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7.	Comprendre les enjeux de l’irrigation pour une gestion raisonnée des ressources

Engineering Master Degree - Semesters 9 & 10 - Master of Science 2

Engineering Master Degree

Option Water, cultivated areas and environment management

Update : 05/04/2020

What type of training ?
une formation diplômante, sous statut étudiant

For who ?
étudiant titulaire d'un diplôme français, étudiant international

Where ?
Montpellier SupAgro


This option aims to train agricultural engineers with expertise in the following fields:

  • Environmental diagnostics: physical, chemical and biological conditions of soil and water - life cycle assessment.
  • Preservation of resources: balance of needs and availability, pollution prevention.
  • Integrated solutions for territories: Geoprospect software, waste recovery sectors, action plan for restoring water quality and soil conservation.


  • biodiversity knowledge and management
  • ecotechnologies, green chemistry
  • Programme

    Number of ECTS credits : 60

    Language of instruction : In French

    The Water, cultivated areas and environment management option covers the following subjects:

    Water and Soil

    Train high-level experts able to carry out diagnoses, innovate and carry out research on contemporary issues of water and soil management, for changing climate conditions, land use and spatial planning:

    • design action plans to address water issues: quantitative balances between uses (drinking water, agriculture, ecosystems), preservation and restoration of water quality and aquatic environments, management of watercourses and irrigated areas.
    • understand and preserve the state of soils so that they fulfil their functions of supporting ecosystem services: combat degradation (including erosion, pollution, settlement, loss of biodiversity), and restoration (including ICPE, sites and polluted soils).


    Quantification and assessment of health and environmental impacts through life cycle approaches. Definition and use of indicators (multicriteria approach, biological and biodiversity indicators). Impact studies for development projects. Management and recovery of waste and effluents: methanisation, composting, reuse of wastewater.

    Tools and methods of engineers

    Through practical and analytic workshops, train students to become experts in the use of existing and emerging tools (Géomatique software, sensors, data processing and modelling) to characterize the spatial and temporal dynamics of natural resources. Group engineering project mobilizing the knowledge and skills needed to fulfil a professional assignment.


    • An engineer internship in a company (6 months, compulsory) is based on carrying out a study, research or assignment in a company (in France or abroad) in one of the fields covered by the training programme.
    • As the internship is a key period of transition from the academic to the professional world, the teaching team helps students choose ones coherent with their career plans. A group meeting held mid-way through the internship period allows students to share experiences and interact with the teaching team. Outside professionals attend the presentation of the internship report.
  • Admission

    The 3rd year option is open, after review by the admissions committee, to students who have validated the M1 level (first year of a master's program) and come from:

    • an international partner institution in the context of academic mobility (earning credits)
    • a school of agriculture under the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food (See Ecole des groupes Ingénieurs) or the Ministry of Higher Education for Research and Innovation
    • or a French institution with which Montpellier SupAgro has signed an agreement

    Application forms may be obtained from the educational directorate of your institution.

    Students who have not validated the 2nd year (M1) of the Montpellier SupAgro Agricultural Engineer course are not awarded a diploma at the end of the 3rd year of the training program.


  • Careers

    • Consulting firms (Ecofilae, Envilys, BRl, SCE, Egis Eau, Evéa conseils, Setec...)
    • Large companies
      • core business (Véolia, Suez, Netafim…)
      • environmental unit (L’Oréal, Total, Danone…)
    • Start-ups/SME (Nereus, Fruition science, ITK
    • Mixed associations (ONCFS, SCE, unions...)
    • State/civil service (IPEF, ministries, territorial public services)
    • Development organizations (Chambers of Agriculture, ASA, ADASEA, environmental associations ...)
    • Research institutes (INRAE, CIRAD ...)

Director of studies


  • Professional partners participating in the training course: EcoFilae, Asa Gignac, Alliance Environnement, Lisode, Rhone Mediterranean Corsica water agency, Occitanie region.
  • Engineering project sponsors: Gignac Canal ASA, BASF, water agencies, ADEME, Syndicat Mixte du bassin de L'Or, Sud Céréales, Sérignan cooperative winery,...
  • Academic partners: UMR Lisah, ITAP, G-EAU, Eco&Sols, LBE


Montpellier SupAgro
Campus de La Gaillarde
2 place Pierre Viala

Key features

  • Active, hands-on teaching: fieldwork, scenarios, dialogue with environmental stakeholders
  • 75% of the engineering students are hired before the end of their internship
  • Highly diverse job opportunities in terms of activity sector and location.


€1,765 + €92 Contribution Vie Etudiante et de Campus (CVEC) administrative fee

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L'institut Agro | Montpellier SupAgro
2 place Pierre Viala
34060 Montpellier - France
Tél. : +33 (0)4 99 61 22 00 Tél. : +33 (0)4 99 61 22 00
Fax : +33 (0)4 99 61 29 00

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