MSc Marine Biology

General information

Marine Biology belongs to the most attractive and fascinating disciplines within the natural sciences. It is also one of the most diverse disciplines. More than 70% of the Earth's surface are covered by oceans, and they play a crucial role especially for our climate. Only in the last 50 to 100 years the scientific and technological means have been developed to explore and study this vast ecosystem in detail. Marine biological research is of global socio-economic and political relevance.

  • 2-year full-time course with a high proportion of practical classes.
  • Qualification as Master of Science (M.Sc.).
  • Maximum of 20 study places per year.
  • Teaching in English language.
  • Training in state-of-the-art methodologies by leading research teams.
  • Specialisation according to personal interests with a wide choice of specialist courses.
  • Advanced courses in different university departments and associated research institutions.
  • Field trips, excursions or even the opportunity to participate in research expeditions.
  • Flexibility to take courses at universities abroad.

The 1st Term sets the scene for a successful qualification and academic career in Marine Biology by building up a sound theoretical background and introducing important concepts of Marine Biology and Ecology as well as the essential fundamentals of the neighbouring disciplines Marine Geosciences, Physical Oceanography, Marine Chemistry, and Marine Biogeochemistry. In this multidisciplinary approach, students will learn the importance of cross-disciplinary co-operation and exchange for successful state-of-the-art marine research. In addition, the first term offers the opportunity to improve Personal Capabilities and Skills, in particular with regard to scientific communication and writing. 
The core of the Marine Biology curriculum taught in the 2nd Term consists of courses in Marine Ecophysiology of micro-organisms, algae and animals as well as in Marine Ecology of plankton, benthos and fish. Special focus is also given to applied aspects such as fisheries biology and aquaculture. The high proportion of practical classes offers hands-on training in different fields of Marine Biology. Students have the opportunity to exercise their skills during a field trip to the Island of Helgoland in the central North Sea and other excursions or even to join an expedition cruise on board of a research vessel.
During the 3rd Term, students will intensify their studies according to their own interests and intentions. They may choose a series of seven advanced specialist courses in Marine Biology from a wide spectrum of topics on offer. Besides the University of Bremen itself, the associated world-class marine research institutions in the Federal State of Bremen, including AWI, ZMT, and MPI, contribute to this unique choice of study opportunities. Students will be integrated in different research teams (lab rotation) and work on burning issues of current marine research, providing them with first-hand experience of scientific work and proficiency in state-of-the-art methodologies. Alternatively, the flexible structure of the third term enables students to take courses and continue their studies at a university abroad. At the end of the term, students will develop and defend a proposal for their own research project, which may directly lead to the Master Thesis in the 4th and final Term. The thesis can be prepared either at a marine biological department of the University of Bremen or at one of the associated marine research institutions.

Learning outcome:

The M.Sc. programme Marine Biology is strongly research-orientated. The graduates are trained to develop hypotheses-driven research concepts and to design appropriate experimental approaches in order to answer profound questions related to the large field of marine ecosystem and organism functioning and of potential impacts of local, regional and global environmental change.

Teaching of the M.Sc. programme Marine Biology at the University of Bremen follows a unique concept. The University has very close ties and intense co-operations with several world-class marine research institutions located in the Federal State of Bremen. Most heads of departments and many principal investigators at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), and at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology (MPI) are at the same time ordinary professors at the University of Bremen and contribute to teaching the M.Sc. programme Marine Biology.

Many courses are actually taught in the laboratories and facilities of the institutes benefiting from cutting-edge research infrastructure and first-hand contact to leading experts. This unique context sets the scene for direct links from current state of research to academic training.

Objective:

Subsequent non-teaching occupational fields

Graduates may continue their academic career as a Ph.D. student at the University of Bremen or at one of the associated research institutions. Employment opportunities for Marine Biologists exist in research and development, in the fishing and aquaculture industry as well as in the environmental conservation and management sector at governmental agencies or within NGOs and IGOs. Marine biologists also work at museums, zoological gardens, and aquaria. Additional employment opportunities for marine biologists include adjacent fields such as media (i.e. scientific journalism), eco-consulting, environmental impact assessments, and eco-tourism business. Marine biologists are also imployed in the commercial and industrial sector, for instance for “Blue Biotechnology”, coastal zone management and the sustainable use of marine resources.

Possibilities for additional qualifications

Graduates qualify for admission to doctoral studies.

The University of Bremen and the associated research institutions offer a variety of opportunities to continue an academic career as Ph.D. candidate.

Employment opportunities for Marine Biologists exist worldwide at institutions committed to research and development, in the fishing and aquaculture industry as well as in the environmental conservation and management sector at governmental agencies or within NGOs and IGOs. Marine biologists also work at museums, zoological gardens, and aquaria. Additional employment opportunities for marine biologists include adjacent fields such as media (i.e. scientific journalism), eco-consulting, environmental impact assessments, and eco-tourism business. Marine biologists are also employed in the commercial and industrial sector, for instance for "Blue Biotechnology", coastal zone management and the sustainable use of marine resources.

Contact Person: Dr. Holger Auel (hauel@uni-bremen.de)

Content

The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0511 - Biology", "0512 - Biotechnology", "0521 - Ecology", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management", "0532 - Marine Geology", "0831 - Fisheries

Venue

Venue: University of Bremen
Bremen, Germany

Application

Open from
1 Feb 2019 to 30 Apr 2019

Cost:

Semester fee 349,12 € 


Prerequisites:

Admission Criteria

  • Applicants must hold a Bachelor (B.Sc.) degree in biology, ecology, environmental sciences, oceanography or a closely related discipline
  • with an overall grade of at least 2.5 according to the German grading scheme, in which 1.0 equals "excellent", 2.0 "good", 3.0 "satisfactory", 4.0 "sufficient", and 5.0 "fail". Grades from international applicants will be converted to the German grading scheme by the university administration. 
  • Fluency in English is required according to level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and must be proven for instance by a UniCERT III certificate or a IELTS score of at least 6.5, or a Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE).

Application Procedure:

The M.Sc. programme Marine Biology only offers one entry per year, always in October for the start of the winter term. The application deadline is April, 30th for start in the following October.

Applications may (and should) already be submitted before the previous study degree (i.e. usually B.Sc.) has been finished, if at least 135 ECTS have been obtained, equivalent to the work load of 4.5 semesters. In those cases, admission can be granted on the condition that the previous degree will be successfully finished by September, 30th.

Applicants must apply via the central Online Application Portal of the University of Bremen. The Online Application Form will be active from mid-January onwards. Your application will include a Curriculum Vitae, Letter of Motivation in English language, Transcript of Study Records of your B.Sc. studies indicating the curriculum, study efforts (ECTS or hours of study) and grades, proof of sufficient English language skills, and any additional documents of relevant qualifications, such as internships or academic awards. You must upload all requested documents as pdf files. Do not send any application documents by mail! Only those candidates, who are actually admitted to the study programme, will have to submit hard copies of their application package at a later stage. They will be asked explicitly to do so by the Secretariat for Students International (SfS-I). Please address all queries regarding the formal application procedure to SfS-I (Email: apply@uni-bremen.de ).

Qualification

Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

Credits:
Scheme: 
ECTS
Value: 
120
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