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One Ocean Summit University

The city of Brest has been chosen to host, from February 9 to 11, 2022, an international summit dedicated to the protection of the ocean, the One Ocean Summit. This event, organized within the framework of the French presidency of the European Union, will be the occasion for forums and workshops of world experts in the field and will close with a meeting of high-ranking political leaders. The workshops are expected to produce calls for action and the summit will make commitments to strengthen international ocean governance.
At the request of Olivier Poivre d’Arvor, French ambassador of the poles and maritime issues in charge of the organization of the summit, the Brest University (UBO) is taking the initiative to mobilize its cooperating networks for a contribution of young researchers to One Ocean Summit. This initiative is included in the official program of the summit under the name of One Ocean Summit University. It is structured around three key moments:

  • upstream, a pool of young international researchers in marine sciences will be formed and consulted on the maritime issues addressed at the One Ocean Summit;
  • the summaries of this work and recommendations will be represented at the event in Brest by ambassadors of the One Ocean Summit University;
  • then downstream, this pool of young people will be able to continue the dynamic as a global think tank.

In order to fulfill this ambition, a compilation of the different contacts throughout UBO’s networks and on-going projects has already started. Following its creation, this set of network contacts will form a “convention” of young international researchers (students or professional) that will be led by the project team.

The objective here is to use a participatory approach to synthesize the broad the expertise and dynamics represented by the One Ocean Summit University in order to articulate common themes regarding the issues of research and research training in the context of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. The goal is to produce actionable recommendations and a call for actions.

These recommendations will be presented in the thematic workshops of the One Ocean Summit by a panel of ambassadors of the One Ocean Summit University.

Following the meeting, UBO will work to ensure that this group of young researchers continues this work and take part in various initiatives and international meetings such as the United Nations Ocean Conference to be held in Lisbon from June 27 to July 1, 2022.


You want to join the One Ocean Summit University?

  • Check the topics of the One Ocean Summit workshops and select one you want to contribute to,
  • Contact the project team and be ready to contribute,
  • Join a group of young researchers at your place or with your international network to produce your contribution to the One Ocean Summit.

Organizing team

  • Yves-Marie Paulet, European Marine Board Member, Brest University Vice-chair for Marine Science (UBO), European Institute for Marine Studies (IUEM), France
  • Denis Bailly, coordinator of the Ocean University Initiative, Brest University, European Institute for Marine Studies (IUEM), Brest University (UBO), France
  • Romain Le Moal, One Ocean Summit University officer

Applications for the SML 2020-2021 Master’s Degree


The SML Master‘s application campaign will begin in April, according to a calendar specific to each course, which can be consulted on the Ecandidat application site, under the heading “Training offer”.

To find out more, go to the “Practical information” section at the bottom of the SML Master’s page.

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Earth, Planet and Environmental Sciences


SML Master’s degree

Earth, Planet and Environmental Sciences

We offer training in geosciences, coastal and marine environment professions through the research unit of the Ocean Geosciences Laboratory based in Plouzané (IUEM, UBO) and Vannes (UBS), in close collaboration with the IFREMER Marine Geosciences Institute.

The expertise of these two units covers a wide range of topics: from coastal dynamics to the evolution of the Earth’s mantle, including the dynamics of rifts, margins, ridges and sediment, paleo-climatic and paleo-environmental recording.  The work is based on a multidisciplinary and multiproxy approach based on instrumental poles: ocean spectrometry pole – instrumental pole in geophysics – pole in sedimentology/micropaleontology/palynology.

The strong points of this mention are the numerous land and sea sites carried out throughout the training, the intervention of high-level researchers from both institutes, the possibility of research internships, among other possibilities, within IUEM, IFREMER or SHOM.

Course of study

Ocean Geoscience (GO)

The Ocean Geoscience course of study is strongly linked to the eponymous laboratory. The graduates of this master’s degree will be able to develop and design research projects, provide expertise and consulting activities within public or private structures in the fields of geosciences and, in particular, marine geosciences. This master’s degree allows students to pursue a doctorate in marine geosciences, particularly in the following fields: margins, ridges, rifts, mineral resources, sedimentology, paleoenvironments, paleo-climates, marine geochemistry.

