ISblue, Interdisciplinary Graduate School for the blue planet, is a new graduate school based in Western France which aims at attracting excellent international students, consolidating synergies between Universities (UBO, UBS) and engineering Schools (ENSTA Bretagne, ENIB, IMT Atlantique, École Navale), improving skills in Marine Sciences at international level and increasing involvement of researchers in graduate teaching. The core of the project is to promote new strategies for innovative training and to embed students into marine research work at early levels.

Interdisciplinarity is especially at the core of our project: two Master interdisciplinary Units of the IUEM Masters (“Enjeux et Problématiques” and “Science et Société”) are already supported by ISblue, favoring links and exchanges between students from different fields, creating elements of common culture and opening to scientific issues and societal challenges in Marine and Coastal Sciences.


Isblue partners offer marine-related master degrees in disciplines as diverse as physics, biology, geosciences, economics, law and mechanics. Such a variety of disciplines gathered within the same training program is unique in France.

All ISblue training courses are backed by research laboratories and partners (CNRS, IRD, Ifremer, SHOM, Cedre, CEREMA) and therefore offer the best teaching conditions to train future professionals who are experts in their disciplines and able to establish collaborations between natural sciences (ecology, geochemistry, geology, biology, chemistry, physics), engineering (naval mechanics, signal processing, artificial intelligence) and social sciences (geography, law, economy).

All tracks aim at training students as specialists, with strong skills relevant to one or two disciplines, but ISblue students will also be trained in exploring frontiers between disciplines. The number of study paths offered in English will grow during the next years.

ISblue supports international mobility for Masters. We offer grants for Master internships abroad.

In 2020 the ISblue training program includes the following Masters degrees:

Specialised Advanced Masters are also available (MSc):

Doctoral Schools

Most ISblue doctoral students are enrolled in the Marine and Costal science  doctoral school:

The Marine & Coastal Sciences Doctoral School (SML) is multidisciplinary and benefits from excellent research laboratories. The SML Doctoral School seeks to train experts in their fields who are able to carry out research within a multidisciplinary scientific setting. Hosted by and housed at the IUEM European University Institute for marine sciences, the SML Doctoral School contributes to build of a marine science culture open to the humanities and social sciences. In 2020, the school is hosting 265 PhD students, studying 21 separate specialisations at 38 research units, under the supervision of 228 accredited research directors . 

ISblue supports international mobility for Ph.D. international co-supervision, for Ph.D. students to participate in international workshop.

ISblue encourages interdisciplinarity by strenghtening links with two other doctoral schools, MathSTIC and SPI.

Innovative practices

ISblue promotes innovative pedagogical practices and supports the development of new pedagogical methods in order to promote a “learning society”: “Transforming the relationship to knowledge in the digital age implies a major change in teaching methods” and “Encourage students to become proactive in their own education and to develop pedagogical methods that support student engagement “.

Innovative training : e-learning

E-learning provides new opportunities for lifelong training. An example is the chemistry and ecology online course at the University of South Brittany.

ISblue will promote the creation of digital learning modules, each one containing various multimedia information and made available via the Moodle platform.

ISblue will also support the provision of educational resources for all students in the ISblue Community.

Field learning / Sea cruises

ISblue supports vocational and technical training in the field and on board.

The University at sea is organized on board the Marion Dufresne research vessel. Students participate in a scientific cruise and are directly involved in the operations on board (especially coring). They meet the staff on board, report on their activities and organize the scientific communication (daily talks). Here is the blog of the 2018 University at sea.

ISblue supports field trips to islands, at sea practice on the IUEM Research Vessel Albert Lucas, and field studies in famous geological settings such as Canaries Islands or Oman. ISblue supports science-society projects such as the organization of “tables rondes” with political and economical stakeholders.