Master of Advanced Studies FNS-MI

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A training program accredited by the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles, part of the training program of “Ingénieurs des Ponts, des Eaux et des Forêts (IPEF)”, in partnership with the programme “Sustainability and Social Innovation” of HEC Paris


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What is the Advanced Master?
Context and Objectives
The advantages of the FNS Advanced Master
The Training Program


What is the Advanced Master ?

The Advanced Master (approved by the Conference of Higher Education) is a label attributed specifically to post Diploma qualifications, organized by certain schools of engineering and management for the benefit of students issued from these establishments or students with an equivalent qualification.

This course also trains some “Ingénieurs des Ponts des Eaux et Forêts“ (IPEF) students.

This course is post – master level. French and Foreign candidates are required to have at least :

- Engineering or Management Diploma.
- Master DEA, DESS or legal qualification.
- Diploma equivalent to Baccalaureat +5.
- Diploma equivalent to Baccalaureat +4 complemented by 3 years of professional experience.

The objective is to offer a specialisation, or a double qualification, in particular for engineers in other disciplines with diplomas from Universities or Schools of Commerce or Management.

Webpage: Advanced Master AgroParisTech



Context, and objectives of the Advanced Master Forest, Nature and Society

In response to current, imminent, and urgent issues affecting the natural environment, the Advanced Master in Forestry, Nature, and Society proposes a year long training course to MSc level candidates, and is specifically oriented by social sciences (social, political, economic, and management sciences) when applied to natural resources management, rather than a technically oriented instruction.

Today, it has become necessary to understand the relationship between the three interconnected levels of intervention: local, national and international.

The natural environment, and in particular forest ecosystems, represent very major environmental and social concerns relating to sustainable development – climate change, biodiversity, desertification, soil erosion, regulation of hydrosystems – are the problems that form the central challenge that society is now, timidly attempting to confront. Tropical forests are faced with threats of industrial exploitation, and imminent destruction on a scale never known before. In Europe, however, forest areas are growing because of rural depopulation, and changing social demands.

The capacity of public authority regulation and good governance are the core issues in the professions to which this course is addressed. The course prepares engineers and masters students in maintaining and managing the services needed to sustain these threatened areas in a context of global development and changing ecological environmental management. It is addressed to the public and parapublic sectors as well as the private sector, and firms who are confronted with these issues, and who wish to act internationally and therefore conform to international environmental standards by developing innovative solutions.

Web page : Advanced Master "Forest, Nature and Society"


The advantages of the FNS Advanced Master

  • Social sciences, and management sciences orientation throughout the course adapts the auditors to the current issues concerning forestry resources management.
  • In the case of the option “Management, Nature, Society” (Montpellier), the collaboration with the HEC master “Sustainability and Social Innovation in Paris allows the auditors to work in cooperation with students from another curriculum. Two months will be spent in partnership: one month in HEC Paris, one month in AgroParisTech Montpellier.
  • The course has a solid base of international active partners, in the temperate European regions, in Southern countries (Africa, Latin America, and Asia) and a strong network of international organisations.
  • The learning methods used in the course give the auditors frameworks for diagnosis and evaluation in environmental management, in particular management of forests and ecosystems, and provide the conceptual tools for intervention at the higher management level. There are numerous overseas project interventions: Guyana, European countries, and Tropical countries (emerging and developing countries) for the option “Management, Nature and Society”. The auditors are working in a team, developing supervisory skills, and reporting to stakeholders in a multicultural context.
  • The auditors receive individual tutoring throughout the course and monitoring during the fieldwork mission.
  • In the option “Management, Nature and Society" the auditors are encouraged to develop their oral and written language abilities throughout the duration of the course, in particular in English (and also in Spanish and Portugese).


The Training Programme

The course, which lasts 13 months is composed of a foundation course followed by a choice of two specializations. The content of the specialization “Management, Nature and Society organized by ENGREF Montpellier as well as the foundation course are presented here. ( The content of the specialization “Management of Temperate Forests” organized by the centre at Nancy is available by clicking HERE).


Foundation course

  • Location : Nancy and Kourou.
  • Period : September to December.
  • Blockcourses :

+ Understanding the functioning of Humid, Tropical Forestry Ecosystems (1 month in Guyana at the ENGREF centre in Kourou ;
+ Forestry politics and economics, including a project in Europe with studies into the economic evaluation of environmental projects, as well as a course in forestry rights, and environment.
+ Forest products
+ Forestry and wildlife management initiation.


The specialization “Management, Nature and Society”.

  • Location : Paris, Montpellier, and tropical zone.
  • Period : December to October.
  • Objectives

The Option is aimed at the acquisition of the following capabilities:
* Analysis and evaluation of environmental policies, programs and projects at international level.
* Development of process regulation and public policies, implementation of regulatory procedures in order to preserve ecosystems and environmental services.
* Strategic intervention and responding to the private sector enterprises committed to building sustainable development and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

  • The training schedule is based on three main axis:

* Blockcourses joint with the majeure “Sustainability and Social Innovation” in HEC Paris (4 weeks in December
+ Fair and social trade
+ Change management
+ Regulation institutions

* Social sciences blockcourses studying institutional politics in the management of tropical forests ecosystems and natural environments

+ Nature policies
+ Sociology of organisations and environmental management
+ Negotiation applied to management of natural resources
+ Global supply chains and firms' strategies
+ Strategic analysis of environmental management
+ Environmental Impact Assessement
+ Participation and anthropology of development
+ Tropical forest and global change: from facts to ecopolitic

* An joint assessment of an environmental project in a developing country (Morocco, India…)

+ Producing knowledge from field interviews
+ Assessing an environmental project abroad (field study, presentation to the stakeholders)


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Professional thesis

  • Location : Tropical zone overseas
  • Period : April to October
  • This individual study or research phase can take place within a public or a private institution/organization/ for a five month duration, at the end of which the student is required to produce a Masters thesis which will be presented in front of a jury. A prerequisite is the presentation of the initial project outline which is also marked by the jury.



This curriculum is therefore addressed to the needs of employers in the public or parapublic sector, as well as private sector organisations confronted with current environmental management issues, who are developing internationally, conforming to environmental regulation (corporate social responsibility), and who are looking to develop innovative environmental strategies. The pedagogic tools employed in the course produce the required professional skills and capabilities. They provide the frameworks for analysis and evaluation used in environmental management, particularly natural, and forest environment, and they allow the auditors to develop the conceptual tools for intervention at the higher management level.

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Admission is by individual application.

Eligible candidates will be examined by a jury to determine their suitability for admission (interviews will take place in Montpellier or Nancy depending on the option chosen).

Applications must be received before 31st May 2016.
After 31st May 2016 applications will be considered according to remaining availability.
Overseas candidates and candidates requiring vocational leave are advised to apply before the end of March 2016.

Admission interviews: June 2016.

To apply on line: click here.

The fees for 2016 / 2017 are 8 550 euros.


UFR G-ENV — AgroParisTech

Centre de Montpellier
648 rue Jean-François Breton
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34090 Montpellier Cedex 5