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Master’s degree in Geology & Environment
Geological engineers play an essential role in a wide range of human activities.

Understand the mysteries of our planet's subsoil to address the major global challenges of energy, resources, land-use planning and environmental protection.

In brief

Our program in Geological and Environmental Engineering is unique in its intense focus on fieldwork.

More than five months of your program are devoted to field studies where you will learn to use observation of different geological environments to gain an understanding of the land around you.

Our comprehensive program combines inductive teaching methods and the acquisition of professional skills to train you in the analytical skills and expertise needed to prepare you for careers in key sectors of the global economy, including energy, land-use planning, the environment and mineral raw materials, in France or abroad.

What sets us apart
5 good reasons
to study Geological and Environmental Engineering at UniLaSalle
88% net employment rate within one year of graduation
5 months (minimum) of field studies during the program
20 partner universities around the world
9-12 months of internships spread throughout the program
18 weeks of study or internships abroad (compulsory) between years 1 and 5
Specialization programs

Petroleum geology

Gain an in-depth understanding of subsoils to discover or optimize deposits in an increasingly complex exploration and exploitation environment.

Geotechnics and natural risks

Prepare for a career in land-use planning with the ability to analyze technical constraints and natural risks in the early stages of building and civil engineering projects.

Hydrogeology and industrial risks

Assess and prevent the risks of pollution from industrial activities to preserve groundwater quality.

Mines and quarries

Develop dual expertise that combines digital modeling and extensive field knowledge to address issues related to the exploration and exploitation of mineral resources.

20 courses abroad

Study the course of your choice in one of our 20 partner universities around the world.

Three years to give you a strong foundation

Study in the first three years ranges from fundamental to applied geosciences. You will learn to describe and understand the origins of natural phenomena and to put your scientific and technical knowledge into practice. At the end of the 3rd year, you will complete a research project on a specific topic. Applying your knowledge of data collection and analysis in the field and in the lab, you will draw conclusions and present them clearly and succinctly.

In year 3, you can also opt for a semester studying abroad in one of our partner universities.

2 years to acquire professional skills through in-depth study

This specialization is for students interested in a career in the energy sector.

You will study deposits and their workings, especially in unconventional contexts.

The course uses case studies and a field school on land and at sea. You will learn to identify, characterize and model hydrocarbon reservoirs, based on the data you gathered and analyzed applying your geophysical knowledge.

Download the list of course modules (PDF)

What are my career opportunities?

This specialization opens the door to careers in energy, especially in oil and gas exploration and production, but also in underground storage and geothermal energy.

You will apply your solid knowledge of different types of subsoil to technical diagnostic surveys for major infrastructure projects (such as roads, tunnels, bridges and other buildings) to incorporate natural land risks into the project design.

Working in regular contact with the client, the geotechnical engineer is also skilled in recommending remedial measures when problems arising from natural risks have already caused damage to structures.

Courses are taught in a variety of approaches, including lectures, field schools and case studies.

Download the list of course modules (PDF)

What are my career opportunities?

The Geotechnics and natural risks specialization is a prelude to careers in construction, civil engineering and land-use planning.

Expert in the various aspects of groundwater, the hydrogeologist focuses on securing the safety of water supplies by discovering new reserves and protecting catchments.

You will be trained in diagnostic techniques to assess the environmental risks related to industrial activities or waste storage, as well as in site clean-up methods.

The program for this specialization emphasizes industrial site visits and the completion of a case study.

Download the list of course modules (PDF)

What are my career opportunities?

Career opportunities for students in the Hydrogeology and industrial risks specialization are mainly in the environment sector.

The Mines and quarries specialization provides you with knowledge of the land and digital modeling techniques to prepare you for work in new mine prospecting development and the optimization of mining operations.

Laboratory work and field schools provide the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge.

The program also includes a group project aimed at developing good judgment, improving your ability to work in a team and sharpening your critical skills.

What are my career opportunities?

This specialization is for students interested in careers in the exploration and operation of mines and quarries.

You spend almost 5 months in the field throughout this program.

Training through field work is what sets the UniLaSalle program in Geological and Environmental Engineering apart.

Workshops, excursions and field schools with semi-autonomous learning for students

Many excursions are scheduled throughout the Geological and Environmental Engineering program. The aim of these workshops is to provide you with the practical experience in the field to sharpen your observational skills and deepen your understanding of geology.

Our field schools include mapping work or a research project and are based on the principle of semi-autonomous learning. You will apply your theoretical and practical knowledge to a real-life case study, in France or abroad.

Engineering students from years 1 to 4 attend the field school held in May every year.

In year 3, students’ work in the field school forms the basis of their research dissertation.


