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Master in Disaster Management and Environmental Impact

The Master Of Science DAMAGE (Disaster Management and Environmental Impact) is a training course taught 100% in English, it aims to provide an understanding of the theory and practice on emergency management in local, national and international contexts.

This international training offers knowledge and skills to assess the consequences and respond to disasters in Europe and around the world. It’s oriented mainly on industrial, sanitary and environmental issues. In addition, logistics, engineering and the management of industrial and natural disasters are discussed through concrete cases.

The Master DAMAGE collaborates via courses with one of the main humanitarian NGOs (Médecins Sans Frontières). In addition, the head of the Environment and Culture Unit of the UN mission (MINUSMA) in Mali is part of the teaching staff of the Master.
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Many disciplines of engineering sciences are covered (risk and resilience assessment, water and waste treatment), information sciences (computer science, data science) but also human and social sciences (sociology, geographic information systems).
This multidisciplinarity allows students to deepen their knowledge by integrating an international dimension on large-scale crises (industrial accidents, natural disasters, pandemics, etc.).


"Due to the big network of lecturers in the programme I had the opportunity to carry out my M2 internship at the European Commission in Brussels. Experiencing this institution from within has been a fantastic experience! During many courses during the programme, lecturers mentioned the European Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations and all the important work that is being done here. After completing my internship I was lucky enough to get a position on my team here and continue my work at the Commission. This valuable work experience is a great start into professional life and was only possible due to the supportive lecturers of Master DAMAGE!"

Anna BERLIN, Germany, promotion 2021/2023



Module 1 : Risk Identification (5 credits)

  • Bioterrorism
  • Principles of Environmental Assessment
  • Resilience of Critical Infrastructure
  • Principles of Key Concepts


Module 2 : Risk Assessment (4 credits)

  • Earthquake
  • Geohazard and Geospatial sciences
  • Major industrial incidents: Boilover, BLEVE
  • UVCE


Module 3 : Disaster Modeling (6 credits)

  • Accidental Modeling
  • Response and Mitigation


MODULE 4 : Hazard Assessment (4 credits)

  • Atmospheric Dispersion
  • Forest fire, command and control, ERCC
  • Risk Analysis Method/Lessons Learnt
  • Flash Flood
  • Computer vision


MODULE 5 : Crisis Management (5 credits)

  • Cybersecurity
  • Critical Infrastructure protection
  • CBRNE Threat
  • Resilience engineering


MODULE 6 : Process safety and Chemical Hazards (6 credits)

  • Crisis in Oil & Gas Industry
  • Inherently Safer Design



MODULE 7 : Preparedness (4 credits)

  • Logical Logistics in a Disaster
  • Response Context
  • Humanitarian Emergencies
  • Response to a Health Crisis


MODULE 8 : Disaster Management (4 credits)

  • Epidemiologic Measures
  • Outbreak Investigation
  • Ethical Issues
  • Water Crisis Management


MODULE 9 : Disaster Resilience (4 credits)

  • Risk Prevention
  • Flood and Human Factor
  • Disaster Management, Large-scale Rescue Operations


MODULE 10 : Disaster and Human Factors (5 credits)

  • Disaster Resilience and Societal Impact
  • Human Factor and Disaster Resilience


MODULE 11 : Disaster Medicine (3 credits)

  • Serious Games
  • Disaster Medicine


MODULE 12 : Health Engineering (3 credits)

  • Humanitarian Actions
  • Quality Management


MODULE 13 : Data Management and Decision (4 credits)

  • Data Preparedness and Decision Making
  • Information and Communication Strategies


MODULE 14 : Intercultural Management 1 (3 credits)

  • Social Media Management
  • Intercultural Communication



MODULE 15 : System Engineering (7 credits)

  • Organizations modeling
  • Uncertainty Management
  • Emergency Communication Systems


MODULE 16 :  Intercultural Management 2 (8 credits)

  • Intercultural Concepts
  • International Management
  • Healthcare Preparedness and Response


MODULE 17 :  Oil and Gas Management 1 (7 credits)

  • Oil & Gas Exploration and Production
  • Main Characteristics of Oil and Gas Projects
  • Work Breakdown Structure


MODULE 18 : Oil and Gas Management 2 (8 credits)

  • Safety Management Concepts
  • Safety Management System
  • Safety Engineering

MODULE 19 : Internship (30 ECTS)

4 to 6 months in a company or laboratory


  • A credit is about 8-12 hours.
  • All courses are mandatory.
  • The order of classes can change based on the availability of professors.
  • Free French courses are offered once a week for the first year.
  • A case study is included for every semester (except semester 4 : internship)

The organisation of the teaching modules is 120 ECTS credits over two academic years detailed as follows :

