M2 Climate, Land Use and Ecosystem Services

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Terrestrial ecosystems are a core component of the climate system and a key provider of services to human societies via their production of biomass for food and fuels or their regulation of environmental resources. As the demand for these services is rapidly growing, these ecosystems have been manipulated and managed to an unprecedented extent, via changes in land occupation and use worldwide, in particular for agricultural and forestry purposes. Facing up to the current ecological challenges thus requires a careful understanding of ecosystem processes and services to design and implement management strategies that enhance ecosystem services in a changing global environment. The economic sectors targeted include agriculture and forestry but also the agri-food sector, energy and the bio-economy in general, while the programme will also be relevant to policy-making in the area of environmental regulation and natural resources management, from local to global scales. The overarching objective of this MSc programme is to provide students with the scientific knowledge, know-how and skills necessary to understand the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems in response to major drivers such as climate change, land-use change patterns and ecosystem management technologies. Graduates from this programme will be possess in-depth knowledge of biosphere-climate interactions, acquire methods to assess ecosystem services, and be fully aware of the panel of technological options available in terms of land-use planning management to promote the sustainable development in rural and semi-urban areas.

Career prospects

La formation s'adresse à des étudiants désirant s'orienter vers les métiers de la recherche, de l'enseignement supérieur, de l'expertise et de la recherche-développement dans le domaine de l'environnement à l'échelle locale comme aux échelles nationales et globale.
Les structures ciblées concernent des organismes publics (collectivités locales et territoriales, Agences publiques dans le domaine de l'environnement et de l'eau, organismes de recherche : INRA, CNRS, IRD, IRSTEA, CIRAD, IRSTEA ; Universités et Ecoles d'ingénieurs),et entreprises privées (dans le domaine de l'environnement (services, conseil), de l'industrie, du conseil et du développement agricole et forestier). ,…
Cette formation vise aussi une employabilité dans des organismes internationaux (ONG, FAO, Banque Mondiale,…).


Ecologie fonctionnelle et écotoxicologie des agroécosystèmes
Laboratoire des sciences du climat et de l'environnement - DRF
Centre international de recherche sur l'environnement et le développement
Ecologie Systématique et Evolution
Sciences pour l'Action et le Développement : Activités, Produits, Territoires.

Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique - Institut Pierre Simon Laplace.


Le S1 est constitué d'un tronc commun, réparti en 3 blocs thématiques, et d'une UE à choix.

Matières ECTS Cours TD TP Cours-TD Cours-TP TD-TP A distance Projet Tutorat
Understanding and managing soil organic matter for ecosystem services delivery 3 9 6 15
Land-use planning and agriculture in peri-urban areas 3 12 12
Matières ECTS Cours TD TP Cours-TD Cours-TP TD-TP A distance Projet Tutorat
Climatic system- Introduction to atmospheric dynamics and energetics 3 20 8
Biosphere-Atmosphere interactions at local scale 3 12 6 12
Biogeochemical cycles and surface-atmosphere exchanges and interactions : global scale 4 30 15
Matières ECTS Cours TD TP Cours-TD Cours-TP TD-TP A distance Projet Tutorat
Public policy for climate and environmental regulation 1 18
Land-use engineering for the provision of climate and environmental services 3 12 3 9
Agronomy for global issues 3 17 12
Matières ECTS Cours TD TP Cours-TD Cours-TP TD-TP A distance Projet Tutorat
Integrated assessment of ecosystem services and sustainability 4 12 6 9 12 1.5
Everyone Eating Well within Environmental Limits 3 21 6
Ecology under climate change 3 18 12

Le S2 est constitué de 2 UE de tronc commun (non compensables), et d'un stage.

Matières ECTS Cours TD TP Cours-TD Cours-TP TD-TP A distance Projet Tutorat
Integrative project 4 6 12 30
Matières ECTS Cours TD TP Cours-TD Cours-TP TD-TP A distance Projet Tutorat
Modelling concepts and applications 3 3 10 3 30
Matières ECTS Cours TD TP Cours-TD Cours-TP TD-TP A distance Projet Tutorat
Stage 23
Modalités de candidatures
Application period
From 15/02/2020 to 15/04/2020
From 07/05/2020 to 15/06/2020
From 18/06/2020 to 01/07/2020
Compulsory supporting documents
  • Rank of previous year and size of the promotion.

  • Curriculum Vitae.

  • Motivation letter.

  • List of other masters requested (excluding Saclay).

  • Professional project.

  • All transcripts of the years / semesters validated since the high school diploma at the date of application.

  • Certificate of English level.

    (TOIEC/TOEFL or IELTS scores are not mandatory (you can upload any relevant document instead). Example of grade : B2 : IELTS score 5.5/6.5 ; TOEIC > 785 (C1>945) ; TOEFL IBT score 72/94 ; Cambridge FCE A or B grade)
Additional supporting documents
  • Choice sheet of M2 (obligatory for the candidates registered in M1 at the University Paris-Saclay) to download on https://www.universite-paris-saclay.fr/en/admission/apply-master-programmes.

  • VAP file (obligatory for all persons requesting a valuation of the assets to enter the diploma).

  • Referring contact information (compulsory for non-international applicants).

  • Curriculum EU (description of the units of education followed) of the last two years.

  • Letter of recommendation from a trainee.

  • Certificate of French (compulsory for non-French speakers).

    (In principle we ask for a B1 certificate for French, but it is not mandatory either. We trust that you will pick up enough French during the programme to get by in Paris.)
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