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Master Marine Sciences / Physics

Presentation of the international master program "Marine Sciences / Physics" of UBO - IUEM.
The Marine Sciences / Physics Master Program was formerly known as "Marine Physics" Master program.

Physical oceanography, geophysics and naval hydrodynamics are based upon a common foundation of physics, mechanics, and applied mathematics. The Marine Sciences / 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

Each year is credited with 60 ECTS.

The masters starts in early September.


Courses highlight:

  • Geophysical fluid dynamics: a framework to understand ocean physics
  • New remote sensing methods and observing systems for the ocean and solid Earth
  • Strong mathematical training: advanced calculs and numerical methods



The internship is an important aspect of the program.

  • It can be done in Brest area in one of the many laboratories in marine science: Ifremer, University of Brest, CNRS, ENSTA Bretagne, CETMEF, IRD, SHOM.
  • It can be done abroad (USA, Germany, UK etc.)

Brest University has an active and vivid collaboration with the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and promotes exchange of students.

The "Labex Mer" can fund masters' students who do their internship abroad.



  • Courses are mostly in English, and a B2 Level (European certification) in English is mandatory.
  • For the Naval Hydrodynamics Specialty, some of the courses are at least partially in French (see the detailed program). It is therefore mandatory for the Naval Hydrodynamics Specialty to have at least also a B2 level in French.


Living in Brest

  • Fortunately, Brest is one of the least expensive cities in France for accommodation and daily living expenses. Being a mid-sized city, there are many options.
  • Brest is a great city for water sports: sailing, surfing and kite-surfing, diving etc. For 22 euros a year, you can do all these sports via the University sports service.


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