M1 - First-year Master

The first semester is the same for all students and consists of fundamental oceanography teaching. It takes place entirely on the Paris campus and includes teaching common to the SDUEE training department (Sciences of the Universe, Environment, Ecology).

The second semester offers students the opportunity to begin specializing according to their personal preferences. It takes place on the Paris campus and at the marine stations, and ends with a short introductory research internship.

M1 - First-year Master


First semester (M1-S1)

  • Geographic Information Systems (3 ECTS)
  • Data Analysis 1 (3 ECTS)
  • Modeling (3 ECTS)
  • Major environmental issues (3 ECTS)
  • Foreign language : English, ... (3 ECTS)
  • Oceanography (6 ECTS)
  • Marine ecology (6 ECTS)
  • Biogeochemical processes at ocean interfaces (3 ECTS) or Biogeography and Ecoregionalization (3 ECTS)

Second semester (M1-S2)

  • Environmental law (3 ECTS)
  • Career guidance (3 ECTS)
  • 6 ECTS to choose from:
    • Ocean Dynamics (3 ECTS)
    • Concepts and practices in oceanography: environment (6 ECTS)
    • Biogeochemical Approaches to Marine Ecosystem Production (3 ECTS)
    • Functioning of Marine Ecosystems (3 ECTS)
  •  12 ECTS to choose from:
    • Concepts and practices in oceanography: biodiversity (6 ECTS)

    • Biology and Operational Taxonomy of Marine Organisms (6 ECTS)

    • Diversity and Ecology of Mediterranean Marine Organisms (6 ECTS)

    • Concepts and Practices in Oceanography: Ecology (6 ECTS)

    • Practices of Coastal Ecology (6 ECTS)

    • Functioning of Mediterranean Marine Ecosystems (6 ECTS)

  • Laboratory or company internship (2 months) (6 ECTS)


During the summer months, six summer courses are organized at marine stations. These courses, which are not part of the teaching program, enable students to complete their training in specific areas (taxonomy, statistics, scientific diving). They are taught in French or English (when non-French-speaking students attend).

  • Mediterranean Ecology (6 ECTS)
  • Marine fauna expertise (6 ECTS)
  • Marine biodiversity: flora expertise (6 ECTS)
  • Diversity and Ecology of Plankton in the Mediterranean (6 ECTS)
  • Exploring the marine microbial world: practical approaches (3 ECTS)
  • Multivariate Analysis for Marine Ecology (6 ECTS)