Training Overview

The Institute offers a wide range of training in the field of marine and coastal sciences:

  • A master's program consists of eight specializations in marine and coastal science.
  • A doctoral school with nearly 200 doctoral students
  • Summer schools on different themes and different subjects around the sea
  • Life long leaning modules from the beginning of the school year (2017) with our partners

    Master programme

    The Expertise and Management of the Coastal Environment specialization of the Master’s degree in Ocean and Coastal Sciences has a dual professional and research vocation.

    The professional objective of this Master’s degree course is to train future managers who are able to understand the issues inherent in coastal management, provide appropriate solutions to problems, and successfully find work within the relevant fields. This objective is achieved thanks to the significant participation by different actors and stakeholders in these fields, the organization of workshops and meetings with the socioeconomic players involved, and internships within companies.

    From a scientific point of view, this course aims to train researchers capable of conducting transverse, possibly multidisciplinary, investigations into the management of coastal and marine areas, by promoting an integrated geographical approach. This includes providing answers to the questions raised by the specificities of this area with regard to, notably, environmental, energy, economic, and social challenges (Grenelle de la mer, vulnerability to flooding, marine renewable energy, pressure on the area, conflicts of use, spatial planning, etc.).

    The Master’s degree relies heavily on the skills developed within the IUEM and especially the LETG-Brest GEOMER laboratory in the coastal and maritime field, notably in geomatics (GIS, remote sensing and modeling), dynamic geomorphology, the analysis of land uses, the study of coastal hazards, etc.

    There is no dissociation between the professional and scientific objectives of the course, which are actually extremely complementary with regard to the issues inherent in the management of the coastal environment.

    YEAR 1: The semester begins with a module common to all specializations of the Marine and Coastal Sciences Master’s degree. The other modules focus on measuring, processing, formatting and interpreting geological, geophysical, geochemical and remote sensing data, and include a strong field study component, both on land and at sea. During the second semester, the students choose five out of the available ten optional modules, including two more applied modules. This allows for greater flexibility and further specialization at the end of Year 1.

    The students then carry out an eight-week internship, in order to gain an insight into the world of research or work experience within a company. During the last academic year, an equal number of internships were carried out in both the academic and professional fields.

    YEAR 2: The classes held during Semester 9 aim to provide the students with an overview of the different issues and challenges of research in the field of Marine Geosciences. This semester comprises a common core including field studies in Brittany, two compulsory modules, and a series of research seminars generating group discussion on a specific issue of Marine Geosciences. It also includes a choice between two optional 60-hour modules:

    • The interior of the Earth: geochemical and geophysical methods of investigation of the deeper layers of the Earth.
    • The exterior of the Earth: sedimentary processes, environment and recordings, training in marine and terrestrial data acquisition and processing methods (bathymetry and bottom reflectivity, side-scan sonars, vertical reflection-seismic data, etc.), as well as modern methods of sedimentary (samples), outcrop and continental margin analysis.


    The International Master in Marine Biological Resources (IMBRSea), is a joint Master programme organized by nine leading European universities in the field of marine sciences; Ghent University (BE), University of Pierre and Marie Curie (FR), University of the Algarve (PT), University of Oviedo (ES), Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (IE), University of the Basque Country (ES), Polytechnic University of Marche (IT), University of Bergen (NO) and Université de Bretagne Occidentale (FR), supported by fourteen Marine Research Institutes belonging to the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC). Based on the objectives of the EMBRC consortium, IMBRSea covers a wide, yet consistent, range of subjects related to the sustainable use of marine biological resources. With an emphasis on marine biological and ecological processes, the programme links biology of marine organisms and environmental studies with subjects in marine policy and planning. 

