International Master of Science in Marine Biological Resources (IMBRSea)

General information

The International Master in Marine Biological Resources (IMBRSea), is a joint Master programme organized by eight leading European universities in the field of marine sciences; Ghent University (BE), University of Pierre and Marie Curie (FR), University of the Algarve (PT), University of Oviedo (ES), Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (IE), University of the Basque Country (ES), Polytechnic University of Marche (IT), and University of Bergen (NO), supported by fourteen Marine Research Institutes belonging to the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC). Based on the objectives of the EMBRC consortium, IMBRSea covers a wide, yet consistent, range of subjects related to the sustainable use of marine biological resources. With an emphasis on marine biological and ecological processes, the programme links biology of marine organisms and environmental studies with subjects in marine policy and planning. 

IMBRSea aims to prepare students for the rapidly evolving demands of the blue bio-economy and research on the sustainable use of marine biological resources. The international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral nature of these challenges demands the integrated approach which IMBRSea fully encompasses.

Learning outcome:

IMBRSea covers a wide, yet consistent, range of subjects within the marine sciences and biological resources. With an emphasis on marine biological and ecological processes, the programme links biology of marine organisms and environmental studies with subjects in marine policy and planning.

The subjects are covered through Thematic Modules in Specialization Tracks to prepare the next generation of scientists who need to understand the marine ecosystem functioning and conservation of biodiversity to work in biological resources exploitation and management. IMBRSea offers a unique combination of Courses, Annual Symposia, Professional Practices and Thesis subjects in an integrated program to learn how to develop blue biotechnologies in a sustainable way.


Contact Person: Dr. Tim Deprez (Programme coordinator) (


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

0031 - Project management", "0031- Personal skills and communication", "0312 - Policy and governance", "0421 - Marine and maritime law", "0511 - Biology", "0512 - Biotechnology", "0512 - Toxicology", "0521 - Ecology", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography", "0542 - Statistics", "0588 - Scientific modelling", "0731 - Marine spatial planning", "0831 - Aquaculture", "0831 - Fisheries", "1015 - Coastal and marine tourism


Venue: Ghent University (Coordinator)
Ghent, Belgium

Year 1 Universities: Ghent University, University of Algarve, Pierre and Marie Curie University, University of Oviedo, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, University of the Bask Country, Marche Polytechnic University

Year 2 Universities: University of Algarve, University of Bergen, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, Pierre and Marie Curie University


Open from
1 Nov 2018 to 1 Mar 2019

Click here to apply:


IMBRSea Participation Cost

The IMBRSea Consortium have made an agreement to organise the master programme in a way that fees for students that participate on a self-funding basis are kept as low as possible. A reduction of €1000 euro per student per year to the actual participation costs was applied resulting in the following fees:

  • €3500 per year for European citizens
  • €4500 per year for non-European citizens

The annual tuition fees cover:

  • Enrolment and tuition costs at universities of study
  • Joint School costs: food, accommodation and a compensation for transport
  • Annual Symposium costs: food, accommodation



Educational background

A prerequisite for admission is that applicants have a Bachelor (or Master) degree in biology, ecology, environmental sciences, oceanography, marine sciences, geography, geology, or other equivalent degrees with minimum 180 credits at the latest before Sep 1st 2019.

Language Requirements

Knowledge of the English language is considered as a basic requirement. All students must provide evidence of their proficiency in English through one of the following documents:

  • A recent TOEFL Certificate: minimum score: 87 points (internet based)
  • A recent IELTS Certificate: minimum score: 6.5
  • A recent Certificate of a University Language Centre testifying that the student masters the necessary knowledge of English to function academically (specify CEF-level / minimum CEF-level B2) 
  • A recent Cambridge English certificate: Cambridge English First (FCE) - grade A or B 
  • A certificate proving that you have followed at least 1 year of higher education in English

Application Procedure:

Application for the IMBRSea master programme is carried out through an online form by completing the following steps:

  • Step 1: Preparing for IMBRSea
  • Step 2: make an IMBRSea personal account in the IMBRSea application tool 
  • Step 3: enter all required data in the IMBRSea application tool 
    • personal data
    • study overview
    • language skills
    • motivation
  • Step 4: submit the IMBRSea application to the IMBRSea coordination office before March, 1st 2019 (4 pm CET). Exceptionally EU-students can apply until May 1st 2019. however it is not possible to apply for an Erasmus Scholarship after March 1st 2019.
  • Step 5: send legalised documents to IMBRSea coordination office (Belgium). All info on legalised documents can be found here

Important dates

  • Feedback on academic eligibility and notification of scholarship selection results: 1 month after application deadline
  • If admitted to the programme, send legalized documents to IMBRSea coordination office before:
    • for students (non-EU): 15th of May 2019
    • for all EU-students: 1st of June 2019
  • For self-funded students: deadline payment tuition fee is 1st of August 2019 (Students who haven't paid by the deadline of 1st of August will be considered as dropouts.)

Grant Opportunities:

Scholarships are available for both EU and non-EU students: more info


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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