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MSc in Marine Biology

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 4 semesters
Cost for EU/EEA € 2143 ; non-EU/EEA € 17500

How does climate change affect whales and seals? How does overfishing influence marine food webs? How do we restore and protect the Wadden Sea?

The two-year selective Master's degree program in Marine Biology focuses on life in our planet's seas and oceans. Whether you are interested in biological oceanography, conservation of marine mammals, or coastal marine ecology, we offer plenty opportunities to receive a solid academic training in marine biological research. Together with your mentor (who will be a professor in marine biology) you can design your own study program to fit your personal preferences.

Our flexible Master's degree program is open for students with a Bachelor's degree in Biology. We offer a number of mandatory master courses that are jointly taught by several research institutes (GELIFES, ESRIG) at our university, all in close co-operation with the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ, Texel, Yerseke). In addition you can select a number of facultative courses which may be discipline, geographically, or (research) skills oriented.

The program is strongly research oriented. You will conduct two research projects under the supervision of experienced researchers. The first project will be executed at our university or at NIOZ, the second project can be done anywhere in the world as long as it meets our academic standards. For example, our students have performed projects on the Great Barrier Reef, in the Wadden Sea, the Baltic, Mediterranean, up to the polar regions.

This selective Master's program is designed for students who are able to keep up with the study pace of the cohort that starts in September. Students who would like start during the academic year and / or aim for a career that focuses on the business and policy side of science are referred to our Master’s program Biology. 

Structural components
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project

ISCED Categories

Conservation and environmental management
Physical and chemical oceanography