Earth, Planet and Environmental Sciences

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SML Master’s degree

Earth, Planet and Environmental Sciences

We offer training in geosciences, coastal and marine environment professions through the research unit of the Ocean Geosciences Laboratory based in Plouzané (IUEM, UBO) and Vannes (UBS), in close collaboration with the IFREMER Marine Geosciences Institute.

The expertise of these two units covers a wide range of topics: from coastal dynamics to the evolution of the Earth’s mantle, including the dynamics of rifts, margins, ridges and sediment, paleo-climatic and paleo-environmental recording.  The work is based on a multidisciplinary and multiproxy approach based on instrumental poles: ocean spectrometry pole – instrumental pole in geophysics – pole in sedimentology/micropaleontology/palynology.

The strong points of this mention are the numerous land and sea sites carried out throughout the training, the intervention of high-level researchers from both institutes, the possibility of research internships, among other possibilities, within IUEM, IFREMER or SHOM.

Learning path

Ocean Geoscience (GO)

The Ocean Geoscience learning path is strongly linked to the eponymous laboratory. The graduates of this master’s degree will be able to develop and design research projects, provide expertise and consulting activities within public or private structures in the fields of geosciences and, in particular, marine geosciences. This master’s degree allows students to pursue a doctorate in marine geosciences, particularly in the following fields: margins, ridges, rifts, mineral resources, sedimentology, paleoenvironments, paleo-climates, marine geochemistry.

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Coastal and Coastal Resource Engineering and Management (IGRECL)

The IGREC course clearly aims at a non-academic professional integration in the management of coastal and coastal resources among SMEs in the sector, local authorities and large groups whose work affects these environments. At the end of this course, students will have multidisciplinary skills in the management and exploitation of mineral and biological resources, with an understanding of the concepts of risk and vulnerability. These skills will enable them to adapt, anticipate and respond to coastal spatial planning strategies taking into account the European legal and socio-economic framework.

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Educational software

Since December 2018, UBO’s STU (Earth and Universe Sciences) courses have had free access to PETROLEUM EXPERTS’ MOVE software suite, under an agreement signed between the UBO’s Earth Sciences Department and this company. The commercial equivalent of this donation of the MOVE software suite is £1,308,000.00.

This software is the most complete structural geology analysis and modeling “toolbox” available. It provides a complete digital environment to report in 3 dimensions on geological properties and characteristics by reducing the risks and uncertainties of geological models. It is a platform for the integration and interpretation of geophysical data, section construction, 3D model construction, kinematic restoration and validation, geo-mechanical modeling, fracture modeling, fault role modeling and analysis of the relationships between faults and tectonic constraints.

The Earth Sciences Department and the University of Brest (UBO) sincerely thank PETROLEUM EXPERTS Limited for their donation for the free use of the MOVE software suite. This tool will allow us to train our students in Licence 3 (at the UFR Sciences et Techniques du Bouguen) and in Master 1 and 2 (at the IUEM, Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer) to use in the classroom this professional software commonly used in design offices, consulting firms and large geoscience companies working on geological reservoirs. For doctoral students, the databases at their disposal (most often bathymetric data and dense seismic reflection profiles) can thus be significantly enhanced according to the objectives of their thesis work.

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UBO’s Earth Sciences learning path benefit from the free availability of the Kingdom Suite Software distributed by IHS Markit through the University Grant Program, which is updated every year since 2008.

Kingdom Suite software is a worldwide reference for 2D and 3D seismic interpretation and allows the integration of geophysical and geological data offering a wide variety of uses in fundamental and applied research. The software is used in the classroom for Master’s degree courses in Ocean Geosciences and Coastal Resource Engineering and Management. It is also used during sea teaching campaigns and for projects conducted individually by doctoral students at the Ocean Geosciences Laboratory.

The Department of Earth Sciences and the University of Brest (UBO) sincerely thank IHS Markit for the accreditation they have received for the free use of the Kingdom Suite software.

Free and Open Source Geographic Information System

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Programming language for technical calculation, paid software, license acquired at the Laboratory.

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Technical calculation programming language, free numerical calculation software comparable to MATLAB.

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Contacts


Specilization coordinaor :

Christine AUTHEMAYOU (Send an email)

GO learning path:

M1 : Aurélie PENAUD (Send an email)

M2 : Christine AUTHEMAYOU (Send an email)

IGRECL learning path :

Evelyne GOUBERT (Send an email)

Marine Sciences (Marine Physics)

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SML Master’s degree

Marine Sciences (Marine Physics)

This international speciality is co-accredited by IUEM at UBO and by ENSTA Bretagne. It aims at providing students the physical and dynamic properties of the marine environment and related engineering elements (ships in particular) knowledge. It includes 3 courses: Ocean and Climate Physics (POC), Marine Geophysics (GM) and Naval Hydrodynamics (HN). These 3 courses have a common block in M1: fluid and solid mechanics, applied mathematics, data analysis, numerical modelling… The specialisations for each course are more important in M2. The training is based on long academic or industrial research internships at the end of M2.

