Published on November 27, 2018 | Updated on March 21, 2023

Master's in water science, cogeval'eau and iremir

This multidisciplinary Master's program addresses all aspects of the territorial management, knowledge and restoration of continental aquatic environments, and the development of these spaces. It is designed to train specialists to be able to deal with the management of continental hydrosystems in a comprehensive manner. This training program corresponds to a more global collective approach based on the WFD 2000/60/EC and LEMA 2007, which requires a cross-disciplinary approach to water issues within functional and coherent spatial entities.

This Master’s program aims to professionalize students in: planning projects (knowing how to determine their scope), management plans (SAGE, river contracts, multi-year maintenance plans, etc.) and evaluating their consistency with legal, economic and social frameworks while accounting for environmental requirements, leading work teams, knowing how to leverage and manage the funds required to implement these projects.


The Master’s program is divided into four semesters over two years. The first year includes common courses in the first semester, reinforced by a long industry internship in the second semester (5-6 months). The second year makes it possible, after completing a second block of common course courses (third semester), to personalize the training program to match student’s personal projects (fourth semester).

Two tracks are offered: COGEVAL’EAU and IREMIR.
The COGEVAL’EAU track addresses public policies and territorial systems, diagnosis of territories, eco-awareness and sustainable development, tourist development and recreational activities, geopolitics and mediation.
The IREMIR track covers hydraulics and design, ecological engineering for restoration, bioevaluation and remediation. These tracks include specialized course units, a project with support from a mentor and training within a company (internship or apprenticeship, see apprenticeship section).


First-year Master’s Program

Third-year degree program in Geography and Urban Planning, or Life and Earth Sciences, or Life Sciences or Science and Technology. In any case, previous experience (training and/or professional experience) at least partially involving one or more of the themes covered by the program is required. One of the main selection criteria is the consistency between the training program and the applicant’s professional project. Some students who have completed a professional degree may enroll under certain conditions (returning to school or academic excellence).

Second-year Master’s Program


Engineering students or students with a Master’s degree in a similar field may also directly enroll in the second year of the Master’s program, following validation of first year Master’s course unit equivalence (as determined by the
Pedagogical Committee). However, it is necessary to have an in-depth experience of several months involving one of the themes of the program, from an internship, previous employment or a research dissertation, an offer for an
apprenticeship or professionalization contract.