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Coastal and Coastal Resource Engineering and Management (IGRECL)

The IGREC course clearly aims at a non-academic professional integration in the management of coastal and coastal resources among SMEs in the sector, local authorities and large groups whose work affects these environments. At the end of this course, students will have multidisciplinary skills in the management and exploitation of mineral and biological resources, with an understanding of the concepts of risk and vulnerability. These skills will enable them to adapt, anticipate and respond to coastal spatial planning strategies taking into account the European legal and socio-economic framework.

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Educational software

Since December 2018, UBO’s STU (Earth and Universe Sciences) courses have had free access to PETROLEUM EXPERTS’ MOVE software suite, under an agreement signed between the UBO’s Earth Sciences Department and this company. The commercial equivalent of this donation of the MOVE software suite is £1,308,000.00.

This software is the most complete structural geology analysis and modeling “toolbox” available. It provides a complete digital environment to report in 3 dimensions on geological properties and characteristics by reducing the risks and uncertainties of geological models. It is a platform for the integration and interpretation of geophysical data, section construction, 3D model construction, kinematic restoration and validation, geo-mechanical modeling, fracture modeling, fault role modeling and analysis of the relationships between faults and tectonic constraints.

The Earth Sciences Department and the University of Brest (UBO) sincerely thank PETROLEUM EXPERTS Limited for their donation for the free use of the MOVE software suite. This tool will allow us to train our students in Licence 3 (at the UFR Sciences et Techniques du Bouguen) and in Master 1 and 2 (at the IUEM, Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer) to use in the classroom this professional software commonly used in design offices, consulting firms and large geoscience companies working on geological reservoirs. For doctoral students, the databases at their disposal (most often bathymetric data and dense seismic reflection profiles) can thus be significantly enhanced according to the objectives of their thesis work.

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UBO’s Earth Sciences learning path benefit from the free availability of the Kingdom Suite Software distributed by IHS Markit through the University Grant Program, which is updated every year since 2008.

Kingdom Suite software is a worldwide reference for 2D and 3D seismic interpretation and allows the integration of geophysical and geological data offering a wide variety of uses in fundamental and applied research. The software is used in the classroom for Master’s degree courses in Ocean Geosciences and Coastal Resource Engineering and Management. It is also used during sea teaching campaigns and for projects conducted individually by doctoral students at the Ocean Geosciences Laboratory.

The Department of Earth Sciences and the University of Brest (UBO) sincerely thank IHS Markit for the accreditation they have received for the free use of the Kingdom Suite software.

Free and Open Source Geographic Information System

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Programming language for technical calculation, paid software, license acquired at the Laboratory.

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Technical calculation programming language, free numerical calculation software comparable to MATLAB.

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Specilization coordinaor :

Christine AUTHEMAYOU (Send an email)

GO learning path:

M1 : Aurélie PENAUD (Send an email)

M2 : Christine AUTHEMAYOU (Send an email)

IGRECL learning path :

Evelyne GOUBERT (Send an email)



SML Master’s degree


This international specialty is co-accredited by IUEM to UBO and by ENSTA Bretagne. It aims to provide students with knowledge of the physical and dynamic properties of the marine environment and related engineering elements (especially ships). It has 3 courses: Ocean and Climate Physics (POC), Marine Geophysics (GM) and Naval Hydrodynamics (HN). These 3 paths have a common block in M1: fluid mechanics, solids, applied mathematics, data analysis, numerical modelling… The specializations for each course are more important in M2. The training is based on long academic or industrial research internships at the end of M2.

This specialty allows access to doctoral training within the framework of the UBL Doctoral School of Marine and Coastal Sciences, as well as to jobs as a research engineer in many regional, national or foreign companies. The context in Brest is particularly developed for marine science and technology.

We hope that a new Ocean Data Sciences training path will open in September 2019, as part of the Ocean Physics and Climate course, and then in 2020 independently. Following this course and then doing a year of Marine Geomatics at ENSTA Bretagne (subject to admission on file) will open the way to the diploma of this great Engineering School.

