SML Master’s degree

Marine Sciences (Marine Physics)

This international speciality is co-accredited by IUEM at UBO and by ENSTA Bretagne. It aims at providing students the physical and dynamic properties of the marine environment and related engineering elements (ships in particular) knowledge. It includes 3 courses: Ocean and Climate Physics (POC), Marine Geophysics (GM) and Naval Hydrodynamics (HN). These 3 courses have a common block in M1: fluid and solid mechanics, applied mathematics, data analysis, numerical modelling… The specialisations 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 mention enables access to PhD training within the context of the PhD School of Marine and Coastal Sciences, as well as to jobs as design engineer in many regional, national or foreign companies. The Brittany context is indeed particularly developed for marine sciences and technologies.

We hope that a new course in Ocean Data Sciences will open at the start of the 2020 academic year as part of the Ocean Climate Physics course. Following this course and then studying one year of Marine Geomatics at ENSTA Bretagne ( depending on the admission file) will permit the access to the diploma from this major 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 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

Courses of study

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Ocean Physics and Climate

The course is based on the Laboratory of Physical and Spatial Oceanography (LOPS), the Laboratory of Marine Environmental Sciences (LEMAR), both IUEM research laboratories, the Hydrography, Oceanography and Meteorology Department of SHOM, the CEREMA Laboratory of Coastal Hydrodynamics. Career opportunities: research, teaching/research, design offices (impact of ocean circulation or extreme events on offshore structures, coastal erosion, marine ecology, exploitation of marine resources, or evolution of pollution slicks).

See the training file on the official UBO catalogue

Marine Geophysics

The course is based on the Ocean Geosciences Laboratory (LGO), which is a research unit, and the Ifremer Marine Geosciences Department. Career opportunities: research, teaching/research, research and development in the fields of marine energy, offshore/petroleum, marine mineral resources, and in design offices (sediment transport, coastal risks…).

See the training file on the official UBO catalogue

Naval Hydrodynamics

The course is based on the Dupuy de Lôme Research Institute (IRDL, FRE, Brest) and the Naval School Research Institute (IRENAV). Career opportunities: research, teaching-research, design offices and test centres, marine energy, architecture and shipbuilding.

See the training file on the official UBO catalogue

Ocean data science

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The speciality coordinator

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The M1 coordinator

Steven Herbette
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The M2 coordinators

  • Marine Geophysics course

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  • Naval Hydrodynamic course

Jean-Baptiste LEROUX
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  • Ocean Physics and Climate course

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