire dual skills (legal and geographical) for analysing and understanding the environment, the landscape and their related challenges, as well as for defending territorial projects. This course provides students with the tools required to express coherent proposals that offer decision-makers various possibilities within territorial sustainable development policy frameworks.

  • Aims

Graduates acquire skills for defining strategic guidelines for the environment, for developing, implementing and commissioning diagnoses and situational studies, for collecting and processing spatialized information (GIS) and for communicating on and heightening awareness of natural and landscape heritage.

They are able to:
- Contribute to defining strategic guidelines for the environment and their implementation.
- Analyse global and specific data relevant to the area in question.
- Establish technical, administrative and financial records.
- Organize the external promotion of projects.
- Facilitate the implementation of actions on-site, by managing the communication, participation and coordination of the various partners involved.
- Ensure the monitoring, assessment and sustainability of the development process.

The ever-increasing importance placed on the environment and landscapes in territorial development projects and plans offers graduates a wide range of employment opportunities, such as being in charge of research or of assignments, development officer in the public or private sector (local and regional authorities, decentralized governmental departments, semi-public companies, consultancy firms, professional bodies, associations, etc.).

Graduates generally target 5 major areas of expertise:
- Positions related to protecting and managing natural areas (e.g. environmental project manager)
- Positions related to developing the natural heritage and the living environment (e.g. local development advisor)
- Positions related to sustainable development awareness and education (e.g. eco-advisor)
- Positions related to preventing risks and pollution (e.g. waste project manager)
- Positions related to research and teaching for those who pursue their studies to Doctorate level (e.g. university lecturer)

  • Contents or list of themes and subjects taught

The course, run by practitioners and academics, comprises classes, seminars in the research laboratories that are related to the degree (CITERES and LERAP) and a wide variety of on-site visits. Certain parts of the programme are undertaken in partnership with the National School of Higher studies in Nature and Landscape Architecture in Blois (ENSNP - Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Nature et du Paysage).  

UE 9-1: Basics
EC9-1-1: Environmental crossed-approaches
EC9-1-2 Environment and anthroposystems
EC9-1-3 Public action and sustainable development                        
EC9-1-4 Territorial governance                                                       
EC9-1-5: Local authority managers’ responsibility                             
EC9-1-6 Territorial public policy monitoring and assessment

UE 9-2: Tools
EC9-2-1 legal and geographical reference markers
EC9-2-2 CADD
EC9-2-3 GIS
EC9-2-4: Employability techniques          
EC9-2-5 FL – English

UE9-3 Risk and resource management
EC9-3-1 Biophysics knowledge: Water, Air           
EC9-3-2 Environmental risks      
EC9-3-3 Management and planning          
EC9-3-4: Flood risks and industrial risks   

UE10-4 Nature and landscape
EC10-4-1 Biophysics knowledge: Ground, vegetation
EC10-4-2 Nature and towns
EC10-4-3 Territorial landscape engineering
EC10-4-4 Heritage policies                     

UE10-5: Applied work
EC10-5-1 On-site school workshop (in partnership with the ENSNP of Blois)
EC10-5-2 Case study
EC10-5-3 Responding to a commission (local authority, private business) or tutored project
EC10-5-4 Seminars selected and followed from the choice provided by the research teams from CITERES and LERAP

UE10-6: Individual work  
As part of the initial programme, an individual vocation traineeship for at least three months.
As part of the research programme, a research dissertation.
As part of the apprenticeship programme, an apprenticeship dissertation.
This individual work is presented publically during the viva at the end of the year in front of a jury, the traineeship and apprenticeship supervisors and all students from the graduating year and admissible year.

  • Prerequisites

This specialization is open to holders of a M1 or equivalent in disciplines that are related to environmental or landscape issues, first and foremost law, economic and social sciences, geography, ecology, landscape architecture, planning and development, history, sociology, architecture and agronomy. Certain other equivalent diplomas (BC+4) may be admitted.

Professionals may also be admitted to the course, under specific conditions.