The Marine Physics/Marine Sciences program in cooperation with graduate engineering schools in Brest, is international and taught essentially in English (see the site http://formations.univ-brest.fr/fr/index.html for more information). 

The program focuses on the physics of the sea (POC specialty), of the Earth particularly under the sea (GM specialty) and of ships and naval structures (HN specialty). In M1 the common scientific basics (Fluid and solid mechanics, applied maths, numerical analysis) are taught. In M2, the specific knowledge of each specialty is taught. Projects and internships are essential in the program. Relation with research centres and with private companies are central to research training.

We hope that a new specialty Ocean Data Science will open in September 2019 in the context of the specialty Ocean Physics and Climate and as an independent specialty (still under Marine Physics/Marine Sciences) in September 2020.

Attending and validating this specialty and then validating the (one-year) specialty Marine Geomatics (provided the results of the M2 are good) would lead to obtaining the Engineering Degree of ENSTA Bretagne.

More precise information in English about our program and how to apply can be obtained with contacting Master.Marphys@univ-brest.fr

Course of study

Ocean Physics and Climate

The course is based on the Laboratory of Physical and Spatial Oceanography (LOPS), the Laboratory of the Marine Environment (LEMAR), both of the IUEM UMRs, the Hydrography, Oceanography and Meteorology department of SHOM, the Laboratory of Coastal Hydrodynamics of CEREMA.

Opportunities: research, teaching and research, consulting firms (impact of ocean circulation, or extreme events on offshore structures, coastal erosion, marine ecology, exploitation of marine resources, or changes in pollution levels).

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Marine Geophysics

The course is based on the Ocean Geosciences Laboratory (LGO), which is a research unit, and the Marine Geosciences Department of IFREMER.

Opportunities: research, teaching and research, research and development in the fields of marine energies, offshore / petroleum, marine mineral resources, and in design offices (sedimentary transport, coastal risks…).

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Naval Hydrodynamics

The learning path is based on the Dupuy de Lôme Research Institute (IRDL, FRE, Brest) and the Institut de Recherche de l’École Navale (IRENAV).

Opportunities: research, teaching and research, design offices and test centres, marine energies, architecture and shipbuilding.

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The speciality coordinator

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The M1 coordinator

Guillaume ROULLET
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The M2 coordinators

  • Marine Geophysics learning path

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  • Naval Hydrodynamic learning path

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  • Ocean Physics and Climate learning path

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Environmental management


SML Master’s degree

environmental management

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).

See the detailed training file on the official UBO catalogue


Spaces and Maritime Activities Law


SML Master’s degree

Spaces and Maritime Activities Law

The courses taught in the Master’s programme are based on the research activities of the AMURE laboratory, whose three research areas are:

  • Blue Economy
  • Appropriation and responsibility
  • Socio-ecosystem and territory

The aim of the course is to train high-level lawyers specialising in the law of the sea, the coastline and maritime activities.

The second year of the course is open to work-study contracts or apprenticeship contracts. Most of the teaching takes place at the UFR Droit et sciences économiques 12 rue de Kergoat in Brest.

There are many professional opportunities after completing this course. Graduates can work in the fields of insurance, banking and the sectors of activity covered by all operators (private or public companies) in the maritime sector; in the field of legal advice, studies and expertise; in professional and trade union organisations, maritime social benefit organisations, maritime cooperatives; in the territorial or national internal administration and the Community administration.

They can work as company lawyers or consultants (experts, lawyers after passing competitive examinations); as lawyers in ports, in the fields of renewable energy at sea, maritime and port safety, maritime works, shipbuilders; as project or contract managers (risk management in companies, contract managers in insurance); as agents or brokers (insurance); as project managers or managers in representative or public bodies (e.g. regional fisheries committee, natural marine parks); as legal advisors in the maritime sector (e.g. in the maritime sector); administrative lawyer (after competitive examination) in the State or territorial civil service or in the European institutions.

Course of study

DEAM – Spaces and Maritime Activities Law

The Master’s degree DEAM is one of the eight Masters in the field of “Marine and Coastal Sciences” of the IUEM.

