Masters in Aquatic Systems and Water Management (SAGE)


Environmental sciences and management are characterized by the mass of knowledge and number of fields involved in satisfactorily resolving the problems they raise. This multidisciplinarity incorporates numerous elements relating to materials sciences, the natural sciences, and the life sciences, and also significant aspects associated with the humanities.


The goal of the SAGE specialization is twofold. Firstly, the aim is to give students an in-depth training on the biogeochemical processes that govern the quality of aquatic milieus and the way that those milieus interact with regional environments; and secondly, to help them to understand and master the instruments of water management, whether technical processes for collecting and treating water or the main water policies implemented in different regions of the world.

This means that there is a special focus on making the program multidisciplinary from a technical perspective (fluid mechanics, chemistry, and microbiology), whether students plan to move into research or into fieldwork.


The Masters program’s different skills are covered by high-caliber teams working in three institutions: Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7), Université Paris Est Créteil (Paris12), and École des Ponts ParisTech. In some teams, the links between the three institutions are already strongly established through unified research structures, such as LISA between Paris DIDEROT Paris 7 and Paris Est Créteil, or  LEESU between Université Paris-Est Créteil and École des Ponts ParisTech. Following on from this unified research structure, which already offers a potential of more than 100 permanent researchers and teachers, we award a degree jointly accredited by the three institutions in order to further strengthen these links and establish consistent and balanced synergies across all our competencies in this program.

Career Opportunities

On the one hand, the SAGE program opens up prospects in research on the biogeochemistry of aquatic systems and in water treatment techniques, and on the other hand largely technical jobs in the water management field.

The laboratories that admit students on the “research” program directly associated with the SAGE specialty are LEESU (École des Ponts ParisTech, Paris 12, and ENGREF), LGE (Paris 7, IPGP and CNRS), CEMAGREF (QHAN, Antony), and UMR Sisyphe (CNRS, Paris 6 and EMP). Every year, several PhD students are recruited by each of these teams. However, this is not the only research opening in the SAGE program. Opportunities exist in particular in the form of CIFRE contracts spanning the Masters program, industries working in the water sector (EDF, Véolia, Ondéo…), and the research labs above.

Students on the “vocational” path are guided towards:

  • Operators of drinking water or wastewater treatment plants, operators of infrastructures and urban greywater treatment systems (alternative techniques), and engineering firms in these fields.
  • Organizations responsible for regional and catchment area water management (Water Agencies, public institutions, municipalities…), and engineering firms working in these fields.

These opportunities are not restricted to France but can also lead to employment abroad.