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M2 Arctic Studies

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  • Régime(s) d'inscription
    Formation initiale
    Formation continue
Objectifs pédagogiques de la formation

The objective of the Master is twofold: to help future decision-makers and facilitators working in the Arctic or in relation to the Arctic to develop integrated analysis tools thanks to a thorough knowledge of the fragile balance between ecosystems and the human ecology of the Arctic. In parallel, the Master is designed to give students interested in research the opportunity to develop a project that will be pursued in the form of a doctoral thesis after validation of the Master.
The master offers four areas of complementary skills:
-studies in all major areas essential to decision-making
- scientific skills reinforced by intercultural skills that will enable students to act as experts and facilitators but also as advisors and advisers
-an international dimension with courses in English
-formation to analysis and action

Lieu(x) d'enseignement
Pré-requis, profil d’entrée permettant d'intégrer la formation

Applicants must have a good level of English and a professional project consistent with the objectives of the Master. Conditions of admission Bachelor degree (four-year programme) Master degree, MBA (Equis), PhD High Schools of Engineering and Science Hight Schools of Business

  • Master and use in depth the specialized knowledge of the Arctic.

  • Mobilize methodological, technical and practical skills useful for solving problems in environmental and social sciences.

  • Conceptualize, structure and lead a project.

  • Learn and act independently.

  • Work as a team and collaborate to achieve common goals.

  • Synthesize and communicate effectively in English and in a way adapted to the intended audience.

Profil de sortie des étudiants ayant suivi la formation

Managing Organizational Change with a Multidisciplinary Approach
risk analysis
Monitoring of social and technical evolutions
mediation of environmental knowledge
economic and environmental assessment
Management of economic, sectoral, political and ethical issues related to the Arctic region and countries
evaluation of innovation, production and knowledge acquisition systems
Identification and selection of opportunities (economic intelligence)

Débouchés de la formation

The Arctic Studies program trains Arctic researchers in the disciplines of science (environmental sciences and climatology in particular) and SHS (anthropology, cultural studies, international relations, sustainable development, etc.), experts and scientists. Arctic decision-makers able to steer the process of expertise, facilitation and governance, using a method of eco-efficiency and integrated global performance (environmental, economic and social), identifying and to remove barriers to environmentally and ecologically sound development in an Arctic context. The year of Arctic studies will allow the student to develop the following areas of expertise:
- piloting a project using specific tools and management techniques
- management of organizational change based on a multidisciplinary approach
- the autonomous conduct of a project or investigation in the Arctic
- reflect and respect the social, technical and technological aspects
- the mediation of environmental knowledge, intercultural aspects, access to knowledge and its dissemination
- economic and environmental assessment
- the expertise of the economic, sectoral and multidisciplinary issues of the Arctic
- evaluation of innovation, production and knowledge acquisition systems
- identification and selection of opportunities: economic intelligence
-the assessment of technological, financial, commercial and organizational risks
- the management of research teams and international cooperation projects

Covid-19 context (start of the academic year 2020-2021 for this training)

Training offering exclusively via distance-learning until December 2020 for international students detained outside France.

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Laboratoire(s) partenaire(s) de la formation

Cultures, Environnement, l'Arctique et ses Représentations, Climats
Laboratoire des sciences du climat et de l'environnement - DRF
Laboratoire Atmosphères, Milieux, Observations Spatiales

Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique.


Le S1 est constitué de la première partie des UEs de cours et TD dispensés en début de formation en général.

Matières ECTS Cours TD TP Cours-TD Cours-TP TD-TP A distance Projet Tutorat
Arctic Geopolitics 2 18
Arctic Societies 4 28
Arctic travel literature 2 18
Artic Climate and Meteorology 4 24
Climatic system 3 24 3
Environmental Science for the Arctic 4 28
Governance and sustainability 2 18
Introduction to observation methods - SIMO 3 8 24
Language and scientific writing (English or French) 2 20
Physical Sciences of the Earth 2 16 8
Risk Management 2 18

Le S2 est constitué de la seconde partie des UEs de cours et TD dispensés en fin de formation en général, ou tout au long de la formation.

Matières ECTS Cours TD TP Cours-TD Cours-TP TD-TP A distance Projet Tutorat
Arctic anthropology 4 24
Conferences 2 24
Matières ECTS Cours TD TP Cours-TD Cours-TP TD-TP A distance Projet Tutorat
Internship 24 24
Matières ECTS Cours TD TP Cours-TD Cours-TP TD-TP A distance Projet Tutorat
Internship 24 8
Modalités de candidatures
Période(s) de candidatures
Du 15/01/2023 au 30/09/2023
Pièces justificatives obligatoires
  • Lettre de motivation.

  • Tous les relevés de notes des années/semestres validés depuis le BAC à la date de la candidature.

  • Curriculum Vitae.

  • Descriptif détaillé et volume horaire des enseignements suivis depuis le début du cursus universitaire.

Pièces justificatives complémentaires
  • Attestation de niveau d'anglais (obligatoire pour les non anglophones).

  • Dossier VAPP (obligatoire pour toutes les personnes demandant une validation des acquis pour accéder à la formation)

  • Fiche de choix de M2 (obligatoire pour les candidats inscrits en M1 à l'Université Paris-Saclay) à télécharger sur

  • Document justificatif des candidats exilés ayant un statut de réfugié, protection subsidiaire ou protection temporaire en France ou à l’étranger (facultatif mais recommandé, un seul document à fournir) :
    - Carte de séjour mention réfugié du pays du premier asile
    - OU récépissé mention réfugié du pays du premier asile
    - OU document du Haut Commissariat des Nations unies pour les réfugiés reconnaissant le statut de réfugié
    - OU récépissé mention réfugié délivré en France
    - OU carte de séjour avec mention réfugié délivré en France
    - OU document faisant état du statut de bénéficiaire de la protection subsidiaire en France ou à l’étranger.

Responsable(s) de la formation
Secrétariat pédagogique
Sylvie FAUVEAU -