Master in Environmental Management

University of Liège ULG

Program Description

Master in Environmental Management

University of Liège ULG

NEW: 2 degrees in 5 years!

Students who have enrolled in one of the 60-credit masters in Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Mathematics and Physics are able to choose a 12-credit "environmental sciences and management" module. Students who have followed all classes in this module will be able to directly access the 2nd year of the masters in Environmental Sciences and Management, organised on the Arlon campus.

Holders of a master's degree in sciences who have not followed this module will also have access to the 2nd year of the master programme, provided they follow the classes for these extra 12 credits in addition to the year's 60 credits.

Students who choose this path will hold, at the end of their studies, two degrees that they will have earned in five years: a 60-credit master's degree in their original field, and a 120-credit master's degree in Environmental Sciences and Management. This is a very attractive combination on the job market.

The Environment sciences and management curriculum

Studying the environment requires technical and scientific knowledge, some basic legal knowledge and social and management skills. Scientists use these skills to collect date according to strictly-defined criteria. They rely on specific instruments and methods, but still depend on the technological limitations.

These technologies must take into account the various environmental management processes, involving institutions, organisations, measures and instruments that ensure a better environmental balance. These aspects must work in coordination, which makes it necessary to adopt an integrated approach.

Their pluridisciplinarity opens doors to various specialisations : by choosing one of the professional focuses, you can give your education a more scientific, more technical or more sociological and managerial dimension, and acquire specialised skills.

In a constant drive towards facing environmental challenges, the teachers adapt their lessons by tackling recent legal developments, new tools and current issues.

Structure of the curriculum

The University of Liège is organising a Master in sciences and environment management in either one year (60 credits) or two years (120 credits) on the Arlon campus. These masters involve several faculties (Sciences - Applied Sciences - Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech) and have been reorganised in order to offer an environmental education that is more specialised and vocational.

The entire programme is given on the ULg "Environment" campus, in Arlon, except for the specialisation in biological methods of waste recovery, which is offered on the Gembloux campus.

Master « 120 » (2 years)

You can choose from 6 masters with a professional focus.

The first year's programme is common to all courses. Its goal is to provide solid basic pluridisciplinary knowledge, in order to preprare you for the more specialised courses given in the 2nd year.

Approaching the environment

The first year is organised around a core curriculum featuring 40 credits of required classes and a choice of two 10-credit thematic modules among the four available.

The core curriculum approaches the subjects that are essential for all students, from three perspectives:

  • cross-cutting activities, including basic scientific knowlege in chemistry, physics, geology, etc., the tools used in data collection and processing, an integrated approach of an environmental issue (field visits, - meetings with professionals, group assignments);
  • environments, ressources and anthropogenic pressures (ecosystems, water, energy);
  • society and environment (law, economics).

By choosing two thematic modules among the following, students can personalise their studies through more specific subjects:

  • energy challenges;
  • governance instruments;
  • environments, risks and health;
  • regional management.


In the 2nd year, you will follow a specialisation programme that is suited to your personal project, and that will include a dissertation as well as an internship in a company.

Master programme with Professional Focus in Monitoring of the Environment

All branches of environmental studies are studied: water, air, soil, waste, noise, odour, energy, radiation and health. This programme, available in no other French-speaking university in Belgium, meets an essential need of companies and administrations: reaching an accurate scientific diagnosis of the state of the environment in order to take decisions based on reliable data.

It is based on theoretical classes given by specialists in environmental sciences, but also on real-world applications reinforced by practical lab and field work, as well as seminars and visits.

Master programme with Professional Focus in Integrated water resources Management

The environment has its own technology, dealing with water treatment, collection and processing of waste and contaminated soil, and noise reduction. This specialised programme, offered in no other French-speaking university in Belgium, aims at teaching you how to master this technology within the framework of water treatment.

Master programme with Professional Focus in society-environment Interfaces

Sound environment management, especially with a view to sustainable development, is relevant to all areas of life: from manufacturing to the consumer, from public policy to the neighbourhood or the village's everyday life. It also touches upon many different fields: water, energy, land, food, nature protection, etc. This specialised programme therefore aims at training people who are able to draft environmental policies as well as programmes and projects in the field of sustainable development or environmental management. It also includes law, economics, social sciences and management classes. With an emphasis on skills and practical knowledge for action and intervention in professional contexts, this programme also includes practical work. Finally, it offers communication and methodology classes.

