Master in Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Science - SOAC


The objective of the international Master in Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Science is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work in the fields of Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Science based on a general understanding of the interactions between these disciplines. The three pillars of the Masters programme, for all these subject areas, are physics, observation and modelling. Graduates are thus well equipped to work in fundamental research, applied research or industrial applications.

This masters programme is the fruit of almost 30 years of collaborative research by the three participating laboratories, in the fields of atmospheric physics, chemistry and environmental fluid mechanics, and is based on their combined experience in measurement and modelling. A significant proportion of the teaching programme is dedicated to laboratory work, giving students the opportunity to work with experimental installations that are not widely available. Much of the practical work is based on small group projects, to encourage collaborative work and to facilitate student integration. The collaboration between the Ecole Centrale de Lyon and the University Lyon 1 offers students unrivalled access to a wide range of elective courses, including courses in the social and economic sciences, the arts and humanities.


This international master's programme is taught entirely in English, in partnership with the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1.  Some courses are offered on the campus of the campus of Ecully (Centrale Lyon) and others on the campus of La Doua (Lyon 1). It is supported by 3 major international research laboratories, the LMFA, the ILM and the IRCELyon.

1st year of Master

  • Atmospheric Physics 1
  • Climate Physics 1
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Chemical kinetics
  • Mathematics
  • Numerical Methods
  • Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Fundamentals of Spectrometry
  • Introduction to Meteorology and Oceanography
  • Graphical Information Systems
  • Physics and modelling of free surface flows
  • Project management
  • Languages

2d year of Master, "Ocean Sciences" track

  • The Physics of water
  • The Ocean-Atmosphere Interface
  • Oceanography
  • Ocean and Coastal Engineering
  • Teledetection
  • The Physics of Turbulence
  • Environmental risk and legislation
  • Group project
  • Languages
  • Internship

2d year of Master, "Atmospheric Sciences" track

  • Atmospheric Physics 2
  • Atmospheric Chemistry 2
  • Atmospheric measurements and instrumentation
  • Atmospheric Boundary Layer
  • Modelling Atmospheric Pollution
  • The Physics of Turbulence
  • Environmental risk and legislation
  • Group project
  • Languages
  • Internship

2d year of Master, « Climate Science » track

  • Atmospheric Physics 2
  • The Ocean-Atmosphere Interface
  • Radiative transfer in the atmosphere
  • Climate Change and Geoengineering
  • The Atmospheric Boundary Layer
  • Natural Resources, Energy and Climate
  • Environmental risk and legislation
  • Group project
  • Languages
  • Internship

Dual Registration

Engineering students from the Ecole Centrale Lyon (Ecully), in the final year of the Engineering degree programme, can enrol in the second year of this master’s programme. They will follow most of the masters courses, and can replace some of the Engineering degree courses with course from the Master.

Career paths

This Master's course leads to careers in research (70% of graduates) : mostly in research establishments (CNES, CEA, IRSN, Meteo-France, INERIS, IFSTTAR, ESA, MPI, NASA… ), in industrial research or in academic research laboratories (universities, CNRS, INSU).

It also leads to commercial activities (30% of graduates): consulting engineers, project engineers.

Applications for 2022-2023 academic year

Applications for the 2022-2023 academic year are now closed. Applicants will be notified by email by 24 June 2022 at the latest. (A confirmation will be requested).


For the 1st year of Master: a Bachelor’s degree in a scientific subject related to the topics of this Master. English language, minimum level B2.

For enrolment directly in 2d year of Master: a completed first year of a Master’s programme in a related discipline. English language, minimum level B2.

Documents you must provide

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Copy of your passport or identity document
  • Passport or identity photo
  • An academic reference from one of your professors, from the last year of your latest academic programme
  • A reference from your employer if you are not currently registered as a student
  • Transcript of your academic results for the current year (Bachelor or Masters programme) and for all the preceding years of your university programmes.
  • Copy of the last degree certificate that you were awarded
  • English language certificate, level B2 – intermediate/advanced (Minimum levels : IELTS 5.0, TOIEC 400, EFSET 51, TOEFL IBT 72, Cambridge FCE, CECR B2, ILR 2, ACTFL Advanced mid, CLB 7, TOEIC 605) or documentary evidence of a minimum of three years of full time education conducted in the English language.

You will find more information on this Master's programme on the website. (In French only at the moment).