Science for a Changing Planet

Innovation for a changing planet

An academic environment that includes:

  • 8 Specialist master’s degrees in physics, chemistry, biology and Earth science
  • 1 doctoral school
  • 22 research units

The “Science for a changing planet” graduate programme includes both master’s and PhD students, all working on three core objectives:

(1) understand and monitor planetary changes;

(2) search for alternative solutions to our reliance on fossil resources; 

(3) evaluate the impact of global changes on humans, the Earth and society.

This programme benefits from:

  • 1 “Labex” laboratory of excellence (chemical and physical properties of the atmosphere), including its course on M2I Atmospheric Sciences (chemical physics and physics),
  • 4 Erasmus Mundus certified master’s programmes (ASC, BIOREF,MME and PANGEA),
  • 1 “Equipex” equipment of excellence (REALCAT, chemistry)
  • 4 ERC-funded projects: RheoMan and TimeMan (physics), FireBar (chemistry) and Roman (biology).

8 Master tracks

8 Specialist master’s degrees in physics, chemistry, biology and Earth science

Research topics:

spectroscopy; molecular and reactivity scale characterisation; rapid reaction characterisation; molecular imaging; applications in molecular synthesis; materials science; modelling; 'green chemistry'; new energy sources.

Further information : Parcours ASC
Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry (ASC)

Research topics:

Search for alternative solutions to fossil resources from biomass.

Training in the new concept of "biorefinery" including the study of multiple (non-edible) feedstocks, multiple processes (chemical, biochemical, thermochemical) and multiple products (fuels and chemicals for aviation).

Train students to broaden the scientific and technological understanding of the biorefinery concept.

This master's degree is co-accredited by the University of Lille and Centrale Lille Institut.

Further Information: Parcours Biorefinery
Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree BIOREF

Research topics:

Smart functional materials, colloidal dispersions in nanomedicine, advanced catalytic processes, visualisation of chemical reactivity (chemical modelling and transient spectroscopies)

The Master includes 12 months of experimental teaching (practical work) and laboratory internships.

Master co-accredited by the University of Lille and Centrale Lille.

Further Information: Parcours IRACM

Research topics :

Studies of the physical and chemical properties of the atmosphere from the molecular to the global scale, analytical sciences applied to air, atmospheric modelling, air pollution and climate change.

Master's course in the stimulating environment of the Labex CaPPA and associated laboratories.

Further Information: Parcours Atmospheric Sciences

Research topics:

High-level physics with a choice of specialisation from condensed matter, materials science and applications, pharmaceutical materials, dilute matter and spectroscopy, atmospheric science or molecular and atomic scale modelling.

Training in micro to nanoscale characterisation methods (diffraction methods, optical and mass spectroscopies, electron microscopy) and theoretical foundations of physics.

Further Information: Parcours Matter, Molecules and their Environnement
Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree BIO & PHArmaceuticalMaterials science (BIOPHAM)

Research topics:

Evolutionary biology, particularly in population genomics, evolutionary genomics, statistics and modelling.

Upon graduation, you will have a good understanding of ecological concepts, bioinformatics tools and NGS data management.

Further Information: Parcours EVOBIO

Research topics:

Fundamental and applied palaeontology.

Training in methods of analysis, processing and intervention in sedimentary geology; application of principles and technical skills to palaeontological and palaeoenvironmental analysis; technical skills in applied palaeontology and geoconservation

Further Information: Parcours PALEO

Research Topics:

Basic and applied palaeontology, including geoconservation and geoheritage.

You will be able to respond to the academic challenges posed by the renewed need for palaeontological expertise in response to societal demands. You will have a better understanding of geobiological processes such as those that trigger an ecological crisis.

Further Information: Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree PANGEA

Join the Graduate Programme

If you are a Master student

 Depending on your country of residence, you will have to follow either the StudyinFrance registration procedure by Campus France or the e-candidat procedure.

You will find more information on the pages relating to the master’s courses on the University of Lille website. 

If you are a doctoral student

If you wish to join the graduate programme at PhD level or would like to pursue a thesis, check the available thesis topics published by the doctoral school and contact the thesis supervisor beforehand.

As a doctoral student at the SMRE doctoral school, if your thesis topic has been awarded a label by the graduate programme:

  • you can access the master’s classes taught as part of the graduate programme
  • you’re invited to events organised as part of the graduate programme, like the summer and autumn schools
  • you can contribute to the organization of graduate programme events, such as the after-work seminars or end-of-year conference
  • you can secure a supplement to the Science for a Changing Planet diploma indicating the 3 core competencies acquired: interdisciplinary skills, international experience and the capacity to work in public sector research or R&D in the private sector
  • you can benefit from an outward mobility grant for a mobility project. More information can be found in the section entitled “Calls for applications – grants”
  • you will have the opportunity to share knowledge with other students as a lecturer or tutor and thereby develop your teaching skills.