    IMBRSea is a two year, 120 ECTS study programme that starts with a first semester of courses within the Fundamental Modules in which students gain the core competences required for starting any of the five Specialization Tracks of the programme. This first semester offered by Ghent University, University of the Algarve, University of Oviedo, Université de Bretagne Occidentale and University Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC). During the second and the third semester, the students follow two Thematic Modules, leading to one of the five Specialization Tracks defined according to the EU Horizon2020 Blue Growth innovation challenges: (1) Marine food production, (2) Management of living marine resources, (3) Applied marine ecology and conservation, (4) Marine environment health, and (5) Global ocean change.

    IMBRSea offers, beside a wide variety of courses in the Thematic Modules, also a series of jointly developed activities. In the second half of the second semester, students will gain authentic experience during six weeks of Professional Practice offered by potential future employers. During a Joint School students from the same cohort will come together for programme-wide training on multi-disciplinary topics. During the last semester students have the opportunity to develop an individual Thesis research project, tailored to their personal interests. This research project is presented on the IMBRSea Annual Symposium which unites both first and second year students, as well as future employers, and interested stakeholders.

    IMBRSea aims to prepare students for the rapidly evolving demands of the blue bio-economy and research on the sustainable use of marine biological resources. The international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral nature of these challenges demands the integrated approach which IMBRSea fully encompasses.

    The objective is to train experts in the law concerning the sea, coastal areas, fisheries, marine environment law and commercial maritime activities.

    In the world of work, holders of this diploma will be responsible for identifying, analyzing and addressing legal issues related to the various fields of maritime activities and the Law of the Sea, by preparing and following contentious cases, and by defining, designing and writing documents, legal acts and useful regulations.

    Graduates in Maritime Law will be able to advise different actors in the maritime sector (e.g. shipping companies, agencies, forwarding agents, NVOCC, insurers, tugboat pilots and cargo handlers) in the implementation of their administrative and commercial responsibilities; to negotiate and draw up contracts and agreements; and to manage disputes arising from these activities. The graduate will typically advise these actors on the use of legal instruments specific to the occupation and exploitation of the public domain, on the planning rules for construction in coastal areas, and on the instruments relating to authorization, management and use of resources schemes. He or she will help to reduce the risks of environmental damage and, if necessary, deal with the legal consequences of such impacts.

    In the field of International Law of the Sea, the graduate will interpret and assess the impact of international acts relating to the implementation of this specific law, to environmental protection, maritime and port security. He/she will advise operators on State responsibility and jurisdiction at sea, on the procedures related to offense investigation and prosecution and the associated legal risks.

    The purpose of the specialization "Marine Biological Sciences" (MBS) of the domain "Marine and Coastal Sciences" (SML) is to provide general training in marine ecology/biology during the first year (M1) of the Master, and to propose 4 specialties in the second year (M2) corresponding to an orientation toward the biology of marine organisms , marine ecosystems , marine biotechnology and fisheries. Three of the four specialties are mainly oriented towards research (going on to do a PhD afterwards). "VALBIOREM" is the only specialty which is vocationally oriented.

    Graduates of this Master’s degree go on to conduct basic and applied research in the fields of analytical chemistry, marine chemistry and biogeochemistry, and the functioning of marine ecosystems. They contribute to the dissemination of knowledge, and can ensure education and awareness activities for various publics in these fields. They develop and implement study strategies and surveys, and optimize experimental techniques. They provide scientific expertise and consulting services within various marine environment authorities. They draft scientific reports and articles, and organize scientific activities within their field.

    To these ends, the graduates draw on their multidisciplinary knowledge in theoretical and applied chemistry, marine biology, physical oceanography and marine geosciences. They capitalize on the basic concepts of marine chemistry. They know how to use and interpret the results of modern analytical techniques (mass spectrometry, ICP-MS, GC, HPLC, spectroscopy, electrochemical techniques) available in research, industrial or control laboratories. They are capable of developing an independent scientific approach to address an environmental issue (state of an ecosystem, predicting its evolution, etc.). They implement field sampling techniques and laboratory experimental protocols, and interpret the data obtained. They are also capable of summarizing oral and written scientific papers.