This mention enables access to PhD training within the context of the PhD School of Marine and Coastal Sciences, as well as to jobs as design engineer in many regional, national or foreign companies. The Brittany context is indeed particularly developed for marine sciences and technologies.

We hope that a new course in Ocean Data Sciences will open at the start of the 2020 academic year as part of the Ocean Climate Physics course. Following this course and then studying one year of Marine Geomatics at ENSTA Bretagne ( depending on the admission file) will permit the access to the diploma from this major engineering school.

The Marine Physics/Marine Sciences program in cooperation with graduate engineering schools in Brest, is international and taught essentially in English (see the site for more information). 

The program focuses on the physics of the sea (POC specialty), of the Earth particularly under the sea (GM specialty) and of ships and naval structures (HN specialty). In M1 the common scientific basics (Fluid and solid mechanics, applied maths, numerical analysis) are taught. In M2, the specific knowledge of each specialty is taught. Projects and internships are essential in the program. Relation with research centres and with private companies are central to research training.

We hope that a new specialty Ocean Data Science will open in September 2019 in the context of the specialty Ocean Physics and Climate and as an independent specialty (still under Marine Physics/Marine Sciences) in September 2020.

Attending and validating this specialty and then validating the (one-year) specialty Marine Geomatics (provided the results of the M2 are good) would lead to obtaining the Engineering Degree of ENSTA Bretagne.

More precise information in English about our program and how to apply can be obtained with contacting Master.Marphys@univ-brest.fr

Courses of study

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Ocean Physics and Climate

The course is based on the Laboratory of Physical and Spatial Oceanography (LOPS), the Laboratory of Marine Environmental Sciences (LEMAR), both IUEM research laboratories, the Hydrography, Oceanography and Meteorology Department of SHOM, the CEREMA Laboratory of Coastal Hydrodynamics. Career opportunities: research, teaching/research, design offices (impact of ocean circulation or extreme events on offshore structures, coastal erosion, marine ecology, exploitation of marine resources, or evolution of pollution slicks).

See the training file on the official UBO catalogue

Marine Geophysics

The course is based on the Ocean Geosciences Laboratory (LGO), which is a research unit, and the Ifremer Marine Geosciences Department. Career opportunities: research, teaching/research, research and development in the fields of marine energy, offshore/petroleum, marine mineral resources, and in design offices (sediment transport, coastal risks…).

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Naval Hydrodynamics

The course is based on the Dupuy de Lôme Research Institute (IRDL, FRE, Brest) and the Naval School Research Institute (IRENAV). Career opportunities: research, teaching-research, design offices and test centres, marine energy, architecture and shipbuilding.

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Ocean data science

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Contact


The speciality coordinator

Xavier CARTON
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The M1 coordinator

Steven Herbette
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The M2 coordinators

  • Marine Geophysics course

Cécile GRIGNÉ
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  • Naval Hydrodynamic course

Jean-Baptiste LEROUX
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  • Ocean Physics and Climate course

Xavier CARTON
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Environmental management

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SML Master’s degree

environmental management

The Environmental Management (EGEL) course is founded on the skills developed in three IUEM research units: LETG (Coastal and Marine Geography), LEMAR (Biology, Chemistry, Marine Ecology) and AMURE (Law and Economics).

Between 2010 and 2014, 9% of the students completed their studies. 70% found a job in the field of coastal environment. Example of jobs: project manager (cartographer, general environmentalist), biologist/scientific diver, project or mission manager (marine environment, fishing and shellfish farming, marine protected areas, Natura 2000, water development and management scheme…).

With the recent proliferation of texts related to the sea and the coastline management (Grenelle de la Mer, Marine Strategy Framework Directive, French Maritime Strategy), sea-oriented jobs should develop in the fields of maritime spatial planning and marine energies. On the littoral, climate change issues call for skills in the field of coastal risks.

Course of study

EGEL- Expertise and management of the coastal environment

EGEL is the multidisciplinary course of the SML domain. The teaching multidisciplinary content combines five major disciplines (geography, biology, chemistry, law and economics). Local and national socio-professional actors have a major role in EGEL training, particularly in M2 where 70% of them are involved. The courses include 80 professionals for a total of nearly 250 hours (including 200 hours in M2, i.e. 45% of the courses). Some of these interventions are carried out in in-situ, thus allowing students to have a better understanding of the realities.