The objective of the course is to train professionals who can be in charge of detecting, analysing and dealing with legal problems relating to the various fields of maritime activities and the law of the sea. They are able to draw up documents for litigation cases, following up on contentious cases, defining, designing and drafting useful documents, legal acts and regulations.

Created more than 40 years ago, this Master’s degree is today recognised as a training of excellence in the field of maritime law and activities. The course is supported by a large network of alumni who put their experience at the service of students (conferences, training). This network also facilitates the search for internships, work-study programmes and the professional integration of young graduates.

See the training file on the official UBO catalogue


Marine Environmental Chemistry


SML Master’s degree

Marine Environmental Chemistry

Within IUEM, this specialty is linked to the Marine Environmental Sciences Laboratory (LEMAR/UBO-CNRS-IRD-Ifremer) and the Ocean Geosciences Laboratory (LGO/UBO-CNRS-Ifremer-UBS). Both laboratories include about fifty teachers-researchers and researchers likely to participate in teaching and/or offer internships to students.
This Master’s degree in Marine and Coastal Sciences prepares young scientists for a PhD with a strong background in marine and analytical chemistry. It also enables graduates to enter an engineering school program or to work directly.
The professions targeted following the training are diverse: teacher-researcher in higher education, researcher in research organisms, senior environmental executive, expert for state services, project manager for local authorities…
The professional environments that welcome these new graduates are universities, research centres, chemical and/or environmental consulting firms, chemical analysis and quality control laboratories, and public service organizations.

Course of study

Marine Environmental Chemistry

Following this course, the graduate:

  • has a strong background in theoretical and applied chemistry and masters the fundamental concepts of marine chemistry.
  • has specific knowledge in marine biology, physical oceanography and marine geosciences that enable to approach the plurality of mechanisms that govern the functioning of marine ecosystems.
  • has the ability to use and interpret results from modern analytical techniques (Mass Spectrometry, ICP-MS, GC, HPLC, spectroscopy, electrochemical techniques)
  • is able to develop an autonomous scientific approach aimed at responding to an environmental problematic (state of an ecosystem, prediction of its evolution) by implementing on-site sampling techniques, experimental laboratory protocols and by interpreting the data obtained.
  • has a capacity to synthesize written and oral scientific documents.

See the training file on the official UBO catalogue


SML Masters degrees

SML Masters programme

Marine and coastal sciences

A unique set of Masters degrees in France

The grouping of 8 master’s degrees in the single coherent area of Marine and Coastal Sciences is unique in France. According to its disciplinary fields, each program covers different aspects of Marine and Coastal Sciences: Biotechnology, Biology, Environmental Management, Applied Economics, Law of Maritime Spaces and Activities, Earth, Planet and Environmental Sciences, Marine Environmental Chemistry, Physics. The programs are backed by the research laboratories of the IUEM and its partners (CNRS, IRD, Ifremer, SHOM, Cedre, CEREMA, ENSTA, IMT Atlantique, ENIB, Ecole Navale). They offer the best teaching conditions to train the future professionals who will be experts in their disciplines and capable of establishing collaborations between natural sciences (ecologists, geochemists, biologists and geologists) and society (geographers, lawyers, economists). The programs are fully integrated in the ISBlue graduate school.

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The SML Master’s degree focuses on interdisciplinarity in the field of Marine Sciences, but also on internationalisation by welcoming international students, supporting incoming and outgoing mobility and specific actions.

Professional integration

The SML Master’s degree implements actions to help the professional integration of its students.

Continuing education

The SML Master’s degree offers the framework for continuing education “at sea” from UBO to IUEM and offers a complete catalogue.

Practical information

Comment postuler ?

Most learning paths use the application site E-candidat. You can already create your candidate profile there. Applications will be available in April, according to a schedule specific to each learning path.

Diploma withdrawal

Have you been a student at the IUEM, have you graduated but have never withdrawn your diploma? No problem, just fill out this form and you can pick it up at your convenience.

document transfer

To request the transfer of your educational documents to another university, follow this link.

Your request will be processed as soon as possible.


Training at the IUEM

Continuing education

The SML Master’s degree offers, at the IUEM, the framework for UBO’s continuing education on marine topics and offers a complete catalogue.