Master with a professional focus on developing countries

This focus tackles the specific challenges of environmental management in developing countries : geopolitics and development issues, biodiversity, climate change, soil conservation, urban environment management, food safety, water resources management.

Master programme with Professional Focus in Renewable Energies

Approaching energy issues from an environmental perspective is especially relevant in today's world ! Energy sources, end use, environmental impact, renewable energies... all offer promising research paths and professional opportunities, with issues related to the nature and consumption of energy being so prevalent. For this reason, in order to make you an efficient worker in this field, this programme that is offered by no other French-speaking university in Belgium includes technical courses alongside courses that are more oriented towards natural and human sciences. The programme also has an international dimension, with the joint degree offered with the university of Luxembourg.

Master programme with Professional Focus in Biological methods of waste recovery

This master trains highly qualified professionals who possess a general view of the current problems of pollution treatment and waste utilisation. Today, waste must be considered as a resource whose management and exploitation have become a major challenge for your society, and a determining factor in the context of sustainable development.

During your training, you will learn how to manage all biological and biochemical processes of environmental engineering, in order to reuse waste in an optimal manner. You will acquire high-end technical solutions that result in maximal utilisation of substrates as well as energy. The biological utilisation allows, among other things, for the production of green energy, whether as electricity or heat, or to control the quality of the air, water and soil.

Master « 60 » (1 year)

Mainly geared towards holders of a master's degree, this environmental programme offers a very high level of specialisation through 6 options to choose from. Seminars, practical field and lab work, and projects within companies ensure that environmental teaching stays focused on real-world matters. Most specialised programmes are available in no other French-speaking university in Belgium, and meet a strong demand on the job market. In addition to 15 credits' worth of classes to choose among the curriculum of the 1st year's "120" masters in Sciences and Environment Management, 30 credits must be chosen in one of the five following options. The master's thesis is worth 15 credits.

"Renewable energies" option

This option associates technical courses with other that are more oriented toward natural and human sciences, with an aim to providing the necessary elements for the comprehensive pluridisciplinary approach that current energy issues demand. Courses are given in various fields related to energy : renewable and fossil energy sources, transport, conversion, end use, environmental impact.

"Developing countries" option

This option tackles the specific challenges of environmental management in developing countries : geopolitics and development issues, biodiversity, climate change, soil conservation, urban environment management, food safety, water resources management.

"Integrated water resources Management" option

This option aims at providing you with a technical training (theoretical and practical) oriented towards environment technology. This technology relates to water treatment, both before its use (sampling and production) and after (purification), to the collection and processing of waste and contaminated soil, and to noise reduction.

"Society-environment" option

This programme is based on pluridisciplinary courses and field seminars, exploiting knowledge and skills that can be used in management situations, putting an emphasis on the human approach when analysing the environmental issues in all their complexity.

"Environmental monitoring" option

Through its hands-on courses (seminars, field and lab work, visits, classes), this option integrates the 3 steps of the comprehensive scientific diagnosis and risk assessment (measurements, data processing and decision aid) in a situation of pollution. It also covers all types of environment (water, air, soil, waste, biotopes). Environmental monitoring is based on metrology, with a final goal of helping the decision-maker.

"Biological methods of waste recovery" option

This option puts emphasis on water purification, while also teaching about the treatment of gaseous effluents and soil remediation.

Classes present the impact o f human activity on the air, soil and water, and teach about the adequate protection treatments for these various environments. They especially mention the different water sanitation methods that depnd on the water's final use. Air purification techniques, as well as remediation methods for contaminated soil, are also presented.

Career opportunities

  • Managers specialised in business environments
  • Technical managers for associations and groups for the defence of the environment
  • Researchers
  • Environmental advisors
  • Experts-consultants in companies that evaluate environmental situations
  • Bureaucrats and office workers for public administrations dealing with the environment

Last updated June 14, 2016
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