    M1 year : UE1 – UE15 – from October to July
    M2 year : UE16 – UE20 – From October to August

This Master of Science is organised in 3 teaching semesters and a final semester is consisting of an internship conducted in a company or laboratory (in France or abroad)

French courses (FLE: French as a foreign language) are offered free part of this training

"As a Process and Environmental Support Engineer at VEOLIA UAE, I oversee projects ranging from waste to energy and hazardous waste management. I conduct thorough environmental assessments, ensuring compliance with regulations and driving initiatives for a greener future. Additionally, as an ecological transformation co-facilitator for climate change, I am dedicated to minimizing carbon footprints and fostering environmental stewardship. My experience and education from the Master DAMAGE program have equipped me to confidently tackle real-world challenges. I am grateful for the opportunities to make meaningful contributions to shaping environmental sustainability in the UAE and the world."

Fatema BELAL NASER, Emirates, Promotion 2020/2022


Do you speak English ?

100 %

in english

International teachers


international teachers

International students


nationalities to date

Small groups of students


students maximum per class

"My story begins in Puducherry, India. With a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a big dream to make a difference, I found myself drawn to France. The Master's program in Disaster Management and Environmental Impact (DAMAGE) at IMT Mines Alès caught my eye, promising deep knowledge and hands-on experience. Armed with this potent combination of theoretical and practical knowledge, I graduated with flying colors. Furthermore, my 6-month internship as a Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) Engineer at Solvay Chemical Company, a SEVESO-protected site, allowed me to put my learnings into direct practice. The experience served as a testament to the program's effectiveness in preparing me for real-world challenges. The DAMAGE program didn't just teach me skills; it gave me the confidence and strength to tackle global challenges in disaster management and environmental protection. A short welcome from your Alumni David DEVARADJOU,I wish all the best to my juniors / future Master DAMAGE students. "

Davidraj DEVARDJOU, India, promotion 2021/2023


Admission and requirements fees

Admission requirements

Bachelor degree in

  • engineering (environmental sciences, logistics, and management)
  • sciences (chemistry, mechanics)

Language requirements in English

  • mother tongue or
  • bachelor degree taught in English or
  • English test such as TOEFL iBT 80, IELTS 6.0, TOEIC 750, Cambridge CAE

No prerequisite in French


Submission of the application on the dedicated free online platform.
Online interview in English.


18000  (for 2 years) for non EU students
13700  (for 2 years) for EU + students (member state of the European Union+Iceland, Lichtenstein,, North Macedonia, Norwey and Turkey)

Payment details

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French way of life at Master DAMAGE

"The degree obtained at IMT Mines Ales has been a very vital contributor to my current research in the UK, as I am currently exploring the impact of microplastics on human health- which covers a core area of Master DAMAGE- studying the environmental impact of pollutants and particles (micro and nano). I have also recently accomplished my NEBOSH IGC certificate while I am striving to secure a PhD in the environmental sector- covering the aspects of environmental pollutants and biomedical sciences. A Master's DAMAGE degree opens many opportunities in diverse fields. I am reaping from those benefits now and will reap much more in the days to come."

Mayowa, Nigeria, Avril 2024


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"I'm Livia Paraguassu, a former master's student in the DAMAGE program in 2020-2022. Throughout my master's, I had the privilege of working as an ESG intern at Groupe Casino, where I spent a year and a half overseeing GHG emission calculations. Currently, I am employed at Nestlé as a Net Zero Manager, responsible for deploying reduction and removals projects to achieve our Net Zero target."

Livia PARAGUASU SANTOS, Brazil, Promotion 2020/2022






  •  IMT Mines Alès gains 3 places and is positioned in the 1st half of the prestigious 'group A' (top 15% of the best engineering schools), in L'Étudiant
  •     IMT Mines Alès enters the TOP 30 of the ranking of the best engineering schools in the Figaro Etudiant
  •     Ranked 6th school in France in the 'Generalist schools' category, in the Figaro Etudiant
  •     Silver medal for IMT Mines Alès, ranked 2nd best school in France in the 'Civil Engineering and Construction' category, in the Figaro Etudiant
  •     Ranked 16th in the 'Digital and Computer Science' category, in the Figaro Etudiant
  • IMT Mines Alès is ranked in the top 400 worldwide in the prestigious Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2021 (general ranking)
  • Also ranked in the top 200 in the world in several thematic rankings of this ranking dedicated to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Ranked 1st in France in the 'Teaching and Learning' category of the U-Multirank global ranking
  • Ranked in the top 10% of the world's best institutions evaluated, in Webometrics


  • IMT Mines Alès is ranked 13th in France in HappyAtSchool (a survey conducted directly by the organization among students at the schools, which focuses on quality of life)