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Marine and Coastal Sciences - Marine Physics, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #753 (BCR) ,
The “Marine and Coastal Sciences” Master’s Degree was established in 2004 by the Ministry of Higher Education. This course, the only one of its kind in France, fulfils the need for education to support the development of French expertise in the area of marine and coastal environmental science.


We offer training in seven dual-purpose professional and research specialties. While providing high level education in each subject field, our course also prepares future graduates for the collaboration now needed between natural sciences (ecologists, geochemists, biologists and geologists) and social sciences (geographers, lawyers, economists) in the world of work.

The Marine and Coastal Sciences Master’s Degree is taught at the Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer (IUEM) [European Institute of Marine Science], itself a department of the Université de Bretagne Occidentale (UBO). IUEM thus has direct access to UBO’s numerous research laboratories. The Master’s degree has been designed to take an interdisciplinary approach to the themes of Ocean Sciences, internationalization and employability.

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

Programme Structure

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
    • Partially taught in French
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Bachelor in either Physics, Mechanics or Applied Mathematics.
  • For the specialty Naval Hydrodynamics, a B2 level in French is required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 500 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 500 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

    Higher education at University is subsidized in France. Tuition fees are around 500€/yr and include health coverage.

    Living costs for Brest

    • 500 - 600 EUR/month
      Living Costs

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