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Professions related to environmental management and planning require multidisciplinary training, a good working knowledge of management tools, and a sense of governance and mediation. The skills acquired during the Master in Expertise and Management of the Coastal Environment fall into four categories:

General knowledge of coastal systems: nature and processes

  • Knowledge of the main types of coasts, their dynamics and their management issues.
  • Knowledge of the main sources of data describing the coast, of existing coastal monitoring networks and institutional responsibilities within these areas.
  • Knowledge of the main methods of investigation that can be implemented for the study and knowledge of a coastal area.

Coastal planning, management, and protection

  • Carrying out a land diagnosis to assess its environmental, development and use issues.
  • Knowledge of the regulatory framework, the institutional context, and the management and planning tools applicable to the coastal environment.
  • Project management: planning, budgeting, managing a project.

Mediation, Facilitation

  • Understanding the publics involved and diagnosis of needs.
  • Communicating, creating and using the tools of mediation and facilitation.
  • Setting up workshops, round tables, and public consultations.
  • Designing educational and conference presentations and brochures.
  • Knowledge of the principles and methods of governance and mediation applicable within the strategic framework of integrated coastal management.

Transverse methodological skills

  • Researching, reading and using scientific, institutional and operational literature (management plans, for example), regulations and legislation.
  • Mapping and spatial analysis of a territory using geomatic methods: remote sensing, GIS, and modeling.
  • Surveys and data processing in humanities and social sciences.
  • Measurements and surveys carried out in situ: topography, water quality, habitat inventory.



The professions targeted by the degree course are directly related to the development and management of the coastal environment:

  • Protection and management of coastal heritage: expertise and consulting, development and implementation of management plans for coastal areas within public authorities, associations or private structures.
  • Coastal planning: expertise and consulting, development of area planning schemes.
  • Resource management: expertise and consulting, monitoring of natural resources cultivated or exploited on the coast within local authorities and professional bodies.
  • Management and monitoring of water quality and marine pollution.
  • Enhancement of environmental heritage: activities, design of tourism products on an environmental theme, creation of interpretive tours, nature trails, etc.
  • Monitoring and understanding of the functioning of coastal systems for operational or research purposes within private structures (design and consulting firms), associations (environmental management associations) or public structures (laboratories): mapping, surveys, topographic surveys, measurements, etc.
  • Production, management, analysis and dissemination of geographic information on the description of coastal systems: development of GIS, remote sensing image analysis.
  • Expertise and monitoring of environmental projects with local authorities, and regional, national and international institutions.
  • Mediation and facilitation on the subject of the integrated management of the coastal environment: organization and conducting of round tables, moderation of working groups, negotiation.
  • Communication and facilitation on the subject of the coastal environment: organization of scientific events for the general public, exhibitions, production of brochures.
  • Training and education in the principles of the functioning, protection and management of the coastal environment.
  • Higher education and Research in coastal geography.


Career Opportunities

The Master’s degree offers access to a wide range of jobs in the areas of environmental management and planning.

For more details, see the surveys carried out by the UBO Employment Observatory (heading: Observatory, Where are they now?). See also the testimonials of some former students of this Master’s degree course.



The Master’s degree also allows admission to graduate schools to pursue a PhD. Every year, several graduates begin a thesis in a UBO laboratory or with another institution, on topics related to coastal and sea management.

See the LETG-Brest GEOMER page to check out the current or recently defended thesis topics, this host laboratory regularly taking on graduates of the Master’s degree in Expertise and Management of the Coastal Environment. Some graduates pursue a PhD in other IUEM laboratories, or with other academic or research institutions such as Ifremer, BRGM, IRD, etc.