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Curriculum, Assessment and Evaluation Methods, and Module Descriptions

Master 2

Year 1 Curriculum

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 (10 ECTS), 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.

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Year 2 Curriculum

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 chemical geodynamics approach involves the comprehensive study of the genesis and evolution of magma, using the state-of-the-art geochemical analysis methods (mass spectrometry, TIMS, ICP-MS, laser ablation) belonging to the Joint CNRS Research Unit (Unité Mixte de Recherches, UMR).

The geophysical approach includes the imaging and dynamics of the interior of the Earth (seismology, tomography, magnetotelluric methods, models), and the analysis of potential fields (gravimetry, magnetism).

  • 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.

This aim of this module is the development of in-depth knowledge about sedimentary processes and (paleo-)environments on continental margins, and the recording of variabilities (climatic, tectonic and hydrodynamic) over time.

A four-month internship in the student’s specialty concludes the training. This internship can be carried out in one of the laboratories involved in the Master’s degree course, in one of the laboratories associated with the Mercator inter-university cooperation project, or within a private company.

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Module Descriptions


Assessment and Evaluation Methods

The assessment and evaluation methods determine the general conditions for obtaining the degrees and diplomas awarded by the University. These methods are adopted by the Board of Studies and Academic Life (Conseil des Etudes et de la Vie Universitaire, CEVU) and the Board of Directors of the University in the month that follows the beginning of the Fall semester. Once adopted, they cannot be amended during the academic year.

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