Research dissertation in geosciences

During year 3, you work on a research project in pairs. Once your topics have been chosen by your research lecturers, you will complete all the work required for your research dissertation. The objective of your research dissertation is to apply your theoretical and practical knowledge to a specific problem via data acquisition in the field, analysis in the lab and the scientific and technical basis for the study. You will discuss a scientific topic in depth, interpret the results and communicate your findings orally and in writing.

The Geological and Environmental Engineering program includes 9-12 months of internships.

Internships offer you the opportunity to put the knowledge and skills you have acquired into practice in a professional environment.

4th year internship in industry

At the start of your 4th year, this 3-4 month internship affords the opportunity to apply your knowledge to the world of business.

5th year final internship

This 6-month internship takes place at the end of your 5th year and focuses on the opportunity to tackle a problem as an engineer in a company or other relevant organization.To become a geological and environmental engineer you will need a breadth of skills, including the ability to analyze, find solutions, test, challenge and confirm your solutions. You must be able to communicate and to explain concepts clearly and concisely. Following completion of this internship, students write and defend their final year Geological Engineering dissertation.

Optional internships

At the end of your 1st, 2nd or 4th year, you will be offered internship opportunities to give you even more experience.

There are a number of entrance tracks to the Geological and Environmental Engineering program at LaSalle Beauvais.

Admission in year 1

You are eligible for admission as a 1st year student in Geological and Environmental Engineering if:

  • You have a French baccalauréat S, STAV, STI2D or STL
  • You are enrolled in your 1st year of university and have not passed the year
  • You have successfully completed a one-year scientific refresher course

Number of places offered: 90

Admission in years 2, 3 or 4

You are eligible for admission to the Geological and Environmental Engineering program if:

  • You have passed your 1st year of: a BCPST (biology, chemistry, physics and earth sciences) preparatory course; an STU or STE Licence, a DUT (2-year undergraduate diploma), a Science BTS (2-year technical diploma), or a Master’s;
  • You have a diploma (BTS, DUT, licence) or are eligible for admission to engineering colleges after your BCPST or PT preparatory course;
  • You are preparing for an MP, PC or PSI and have passed the e3a engineering school entrance examinations (FESIC prépa)

You have a different profile? Check whether your background makes you eligible for our program in Geological and Environmental Engineering.


Number of places offered:

  • 2nd year: 10
  • 3rd year: 24 (including 14 through the FESIC prépa entrance examination)
  • 4th year: 5

2015 – 2016 tuition fees

€6,585 annual tuition, plus €100 for materials, such as a compass, hammer, magnifying glass, field log and geology dictionary from Géode (the association run by the Geological and Environmental Engineering student-engineers).

2015 – 2016 general expenses

€1,229 for students living on campus and €819 for others.

General expenses cover the cost of providing teaching facilities outside of teaching hours, as well as non-academic and other services offered to students, such as the laundromat, maintenance of sports facilities and the university dining hall.

2015-2016 accommodation and food services

Monthly rent ranges from €365 to €483 for student accommodation. Rooms on campus are eligible for housing allowance (ALS or APL) amounting to €99 to €225 per month.

Rents are billed over a 10-month period.

A basic meal in 2014 cost €3.20. Breakfast is included in general expenses.

Financial aid

There are several types of financial aid available.

Click here to see all the options available to you.

Courses are taught in a variety of approaches, including lectures, tutorials, laboratory work, independent study and projects.

Courses are split into Teaching Units, encompassing a number of modules. ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits are assigned to each Teaching Unit.

Evaluation method

You are evaluated throughout the year on a continuous assessment basis. Assessment may take the form of a random test, examination, personal or group assignment.

ECTS credits for a Teaching Unit are awarded when the semester average is above or equal to 10/20 and the grade for each module is higher than 7/20. Retake sessions are organized at the end of each semester.

Potential careers
Petroleum geology

Operational geologist

Acquisition geologist/geophysicist

Processing geologist/geophysicist

Data loader/data manager

GIS/geomatics engineer

General geologist

Interpretive geologist

Reservoir geologist

Technical support engineer

Geotechnics & Natural Risks

Geologist (geotechnics)

Contracting authority geotechnical engineer

Geotechnical engineer specialized in project management

Construction and civil engineering geotechnical engineer

Drilling company geotechnical engineer

Research or inspection geotechnical engineer

Hydrogeology & Industrial Risks

Hydrogeological prospecting

Pollution diagnostics and clean-up methods

Water resource management and preservation

Assessment of health and environmental risks: construction of waste dumps, waste storage sites, former industrial sites

Hydrogeological modeling

Mines and Quarries

Production project manager

Entrepreneurial geologist

Exploration geologist

Production geologist

R&D engineer/researcher