Master DAMAGE : DisAster MAnaGement Environmental Impact


The Master Damage is co managed by Ecole des Mines d'Ales and Université de Nîmes : 

Ecole des Mines d'Ales (part of Institut Mines-Télécom) is a public institution dedicated to higher education, research and innovation in engineering, materials and environment The institution is under the authority of the Minister for Industry and Electronic Communication. Always attentive to the economic world, it combines strong academic legitimacy, close corporate relations and a unique focus on 4 key transformations of the 21st century in information Technologies, Energy, Ecology and Production. Its activities are conducted in ten Mines and Télécom graduate schools. The schools of Institut Mines-Télécom are listed amongst the leading Grandes Ecoles in France. Geared towards economic stakeholders, the activities of the institution involve research, innovation and education for engineers, managers, specialists and professors, and are acknowledged for their excellence at both national and international level.  Each year, approximately one hundred start-up companies are formed from the incubators of the schools.

 University of Nîmes, has a professional vocation.  With the adoption of its statutes and rules of procedure,  Unimes instances (university councils, guidance, commissions Research, Education ...)manages three departments of training - Science & Arts; Psychology, Literature, Languages ​​and History; Law, Economics and Management


The International Master DAMAGE aims to train managers able to anticipate and manage major crises which can have health and environmental consequences for the affected countries. It will allow students to deepen their knowledge base by integrating an international dimension on large-scale crises. It also incorporates the emergency humanitarian concept that is organized in crisis situations, usually conflicts or natural disasters. The Master International DAMAGE rests on two pillars (humanitarian care and civil protection) and is defined at the interface of these two fields of application. The students will incorportate update competences and skills enabling  to assess the on-site risks (risk analysis methods), to propose solutions for risk reduction and preparedness planning, and to evaluate the vulnerability.


At the end of the cursus, students will be able to critically analyze
  • the different types of risks and their potential consequences.
  • the technical, human and organizational vulnerabilities that affect (eg individuals and companies ability to return to a normal situation)
  • human perception that influences the risk assessment


Over two academic years (three semesters), the master is 120 credits ECTS. Practical training courses (offered by professionalists) are representing 90 credits. The year M1 is constituted by the Module 1 to Module 6, year M2 consists of Module 7 to Module 10. A Master internship (6 months) is representing 30 credits. 

1 Risk Assessment Methods 
2 Management of humanitarian emergencies 
2 Social Sciences 
4 Personal development module 
5 Health emergencies 
6  Science and Technology Communication 
7  Information Technology 
8 Personal Development Module 
9 Project management 
10 Master internship 

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Participants must hold a 4-year Bachelor of Science degree in the field of engineering (environmental sciences, logistics, and management, etc…) or sciences (chemistry, mechanics, etc..) or social sciences (humanitarian, etc…).
Participants holding a strong and justified experience on a professional activity are also welcome.

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  • Mother tongue or
  • Bachelor degree taught in English or
  • English test such as TOEFL IBT 105, IELTS 6.5, TOEIC 800, Cambridge CAE.

No prerequisite in French, but TEF II or an equivalent level may be required to obtain a visa. In addition, it's recommended that candidates begin to prepare the required English language qualification as soon as possible to facilitate the admission and visa acquisition processes


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Standard fees for 24 months are :
  • 15,000 for non EU+student
  • 10000 for EU+students (member states of the European Union + Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norwey and Turkey.
  • Some costs may be funded by certain French embassies or within the framework of agreements between certain international institutions and Ecole des Mines d'Ales
Compulsory basic medical insurance is about € 215 /year (covering 70% of medical treatment). An additional heathcare  cover is strongly recommended for a remaining 30% (€200/year approx.)

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All applications should be made on-line (no application fee for application). Some documents must be scanned and uploaded (languages accepted : English, Spanish and French .
Several admission sessions are scheduled (Final deadline is April 30).
Recruitement will be conducted by interviews

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You will have to send the scanned copies of these documents (JPG, PNG or PDF files only, up to 500 KB each, except for transcripts of records and syllabus: 2 MB):


  1. Recent photograph (JPG or PNG only)
  2. Copy of passport data page (photograph page) (PDF, JPG or PNG)
  3. Curriculum Vitae (PDF, JPG or PNG)
  4. Letter of recommendation n°1 (if not confidential)*
  5. Letter of recommendation n°2 (if not confidential)*
  6. Certified transcripts of records (one file only for overall higher education, max. size: 2 MB)
  7. Detailled syllabus (programme) of your Bachelor course (max. size: 2 MB)
  8. High school degree certificate
  9. Bachelor's level degree certificate (if available at the time of application)
  10. English language test document (if available at the time of application)

Please note that documents can be either in English, Spanish or French.

Applications are open from January to June each year.

Skype : For specific questions before or after admission, you can talk directly to Mines Ales's staff via Skype. Conversations can be sheduled on Mondays and Thursdays between 2pm and 4pm, Paris time. Appointements can be obtained via email at info-msc. Please simply specify Skype rendezvous in the subject field, give your Skype ID in the message and indicate your date and time preferences

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Two semesters (Y1 & Y2) will be held on the main campus of Ecole des Mines in Ales,  in the Occitanie French southest Region. The Occitanie Region is known worldwide for its businesses and research clusters in aeronautical and space sectors at Toulouse (with the headquarters of Airbus,   Montpellier (the oldest Medicine University in the world), Nîmes (famous for its cultural heritage)

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Individual furnished studio apartments are available for international students during their stay, at  Ales (Mines Ales).  Residences offer all the comfort and facilities to the students. Accommodation at the students’ Residence costs about 330 Euros per month. The total living expenses should not exceed 6,000 Euros per year (based on campus food and accommodation).

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  • Mines Ales is accredited by the French Ministry of Industry Université de Nîmes is accredited by the French Ministry of higher Education and research
  •  Study in Ales and Nîmes, in the south east region of France,
  • International Faculty
  •  Masters taught entirely in English and in small groups
  • 6-month master thesis in professional conditions or in a research lab
  • Intercultural seminars
  •  Free French language courses
  • A MSc program boosted by reputed research departments
  • An international team for international students
  • A quality-chartered “Welcome to International Students” package

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  •  knowledge in engineering science with a particular attention for research applied to disaster management, environmental impact and social sciences in the specific field of disaster management with an objective of emergency management enhancement.
  • understanding of the disaster management sector and response operations in all its technical, economic, organizational dimensions and regulatory issues.
  •  understanding of the strategies and methodologies specific to assessment, mitigation and risk reduction management techniques, ethics, communication, waste management, environmental impact, project management, geo-Information, health in emergencies, risk analysis methods
  • ability to lead a complex project in compliance with quality procedures, to take into account the standards and regulation; to develop a sense of responsibility and of decision-making; and an ability to act effectively.
  • a good ability to integrate into real working life, into an organization, to animate and evolve in it: project management, communication ...
  • a strong ability to work in an international context: fluency in English, cultural and international awareness, knowledge of French culture & language 
  •  good skills in written and oral communication, to present convincingly and argue a case behind an audience, write and present a summary document, communicate and explain decisions


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