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MSc Environmental Hazards and Risks Management

Université Côte d'Azur
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
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MSc in Environmental Hazards and Risks Management

Program description

MSc in Environmental Hazards and Risks Management

The Mediterranean environment combines high population densities, rapid land cover change, and extreme climatic events in an IPCC global climate change hotspot. The region is subject to devastating floods and forest fires in addition to a wide range of ecological hazards. Proximity to the Alps and sea contributes to further expose the population to geohazards, such as mass movements, earthquakes and coastal flooding/tsunamis. Few areas in the world concentrate as many environmental hazards and risks as in southeast France, so it is an ideal context to learn about risk management.

In the Nice Côte d’Azur area, a multitude of field sites can be investigated to discover monitoring and mitigation strategies that are applicable throughout the world. In addition, there is a wide range of digital data available: high resolution aerial and satellite imagery, Digital Elevation Models, raster and vector GIS databases describing land cover, building units, vegetation, stream networks… The context is therefore also propitious to modeling hazards and risks both spatially and temporally using GIS and remote sensing.

Globally, rapid urban expansion is exposing more people to a range of ecological and natural hazards and risks. Earthquakes, flooding, and other extreme events are affecting more people every year. Terrestrial and ecological habitats are under pressure from pollution and invasive species, and extreme events threaten natural and urban environments throughout the world. Land cover changes, particularly urban growth, can reinforce the negative impacts of climate change and contribute to transform natural and human environments at unprecedented rates.

Adapted strategies can mitigate some of the impacts of global change. Urban and suburban planning integrate civil engineering and nature-based solutions and appropriate zoning, and the rapid treatment of high resolution spatial data combined with risk modeling can improve warning systems and save lives. Beyond these strategies, free and open access services have been developed by Europe to support operational actors in risk management (International Charter Space & Major disasters, Copernicus program…) and these will be explored in the MSc.

Admission requirements

To be eligible to study in the MSc Environmental Hazards and Risks Management program you will need to have a BSc degree (or equivalent) in Geography, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences or another similar topic, with a good academic record.

Students whose first language is not English must provide recent proof of English proficiency. You can be exempt from submitting proof of English proficiency if you completed an English-taught Bachelor's degree.

Selection will be made on the basis of a CV, academic transcripts, 2 reference letters, and an online interview.

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Program content

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Theoretical courses
    • Risk management overview
    • Principles of ecology
    • Environmental chemistry
  • Methodological courses
    • Geographic Information Systems
    • Remote sensing
    • Statistics and data analysis
    • Elements of mathematical modeling
    • Computer science basics

Semester 2

  • Risk modules
    • Earthquakes
    • Agricultural risks
    • Land Use / Cover change
    • Mass movements
  • Special topics:
    • Climate change
    • Inorganic soil & water pollution
    • 3-month internship

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Risk modules
    • Flooding
    • Forest fires
    • Ecological Issues
  • Special topics:
    • Crisis Management
    • Business & Project management
    • Introduction to Industrial Risks


  • 6-month internship

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the program website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are €5000 per year.

However, the tuition fee may vary according to your residence status, namely if you are a resident of an EU country or of a country outside the EU.


The goal of this MSc is to acquire skills in risk management, data analysis, and GIS/remote sensing to better predict and mitigate environmental hazards and risks. The MSc is project-oriented and will make extensive use of case studies typical of the Mediterranean zone.

At the completion of the degree, participants will have a comprehensive understanding of risk management components:

  • Planning
  • Mitigation
  • Monitoring
  • Scenario modeling
  • Legislation
  • Warning systems

Career opportunities

Future careers

  • Higher education / research
  • Environmental management agencies
  • Urban planning and management agencies
  • Environmental/urban consulting
  • National and international level agencies
  • Industry and insurance companies

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Université Côte d'Azur

Université Côte d’Azur (UCA) is a recently created cluster of higher education establishments on the French Riviera that brings together the major players in higher education and research on the Côte d’Azur. Université Côte d’Azur aims to develop a new,...

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Université Côte d'Azur

28 Avenue de Valrose
Parc Valrose
06103 Nice

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