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Applied Economics

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SML Master’s degree

Applied Economics

The mention is made by two laboratories specialized in the fields of maritime economics (AMURE) and agricultural economics (SMART-LERECO), both dealing with the dimensions of sectors, markets, resources, environment and territory. The training is linked to all the strategic axes of the two laboratories, which involve researchers from five supervisory bodies: UBO, AGROCAMPUS OUEST, Ifremer, INRA and CNRS, with locations in Brest, Rennes, Nantes and Angers.

The specialitie Applied Economics refers to the analysis of the organization and dynamics of the agricultural and maritime sectors, agri-food sectors and coastal territories from the perspective of sustainable exploitation of resources and environmental and risk management. It trains the skills required to meet the needs of direct employment opportunities such as design offices, professional structures, companies, local authorities or government departments in terms of economic analysis.


Learning path

Agriculture, Sea, Environment

This spetialitie is composed of a unique learning path, entitled Agriculture, Sea, Environment (E2AME). Fully co-habilitated with Agrocampus-Ouest (Rennes campus), the E2AME master’s degree focuses on the economic analysis of the agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture sectors, the agri-food sectors and the marine and coastal environment, with a view to the sustainable exploitation of resources and the environment.

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Maritime Activities Law

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SML Master’s degree

Maritime Activities Law

The teaching provided within the Master’s degree is based on the AMURE laboratory research activity, whose three research areas are:

  • Blue economy
  • Ownership and responsibility
  • Socio-ecosystem and territory

The course aims at training lawyers specialized in the law of the sea, coastal and maritime activities.

These professionals will be able to identify, analyse and deal with legal problems concerning the laws governing maritime areas and the various activities of the maritime world (ports, transport, insurance, fishing…).

  • Sectors of activity: insurance, legal advice, legal studies and expertise, professional and trade union organizations, private or public companies from the maritime sector, maritime social benefit organizations, maritime banks, maritime cooperatives, Community territorial or national internal and Community administration (environment, equipment and transport – sea -, fisheries).
  • Types of jobs: company lawyer, business manager, litigation manager, legal adviser, administrator…

Course of study

Law, sea and coastline

The objective is to train professionals who can or should be responsible for detecting, analysing and dealing with legal problems relating to the various fields of maritime activities and sea law. They are able to elaborate the documents of litigious files, ensuring the follow-up of contentious cases, defining, conceiving and drafting useful documents, legal acts and regulations.

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Chemistry and Life Sciences

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SML Master’s degree

Chemistry and Life Sciences

Within IUEM, this specilaity is linked to the Marine Environmental Sciences Laboratory (LEMAR/UBO-CNRS-IRD-Ifremer) and the Ocean Geosciences Laboratory (LGO/UBO-CNRS-Ifremer-UBS). Both laboratories include about fifty teachers-researchers and researchers likely to participate in teaching and/or offer internships to students.
This Master’s degree in Marine and Coastal Sciences prepares young scientists for a PhD with a strong background in marine and analytical chemistry. It also enables graduates to enter an engineering school program or to work directly.
The professions targeted following the training are diverse: teacher-researcher in higher education, researcher in research organisms, senior environmental executive, expert for state services, project manager for local authorities…
The professional environments that welcome these new graduates are universities, research centres, chemical and/or environmental consulting firms, chemical analysis and quality control laboratories, and public service organizations.

Course of study

Marine Environmental Chemistry

Following this course, the graduate:

  • has a strong background in theoretical and applied chemistry and masters the fundamental concepts of marine chemistry.
  • has specific knowledge in marine biology, physical oceanography and marine geosciences that enable to approach the plurality of mechanisms that govern the functioning of marine ecosystems.
  • has the ability to use and interpret results from modern analytical techniques (Mass Spectrometry, ICP-MS, GC, HPLC, spectroscopy, electrochemical techniques)
  • is able to develop an autonomous scientific approach aimed at responding to an environmental problematic (state of an ecosystem, prediction of its evolution) by implementing on-site sampling techniques, experimental laboratory protocols and by interpreting the data obtained.
  • has a capacity to synthesize written and oral scientific documents.

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Biotechnologies

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SML Master’s degree

Biotechnologies

The speciality is to coordinate the biotechnology training offer within the Brittany perimeter, ensuring that it is compatible with the current structure of research. The training is co-accredited by l’UBO and l’UBS and is carried out in partnership with the Roscoff biological station and the University of Nantes. The multidisciplinary teaching team relies on a strong training-research link, an international visibility of the teacher-researchers involved, and the contribution of professionals. The goal of courses 1 to 4 is immediate professional integration.

