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  • English

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

    Organization

    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

    Internships

    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.

    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.

    Career prospects

    • About half the students who follow a Research Masters in any specialty go on to do a Ph.D.
    • The other half go directly into the world of industry pursuing careers in various engineering roles.
    • Having completed the first year of the Masters program, one is eligible to apply to a french Engineering School, such as ENSTA Bretagne, ENSHMG, ENSHEIT, ENPC, ...

    Yearly calendar

    Classes start the first week of September and finish mid-March for the M2, and late June for M1. There are a three breaks: one week in fall, two weeks in winter and one week in spring.

    Detailed program, in the 3 specialties

    • Physics of the Ocean and Climate
    • Marine Geophysics
    • Naval Hydrodynamics

    Physics of the Ocean and Climate - Master 1

    • Fluids
    • Applied mathematics
    • Signal analysis: theory and practice
    • Numerical analysis
    • Measurements at sea
    • Introduction to ocean and atmosphere
    • Introduction to geophysical fluid dynamics
    • Projects
    • Language
    • Issues and challenges in Marine Sciences
    • Marine Sciences in Europe
    • Scientific programming
    • Scientific oral

    Physics of the Ocean and Climate - Master 2

    • Geophysical fluid dynamics
    • Descriptive oceanography
    • In situ observations
    • Languages
    • Job finding skills
    • Internship (from Mars to September)
    • Options (typically 5)
      • Theories of the ocean circulation
      • Climate dynamics and the carbon cycle
      • Instabilities, vortex and geostrophic turbulence
      • Coastal and estuary dynamics
      • Surface waves
      • Land and sea remote detection
      • Sediment dynamics
      • Numerical modeling of the ocean

    Marine Geophysics - Master 1

    • Mechanics of deformable media
    • Fluids
    • Applied mathematics
    • Signal analysis: theory and practice
    • Numerical analysis
    • Physics for the Earth Sciences
    • Earth's models
    • Measurements at sea
    • Project
    • Language
    • Issues and challenges in Marine Sciences
    • Marine Sciences in Europe
    • Scientific programming
    • Internship (2 months)

    Marine Geophysics - Master 2

    • Motions and deformations in the Earth
    • Earth potential fields
    • Marine seismic surveys (coastal and off-shore)
    • Geographics Information Systems
    • Language
    • Job finding skills
    • Options (2 or 3 from the list below)
      • Detection and monitoring of natural resources
      • Water cycle in the deep Earth
      • Land and sea remote detection
      • Sedimentary hydrodynamics
    • Internship (4 to 6 months)

    Naval Hydrodynamics - Master 1

    • Fluids
    • Applied mathematics
    • Signal analysis: theory and practice
    • Signal analysis: advanced course
    • Numerical analysis
    • Ship stability, ship architecture
    • Experimental techniques
    • Projects
    • Language
    • Issues and challenges in Marine Sciences
    • Marine Sciences in Europe
    • Scientific programming
    • Scientific oral

    Naval Hydrodynamics - Master 2

    • 3D Turbulence
    • Surface waves
    • Computational fluid dynamics
    • Resistance, propulsion and manoeuvrability
    • Ship stability
    • Hydrodynamics of lifting bodies
    • Advanced numerical methods
    • Language
    • Job finding skills
    • Business and companies culture
    • Internship (from March to September)

    France requirements for international students

    France propose a world-class higher education institutions in an international environment. The application process for international students is exactly the same as it is for french students but it's indispensable to contact with a platform “Etude in France” and the regional department of “Campus France” (a public institution in charge of promoting higher education and managing the reception and international mobility of students).

    Higher education is thus provided by two main types of institution: universities and "grandes écoles". «Grandes écoles» are the most reputable of the French education system. To win admission students get in by competitive examination, the institutions are relatively small, and classes in them small too. French universities are open to all “bacheliers”, or a student whom has passed their baccalaureate, and it's also easier to apply for the university program. 

    It is necessary to point out that the European local or an international student have to complete the application process in its entirety,  as well as submit all documentation at the time of submission so the procces suit to the ground for the students all over the world. Students are eligible for grants and other financial assistance from the governement to support study in France.


    Program requirements

    Bachelor's degree in physics, mechanics or applied mathematics.Get a visa:For UE Citizens: nothing to doFor citizens of one of those 31 countries:Algeria, Argentina, Benin, Burkina Faso, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Guinea, India, Japan, South Korea, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Senegal, Syria, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey , United States, Vietnam.You need to follow the Campus France procedure. This procedure will check that you are eligible to study in France.Note for citizens from one of those 31 countries:Algeria, Argentina, Benin, Burkina Faso, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Guinea, India, Japan, South Korea, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Senegal, Syria, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey , United States, Vietnam.You need to follow the Campus France procedure. This procedure will check that you are eligible to study in France.LanguagesImportant: Courses are mostly in English, and a B2 Level (European certification) is required.Note that for the Naval Hydrodynamics Specialty, an important part of the formation (about 40% of all courses) is in French (see detailed program). A B2 Level in French is therefore also required for this specialty.

    For European students, there is the ERASMUS program. For outside of the EU we have no funding to offer.

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