Environmental Science and Policy (SPE) course

Jointly run by Sorbonne University and Sciences Po, the double master's degree in Environmental Sciences and Policy trains professionals in environmental studies and action. In particular, this course contributes to the training of future executives capable of articulating the knowledge and issues involved in designing and implementing the environmental transitions of the 21st century.

Environmental Science and Policy (SPE) course

General organization

The first year provides a common knowledge base through a disciplinary approach to environmental issues. The first semester (S1) is shared between Sorbonne University and Sciences Po. The second semester (S2) takes place entirely at Sciences Po, with students able to take M2-level courses as early as the first year.

The second year of the master's program is devoted to deepening subject-based teaching and developing cross-disciplinary approaches to environmental issues, with a view to acquiring practical skills (S3). The final semester (S4) involves an internship of at least four months, designed as a transition to a first job.


    Sorbonne Université Sciences Po


Sorbonne University / Sciences Po common knowledge base

  • •    Environmental physics, chemistry and ecology - 9 ECTS
    •    Mathematical methods and environmental modeling - 6 ECTS
  • •    Environmental economics - 6 ECTS
    •    Science and Politics - 6 ECTS
    •    Geopolitical specialization - 6 ECTS
    •    Sectors of application - Environmental policy - 6 ECTS
    •    Common training - 4 ECTS
    •    Languages - 4 ECTS


Sciences Po
advanced study

  • •    Environmental governance - 6 ECTS
    •    Climate - 6 ECTS
    •    Geopolitical specialization - 4 ECTS
    •    Application areas - Environmental policy - 12 ECTS
    •    Common training - 4 ECTS
    •    Languages - 4 ECTS


Advanced studies and specialization Sorbonne University   

  • •    Earth System: biodiversity, biogeochemical cycles and climate - 6 ECTS
    •    Energy and Environment - 6 ECTS
    •    Environmental observation and modeling - 6 ECTS
    •    Scientific watch - 6 ECTS
    •    Environmental engineering project - 6 ECTS
    •    Optional diploma supplement: UE to be chosen from Sorbonne University's M2 research programmes    

4- to 6-month internship that validates 30 ECTS after writing a report and giving an oral defense before a joint Sorbonne University and Sciences Po jury.

Job opportunities

After completing this selective training program, which is unique in France, graduates of the Sorbonne University Master's degree program and Sciences Po graduates have access to jobs as environmental project managers in local authorities, non-governmental organizations or international organizations. They can also join the environmental divisions of major corporations, or take part in the creation or development of companies whose main activity is to implement innovative solutions to environmental problems.

Admission requirements

The course is open to candidates with a scientific degree or equivalent.
 As courses are offered in French or English, candidates must provide proof of a C1 level in English and a B2 level in French.

 Admission is by application, via the online admissions procedure on the Sciences Po website.



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