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Master in disaster Management and environmental impact

IMT Mines Alès (IMT: Institut Mines Télécom)Alès - FRANCE

Field(s) of study: Communications, Project Management, Risk Management, Sustainable Development and Environmental Management
Cost of pre-eligibility application: 
  • Via Mastersbooking: 0 €
  • Via the regular school procedure: 0 €
Course cost: 10 000 €
Possible funding options: 
  • Financial assistance or scholarships awarded by the institution
  • Personal or family funding
  • Private grants (company, foundation, etc.)

Next admission round: 

Next recruitment session:

Available slots: 

Available spots: 20
Places available per academic year: 20

Program Language

  • English

Course length: 

  • 2 years (24 months)

Start of the program: 


Level of entry: 

A Level+4 years

IMT Mines Alès - UNÎMES: your best choice to become a disaster management specialist
Disasters, whether they originate in natural, economic, political or religious causes, are becoming more frequent. There is undoubtedly a steady increase in climate-related natural disasters. Religious conflicts and terrorist attacks have also recently become part of current news. This context, and the changing nature of humanitarian action, contribute to a new demand for fully integrated, holistic approaches to disaster. This creates a growing need for professionals adequately trained to prepare and implement disaster management strategies. These strategies have to be deployed fast and efficiently to reduce losses and deal with new challenges.
The Master in Disaster Management & Environmental Impact Studies was designed by IMT Mines Alès and the Université de Nîmes. It offers French and international students the best of both worlds: France's academic tradition and engineering excellence, with classes taught in English, making it an ideal combination. Our International Master in Disaster Management & Environmental Impact Studies is based on the interrelated fields of humanitarian care and civil protection, corresponding to the needs arising from a crisis situation.

The organization of the teaching modules includes up to 120 ECTS credits over two academic years detailed as follows:
M1 year: UE1 - UE6
M2 year: EU7 - EU10
A Master internship (6 months) represents 30 credits.
UE1: Risk assessment methods

  • Principles and key concepts of Disaster management (risk reduction, response, mitigation, post catastrophe phase), risk (hazard, vulnerability and resilience)
  • Principles of consequence evaluation (natural hazards, environmental pollutions, technological risks, health)
  • Principles in vulnerability assessment and Geospatial analysis
  • Case study

UE2: Humanitarian emergencies

  • Principles in humanitarian emergencies
  • Principles in interdisciplinary aspects of Emergency in humanitarian disasters
  • Cultural, social and psychological aspects in Humanitarian Disasters
  • Humanitarian assistance: From theory to practice
  • Case study

UE3: Human and social sciences

  • Resilience of population in disaster situations
  • Theories and applied knowledge in psychosociology
  • Environmental psychology (relations between Human-Environment and stress)
  • Case study

UE4: Communication 1

  • Communication and team management
  • Foreign language course and European Culture

UE5: Emergency Medicine

  • Emergency medicine and public health (legal and ethical aspects)
  • Modeling medical disaster management
  • Principles of emergency medicine - Exercises & Drills

UE6: Information and communication technologies

  • Theories on Risk Communication
  • Communication strategies (public health communication)
  • Media training and drills
  • Case study

UE7: Telecommunications and organization

  • Heterogeneous organizations modeling
  • Innovative systems for telecommunications
  • Emergency communication systems
  • Case study

UE8: Communication 2

  • Communication, team management and leadership
  • Foreign language course and European Culture

UE9: Project management

  • Planning and scheduling
  • Organization, Management
  • Computational applications
  • Case study

UE10: Internship (6 months - 30 ECTS)

Course format: 

One intake per year (October).
Year 1: Two academic semesters at IMT Mines Alès (2018/2019)
Year 2: One academic semester at IMT Mines Alès + a 6-month MSc thesis, in France or abroad (2019/2020)

Qualifications/expertise after completing the program

  • Emergency management specialist
  • Emergency dispatcher
  • Junior Project manager
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) 

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a 4-year Bachelor of Science degree in the field of engineering (environmental sciences, logistics, and management) or sciences (chemistry, mechanics).
Applicants with a first experience in industry are also eligible.


  • Mother tongue
  • Bachelor degree taught in English
  • English test (TOEFL IBT 80, IELTS 6.0,TOEIC 750, Cambridge CAE).

No prerequisite in French

Admission criteria: 

Interview in English

Course cost description: 

€ 15,000 for non EU+student
€ 10,000 for EU+students (member states of the European Union + Iceland, Lichtenstein, Macedonia, Norwey and Turkey)

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