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INVOGE or International Geological Masters in Volcanology and Geotechniques

INVOGE or The International Geological Masters in Volcanology and Geotechniques is offered by Blaise Pascal (France), Milan-Bicocca (Italy), Michigan Technological and Buffalo Universities (USA). Over 5 years a generous financial aid is provided through the ATLANTIS EU/US programme (2009 to 2014). INVOGE is sutainable and will continue to operate after 2014 after the end of EU/US start-up funding with a range of individual and group funding options.

INVOGE provides students with an excellent broad-based international training in volcanology and geotechniques, and a rich cultural / linguistic foundation. The staff and student program answers a clear need for a new generation of internationally mobile personnel with volcanological and geotechnical expertise, to meet challenges of a fast developing field.


  • The fusion of Masters courses of four complementary geological programs
  • Broad Professional and Research opportunities
  • À la carte study program tailored to each person’s requirements to be competitive on the world job market
  • Not just a masters but a cultural and linguistic experience.

1 year abroad with transatlantic experience and a visit to another EU country


2 years (Master 1 and Master 2)


Open Internationally, although US/EU funding depends on US/EU nationality, or 3 years in full time EU university. Suitable undergraduate level studies, acceptable English. Candidates should be able or prepared to learn to speak French and Italian.

How to apply:

Initial direct communication to, followed by electronic application to the INVOGE application site.
Web site:

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EU students, normal masters fees payable to UBP are applicable (note these are subsidised and are thus ca 400€ per year).

Financial aid:

1000€/1200$ per month transatlantic mobility grant (up to 2014) EU-ERASMUS complements All grants can be held in combination with other financial sources. Possibility of partial or self funded participation. At UBP masters students recieve a stipends while undertaking some of their research projects (about 400€ per month).

Associated programs:

The International Master options in Earth Sciences at UBP are also available and provide similar mobility throughout Europe financed through ERAMSUS and other international programs (we have mobility options to Uppsala, Durham, Rekyavik, Dublin, Portsmouth, Leeds, Prague, as well as Philippines, New Zealand, New Mexico).


NON-EU/USA students can participate in the masters independent of the ATLANTIS program, and there are funding opportunities, depending on origin, nationality and personal choice.

Link between ClerVolc and the Laboratoire Mixte International “Earthquakes and Volcanoes in the Northern Andes”

A four-year agreement of collaboration will be signed in early 2013 between the Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans, the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), and the National Polytechnic School in Quito, Ecuador, to launch an International Joint ’Laboratory’. The ’Laboratory’ gathers researchers, engineers, technicians and students from three French scientific institutions (Géoazur, Nice; Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans – LMV, Clermont-Ferrand; Institut des Sciences de la Terre, Grenoble) and the Instituto Geofísico of the Escuela Politécnica Nacional (IG-EPN) in Quito. It is closely linked to ClerVolc research and training activities, notably through programme 7 : ’Towards a more quantitative approach to volcanic risk and its societal impact’.

    The agreement aims at :

  • Promoting cross-disciplinary research on recent and active volcanism in the Ecuadorian arc,
  • Exchange of researchers and teaching mobility between the LMV and IG-EPN in the context of joint scientific research,
  • Training of Master and PhD students using LMV and ClerVolc facilities in the context of the doctoral programme of Blaise Pascal University.