International Master DAMAGE : Disaster Management Environmental Impact

École des Mines d'Alès

Program Description

International Master DAMAGE : Disaster Management Environmental Impact

École des Mines d'Alès

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.


The 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, etc) manage 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 incorporate update competencies 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 course, 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).
  • the 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.



  • Risk Assessment Methods
  • Management of humanitarian emergencies
  • Social Sciences
  • Personal development module
  • Health emergencies
  • Science and Technology Communication
  • Information Technology
  • Personal Development Module
  • Project management
  • Master internship




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.



  • 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.

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.



Two semesters (Y1 & Y2) will be held on the main campus of Ecole des Mines in Ales, in the Occitanie French southeast 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).


  • 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.
  • An MSc program boosted by reputed research departments.
  • An international team of international students.
  • A quality-chartered “Welcome to International Students” package.



  • 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, etc.
  • 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 in front of an audience, write and present a summary document, communicate and explain decisions.



  • Emergency management specialist.
  • Emergency Dispatcher.
  • Junior Project manager.
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
24 months
Full time
15,000 EUR
for non EU+student. € 10000 for EU+students (member states of the European Union + Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norwey and Turkey.
France - Alès, Occitanie
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