Master GAIA

The objective of the GAIA Master's degree is to train young graduates, mainly in Earth Sciences, but also in Civil Engineering, Mechanics, Physics, in a broad way, in geological and geotechnical engineering: civil engineering geology, geotechnics, underground works, natural risks, hydraulics, geophysics, hydrogeology, remediation of polluted soils.
This academicsis characterised by an important disciplinary opening, with a high level of technicality; it allows to find a job in the research departments in geotechnics, natural risks, hydrogeology and environment. It aims to train young students in engineering methods, in order to make the dialogue between geological and geotechnical engineers and other engineering bodies effective.

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The mention of Master Georessources, Geohazards, Geotechnics of our university includes only one course "Geosciences Applied to Engineering of the Development" (GAIA) which is a academics solid in geological and geotechnical engineering in 2 years, professionalizing since the first year. This academics is centered on the acquisition of knowledge in civil and geotechnical engineering geology, geomorphology, soil and rock mechanics, resistance of materials, hydrogeology, geophysics, and natural hazards. It links field knowledge in applied geology and geomechanics as closely as possible. It also includes optional courses in remediation, soil remediation and pedology. Job opportunities are in the "Construction and Public Works" sector in the broadest sense: geological engineer - geotechnician, works manager, hydrogeologist. The missions entrusted concern reconnaissance - studies - work in civil engineering geology, geotechnics and hydrogeology, from the soil study to the dimensioning of works.


<b>A l’issue de la première année</b> les étudiants savent caractériser les sols d’un point de vue géologique, géotechnique, géophysique, hydrogéologique, et réaliser une étude de sol en laboratoire. Ils sont capables d’identifier les instabilités gravitaires en risques naturels. Ils savent construire un modèle géologique de subsurface, et un modèle hydrogéologique. Ils ont acquis les pré-requis en résistance des matériaux et en mécanique des sols et des roches nécessaires au dimensionnement des fondations et soutènements enseigné en seconde année.

<b>A l’issue de la seconde année</b>, les étudiants savent :

  • Establish a geotechnical model and design conventional and special foundations and retaining walls
  • Carry out a geological/hydrogeological synthesis for major linear development works: road, rail (and underground works for those who have taken the "underground works" option), and carry out a pre-dimensioning of these works
  • Design and dimensioning of retaining and protection structures against natural hazards
  • Design and dimensioning of urban and agricultural hydraulic structures (for those who have taken the "hydraulics" option)

<b>Ce Master s’appuie sur l’acquisition </b>:

  • Strong field practice in geosciences, with the location of the University allowing for exploitation of the land and nearby major works
  • A fundamental understanding of the processes, which is made possible by the presence of a broad and continuous spectrum of teachers and professionals

Emphasis is placed on the notion of sustainability of the planned or completed development, by taking into account environmental constraints, particularly in mountain areas. Most of the programme has a particular meaning in the mountains, for example in geotechnics: supports, anchors, foundations for engineering structures, tunnel construction, knowledge and characterisation of soils and rocks in order to determine the stability of massifs, recognition of the hazard and the construction of protection devices against natural risks, erosion and soil protection-rehabilitation, are fields impacted by the presence of relief and slopes. The same applies to hydrogeology and project management, whose applications are carried out in this context.


<strong>Débouchés – métiers :</strong>
  • Geological and geotechnical engineer ;
  • Hydrogeologist ;
  • Works manager.
Students of the GAIA master's degree find a job in geotechnical engineering (80%), natural risks, hydrogeology, hydraulics, soil remediation, in most cases at the end of their internship.


You can find all the details on the educational elements of the Master's degree in Applied Geosciences for Planning Engineering on our training catalogue.


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