Manager(s) : 

Gilles Sérasset

Head of administration
Brigitte Dumaine

Lydie Cogne


The DSDA welcomes between 900 and 1,000 Bachelors' and Masters' students per year to the Valence campus. Our department gives opportunities to young people from the whole of the South Rhône-Alps area to follow all or part of their university studies in a relatively small university setting close to their homes. We offer general courses which open up countless possibilities for continuing your studies at the Université Grenoble Alpes in Valence or Grenoble or in other universities. We also offer outstanding education grounded in our territory and welcoming students from all walks of life, in France or abroad.


The courses offered by the DSDA prepare young people in the South Rhône-Alps region for a wide range of future professions in a variety of disciplines: physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer sciences, biology and sciences and techniques of sport and physical activities.

The general Bachelor's degrees available at the DSDA enable students to study for a Bachelor's degree in any of the major scientific disciplines, on the Valence campus. Students are able to continue their studies in Grenoble at any point if their chosen specialism is not available in Valence. The DSDA also offers a vocational Masters course in nuclear engineering, for which the rate of graduate employment is one of the jewels in the Université Grenoble Alpes' crown.

The DSDA is a small structure where our students can enjoy an environment conducive to studying, and lecturers who are available to respond to their questions and advise them on their course choices. The DSDA draws on teaching teams from the teaching and research units (UFR) at the Université Grenoble Alpes to guarantee a high-level of teaching which lives up to our reputation.


The majority of the lecturers in the DSDA are recognised researchers in their field of study and are affiliated with the Grenoble laboratories associated with their respective discipline's UFR.


A partnership agreement with the INSTN (National Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology) for the M2 ITDD (Second year of the Master's in Nuclear Engineering) allows us to benefit from the expertise of the CEA (French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission) with classes and practicals held at the Marcoule and Cadarache Centres.