This specialization provides a mastery of the general knowledge and methodologies required for the biotechnological valorization of biological resources, while at the same time providing knowledge of the business world, the regulatory framework, and English, which is necessary for commercial and professional exchanges.

Course of study

The specialization includes 4 courses carried by the UBO (P1) and by the UBS (P2-4), with a local M1 UBS allowing access to the M2 P1-3 and a M1 UBS relocated to the Institut Catholique de l’Ouest Bretagne Nord (ICO BN) specific to P4 (appendix 1). Students from the local M1 will be able to continue their Master’s degree in M2 P4 and, similarly, students from the relocated M1 will be able to apply for M2 P2 or P3.

P1 : International Master’s degree in Marine Biotechnology

International course carried out at the IUEM (UBO) of Plouzané, with an M2 in English. This course is also opened to 3rd year students from the Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs en Agroalimentaire de Bretagne Atlantique (ESIAB) as part of a specialization course.

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P2 : Master’s degree in Biomolecules, Microorganisms and Bioprocesses

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P3 : Master’s degree in Chemical Ecology

All training is provided by distance learning, in continuing education or initial training.
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P4 : Master’s degree in Product and Process Engineering

Course relocated at the Catholic University of North West Britain (Guingamp), in initial or continuing training.
Possibility of professionalization contract in M1 and M2.

  • option in Food Products Engineering
  • option Cosmetic Products Engineering

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Biology

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SML Master

Biology

The mention is made in co-accreditation between the UBO and Agrocampus-Ouest (Rennes site). The BEE mention is attached to IUEM – Université de Bretagne Occidentale and mainly to the Laboratory of Marine Environmental Sciences (LEMAR/UBO-CNRS-IRD-IFREMER) and the Laboratory of Microbiology of Extreme Environments (LM2E/UBO-CNRS-IFREMER). The diploma responds to a strong demand for excellence in training through fundamental and applied research in the fields of the study of marine ecosystems (route 1), in the biology of marine organisms (route 2), and in the field of management through an ecosystem approach to fisheries resources and aquatic environments (route 3).

The objective is to prepare young doctoral scientists, representing 2/3 of the students, with a specialization in marine biological sciences and the link with environmental issues related to the evolution of the oceans. The training also leads 1/3 of the students to research careers related to the professional fields of marine biology, to which are added for the third course new professional opportunities within the organizations in charge of the upstream part of the fisheries and aquaculture sector.

Learning path

Marine ecosystems

The holders of this diploma are professionals who can be in charge of:

  • carry out studies and supervise projects in the field of the marine environment (alteration, preservation, change)
  • contribute to the dissemination of knowledge (reports, studies or surveys), inform and train various audiences (training audiences, political decision-makers, business leaders, etc.) in the field of the marine environment
  • carry out diagnoses and provide advice to different types of interlocutors in the field of the marine environment
  • ensure communication around a project or on a specific subject

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Marine organisms biology

The holders of this diploma are professionals who can be in charge of:

  • carry out studies and supervise projects in the field of marine organism biology (management of livestock, management of living resources)
  • contribute to the dissemination of knowledge, inform and train various audiences (training audiences, political decision-makers, business leaders,…) in the field of marine organism biology
  • ensure communication around a project or on a specific subject
  • carry out diagnoses and provide advice to different types of interlocutors in the field of marine organism biology
  • design, develop and test innovative methodologies in the context of research themes in marine biology

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Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences

This course trains future scientists in the perspective of ecosystem-based management of living resources and marine environments.

They have high-level expertise in their reference scientific fields to conduct diagnoses and act appropriately in complex situations and systems, both scientifically and in terms of the methods to be used and the diversity of interactions to be taken into account.

They are at the level of scientific research but are also able to translate the results into consulting and project support. They implement relevant and innovative techniques in complex environments to act on territories and environments based on context and demand analysis. They conduct experimental work.

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International Master of science in marine biological resources (IMBRSea)

The International Master in Marine Biological Resources (IMBRSea) is a joint Master’s programme organised by ten leading European universities in the field of marine sciences. IMBRSea covers a wide range of topics related to the sustainable use of marine living resources. By focusing on marine biological and ecological processes, the programme links the biology of marine organisms to environmental studies and marine policy and planning topics:

The program is also supported by fourteen marine research institutes belonging to the European Centre for Marine Biological Resources (EMBRC) and other associated partners.

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Head of the Biology mention

Marine organisms biology specialization

Marine ecosystems specialization

Fisheries and Aquaculture sciences specialization

IMBRSea specialization