    Physical oceanography, geophysics and naval hydrodynamics are based upon a common foundation of physics, mechanics, and applied mathematics. The Marine Physics masters offers a two years intensive program with fundamental lectures, advanced courses, internships and research projects. The program is held at the University of Brest in collaboration with engineering schools, Ifremer and research laboratories at IUEM. The training provides career opportunities in research and academia in oceanography, climate science, geophysics and in applications such as operational oceanography, naval hydrodynamics,observation and monitoring of the coastal and deep sea environment, exploitation of marine mineral resources.


    2 year masters program with 3 specializations:

    • Physics of the Ocean and the Climate
    • Marine Geophysics
    • Naval Hydrodynamics

    This is a master degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Economics. The program allows students to specialize either in agriculture economics or marine resources economics. Elective courses relating to Ocean economics, Fisheries Economics, Marine policy, or Bio-economic modeling are offered. The program has basic training in microeconomics, mathematical and statistics tools, econometric and modeling techniques, and conceptual frameworks to address real-life issues.

    It is a two year degree developed over two academic years on a full-time basis. The last semester of the Master constitutes a period of initiation to research or to professional activity in which participants work on their Master Thesis.

    Doctoral programme

    L’Ecole Doctorale des Sciences de la Mer est naturellement multidisciplinaire et a pour vocation de fédérer les disciplines impliquées dans l’étude du milieu marin au sens large. Elle forme des spécialistes de haut niveau en sciences de l’univers, sciences de la vie, sciences humaines et sciences de l’ingénieur.

    Summer course

    Environmental sciences have experienced a data deluge with the explosion in the amount of data produced by sensors and models that monitor, measure and forecast the Earth system. This exponential trend in data availability is expected to continue in the future thereby creating many new opportunities, needs and challenges. On the other hand, data science has emerged as a wide multidisciplinary dynamic which addresses challenges associated to large and complex data and encompasses diverse fields in applied mathematics and computer science.

    Diverse themes will be treated:

    • data acquisition and visualization
    • in situ monitoring, remote sensing data, numerical simulations
    • physical modeling (parameterizations and model selection)
    • data analysis (machine learning, statistical models and stochastic processes)
    • data assimilation (high dimensionality, error covariance estimation)
    • climate (detection/attribution, extremes)
    • etc...

    A special focus will be given to oceanographic data and related problems. Other fields of interest related to environment like meteorology, climate, biogeochemistry, geographic information system, are also welcome.

    Life long learning

    This 5 days-long training is intended for an international francophone public, from public or private organizations, who wants to engage in the sustainable development of coastal and marine territories and in the preservation of marine biodiversity.

    This training offers 35 hours of both high-level theoretical teaching, illustrated by operational implementations, and two field trips to meet the local actors.

    The objective is to share general knowledge about the challenges and questionings of the conciliation between the development of coastal territories and the preservation of marine biodiversity. The participants will acquire the necessary skills for decision-making as well as familiarize themselves with the current legal and regulatory framework.  

    They will also benefit from an individualized support for the development of their project and the exchange of good practices with other francophone professionals from all around the world.

    If you want to learn how to use wave data from remote sensing, buoys or models or you want to run simulations of ocean waves at any scale from the globe to a local beach, then join us. After a first day dedicated to the use of various wave data sources, we will focus on the use of the model WAVEWATCH III® including the latest features introduced in version 5.16, released on 31 October 2016. You will learn first-hand how to prepare a model configuration, run it, interpret it and validate it with satellite and buoy data. This course will lead to a First certificate in wave modelling delivered by the University of Brest.

    The program will be changed to better fit to what the participants expect to do.
    All the material is available at IUEM.

    • 1st day Wave action equation - physics and measurements
    • 2nd day Wave modelling parametrizations and running
    • 3rd day Multi grid implementation and numerical coupling
    • 4th day Unstructured mesh implementation
    • 5th day Personal projet or real case modelling