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Double degree

Earth, Planetary Environmental Sciences master’s degree, Paleontology, Paleoclimatology track – University of Lille, France

Science and Technology master’s degree, Geology track – Pisa, Italy

This double degree is taught between the University of Lille and the University of Pisa in Italy. The first year is carried out either in Lille or in Pisa. Students enrolled in the double diploma must carry out a mobility of one or two semesters in the second year of the master at the partner university.

Successful completion of this program gives rise to the award of two diplomas: the Master of Earth and Planets Sciences, Environment, Paleontology, Paleoclimatology Course from the University of Lille and the Master of Science and Technology, Geology from the University of Pisa.

University of Lille

As the capital of a region of six million inhabitants (the Hauts-de-France region), Lille benefits from the advantages afforded by its unique setting. The city serves as the epicentre of an intense cultural life that springs from a rich heritage, derived from a long history at the heart of Europe. The University of Lille attracts many students thanks to a dynamic academic environment enriched by the proximity of international universities ranked among the best in the world.

University of Pisa

The University of Pisa is a public university in Tuscany. Founded in 1343, it is the 19th oldest university in the world. The university complex of Pisa offers a wide variety of courses. It is the only Italian university that is part of the ‘Universities Reasearch Association’. It has 57,000 students and is made up of 11 faculties and 57 departments.

A selective programme

Each year, a maximum of 5 students from the University of Lille and 5 students from the University of Pisa can take part in this program.

Admission requirements:

  • A third-year undergraduate degree in the fields of Earth, Life and Environmental Sciences
  • Good academic results
  • Good mastery of the English language


This Msc program prepares students for a wide range of international careers in geosciences, within academia, industry, research, consulting, national and international government institutions and NGOs. Based on the research skills acquired students obtain a strong training for a successful integration in PhD program.

  • Call for application: open in May
  • Selection procedure: end of June
  • Course start date: September

For the third semester (September to December), students from Lille will move to Pisa and students from Pisa will move to Lille.

Semester 4 can also be carried out in mobility in the Partner University (optional) or any other university.

Special attention is paid in integrating fundamental and applied aspects of paleontology and geosciences

Students are trained to solve problems of stratigraphic correlations and paleoenvironmental reconstructions and in particular in the use of :

(1) different analytical methods, useful in basin analysis,

(2) paleontological, sedimentological and geochemical proxies,

(3) quantitative analytical tools.

Students enrolled in this program will be required to pay registration fees at their home university for the duration of their studies. They will not be required to pay the registration fee at the host university.
However, they will have to pay the CVEC (€91 in 2019-2020), even if they are not physically present in France.

In order to cover the costs related to their mobility (travel, additional rent, etc.), students may apply for mobility grants (e.g. Erasmus +) awarded by the home university, the host university or other institutions.

More information on grants for students registered in Lille