Master of Environmental Science

The Environmental Science program, taught in English or in French, is based on the internationally renowned expertise that ISA Lille has gained in sustainable environmental management.

Sustainable Management of Pollution

ISA Lille has built its expertise in Environmental Science on: 
- Applied courses in soil remediation, waste management, urban planning & environmental engineering 
- Research activities in the field of Soil Pollution and Remediation (LGCGE National Lab)
- An international network of partner universities
- Industrial partnerships 

The Environmental Science program is designed to train future managers and scientists through a hands-on approach to gaining technical expertise in the sustainable management of polluted sites in an international context. 
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Course Objectives

The Environmental Science program gives students a general overview of: 

- Prevention of soil pollution Water and air pollution 
- Management and treatment of sites contaminated by human activities 
- General assessment of pollution
- Remediation/treatment of polluted sites (bioremediation, phytoremediation, biotechnology, and more) 

International Hands-On Experience 

In addition, ISA Lille is dedicated to giving students a well-rounded and international experience. A number of international experts participate in lectures on various topics over the course of the Master. They come from our partner universities or companies in Brazil, the USA, the Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, among others. Moreover, students get the chance to attend international conferences in France and abroad and participate in study tours in Europe:  

  • 2 weeks in the Netherlands to study applied techniques of Bioremediation/Physico-chemical remediation/Thermal remediation in soil and sediment management 
  • 2-3 weeks of study on Microbial Ecology – Bioremediation Phytoremediation at UCT Prague and USB 

Most notably, ISA Lille graduates are also given diverse exposure to the professional world through industrial projects, internships in companies and research in labs. As with every ISA program, students benefit from a solid professional experience: they will indeed spend 40% of their time immersed in companies or research laboratories working on industrial projects or on their thesis. 


  • Minimum Bachelor degree in Life Sciences (Agriculture, Food Science, Biology, or related field)
  • B2 level in language of instruction (French or English) certified by an official test score (DELF, DALF, French Bac, TOEFL IBT 80, TOEIC 785, IELTS 6.0 or equivalent), except students from countries where the desired language of instruction is an official language.
  • French is NOT required for admission to English-taught programs, but is highly recommended

If you meet the above requirements, please follow the application procedure explained here.

Master’s Program

Research in Soils & Environment

Increasing urbanization, intensive agriculture as well as the industrial past of our region guided the research thematic of the laboratory on the management of soils which are affected at various levels by anthropogenic activities. Scientific and technical arguments have been given to help the conservation and the improvement of soil quality with environmental and healthy preoccupations for many years.
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The Environmental Science program prepares students to be operational professionals even before graduating, thanks to our both theoretical and practical approach. The teaching methods provide students from various backgrounds and cultures with the operational and managerial skills required in the corporate world. Students learn through Problem/Project Based Learning (PBL) approach, with a lot of group works and case studies, field visits where students can see first-hand the jobs they might choose for their future professional life, and industrial projects over the 2 years of the program. Internships in a company or a laboratory allow students to confront the reality of the professional world and prepare them for their entry into active employment. 

Examples of our students’ Internships   

  • RENARD Company – Escaudain – France : On-site follow up of a 2 M€ demolition and remediation site in North Department 
  • National Agriculture Research Center – Islamabad – Pakistan : Development of constructed wetland with efficient use of common reed to minimize the area of constructed wetland 
  • ACUI-T – Nantes – France : Research and Development in water treatment for fish farming 
  • BIOCLEAR – Groningen – The Netherlands : Determining the value of a bioreactor designed to accelerate the start-up of a landfarm with oil contamined soil 
  • University of Bologna – Department of Agricultural Sciences – Bologna – Italy : The encapsulation of natural biocides into porous inorganic matrixes in order to tune their release into soil and hence their bioactivities towards target biota 
  • National Agriculture Research Center – Islamabad – Pakistan : Bioremediation of Wastewater from steel industries in I/9 Industrial areas in Islamabad 
  • GEOLYS Consultancy – Ciney – Belgium – Soil diagnosis and soil clean-up in Wallonie : Legislative framework and implementation of the methodology of good practices guide – Case studies 
  • Ateneo de Manila University – Department of Environmental Sciences – Manila – Philippines : Assistant engineer on the Phytoremediation Research Program 
  • ISA Lille – Laboratory of soils and Environment – Lille – France 


ISA Lille is part of a corporate network gathering over 200 companies. For 8 years, ISA Lille has organized an annual Company and Career Day. This event gives all students a chance to meet a representative from the corporate world or a partner company. 

Environmental Science graduates get diverse jobs and positions in the following departments: R&D, Prevention and Reduction of Pollution and Risks, Management of Polluted Sites. In addition, many of our Environmental Science graduates go on to pursue a PhD.  

Examples of Our Alumni’s Positions 

  • PhD research on rhizosphere processes leading to nickel uptake by hyperaccumulator plants – University of Queensland, Australia 
  • Project manager, Management of Polluted Sites – RAMERY, France 
  • PhD research on Dynamic modelisation of the availability of Cesium in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum – Institut de Radioprotection et de Surété Nucléaire, France 
  • Junior Life Cycle Assessment Manager – CYCLeco, France 
  • PhD research on Characterization of Natural Organic Matter and processes during drinking water treatment – Université Lille 1, France 
  • Research and Development Engineer; CEBEDEAU, Belgium 
Academic Advisor
Julien Castelin
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