EGEL (Expertise and Management of the Coastal Environment) is one of the eight Masters in the SML (Marine and Coastal Sciences) field at IUEM. Created in 2000, it is, historically, one of the first specialised training courses on coastal and marine environment management in France with a network of more than 500 alumni trained over the last 20 years.
Recognised on a national scale, EGEL aims to prepare students for careers in planning, environmental engineering and research in the field of coastal and marine management. A multidisciplinary Master’s degree in excellence (geography, planning, biology, ecology, law, economics, chemistry, etc.), it offers a cross-disciplinary approach to the knowledge, understanding and management of coastal and marine issues in a logic of transition and sustainability of territories.
Course of study
EGEL- Expertise and management of the coastal environment
Our training is divided into two years.
The first year (M1) is considered as a disciplinary refresher course. It is therefore more focused on the acquisition of knowledge and methodologies. However, this does not prevent students from being in the field on a regular basis (data collection, meetings with stakeholders, boat trips, etc.).
The second year (M2) is more professional, as it is based on numerous applications of knowledge and professional situations: workshops over several months, organisation of round tables, field trips, transplanted classes in the territories to meet the needs of stakeholders, etc.
The course allows students to validate a “research” or “professional” pathway, but the master’s degree is generally applied (especially in M2). At the end of the course, most students enter the job market. However, it should be noted that each year, some students decide to extend their studies by doing a doctoral thesis in one of the Institute’s research laboratories.
The professional opportunities at EGEL are very varied: protection and management of coastal and marine heritage; fishing and aquaculture; study, management, restoration of fauna/flora/habitats; management of protected areas (MPAs, reserves, etc.); cartography, geomatics, GIS, database; mediation, awareness-raising, scientific animation; coastal risks (study, prevention); management, coastal development; animation, coordination of sea and coastal public policies; study, management, monitoring of water; energy (especially sustainable energy sources); tourism and sports activities, pollution and waste, etc. (non-exhaustive list).
The Master’s degree is made in co-accreditation between the UBO and l’Institut Agro Rennes-Angers (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.
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
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.
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: