M.Sc. : Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Marine Environment and Resources -MEREMMC-

University of the Basque Country | Bilbao, Spain
This EU Master of Science (MSc) in Marine Environment and Resources, acronym "MER MSc", is a Joint European MSc degree programme that has been developed by three leading European institutions and their associated research institutes in the field of marine environment and resources, with an on-going collaborative background worked out for years, and that represent three European countries (UK, Spain and France) whose present activities and historical background are intimately related to the sea, and more concretely to the Bay of Biscay, one of the most relevant marine areas in Europe.

Description of : Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Marine Environment and Resources -MEREMMC-


MER MSc is aimed to respond to challenges of the new European Marine Strategy Directive and the currently under application European Water Framework Directive, which refers to coastal and estuarine systems among other water resources. Thus, MER includes topics such as:

- Integrated coastal zone management

- Assessment of marine ecosystem health

- Protection and recovery of marine and estuary environments

- Operational oceanography systems

- Competitive and responsible fisheries management

- Fishing technology

MER MSc consists mainly of advanced courses (90 ECTS) and of a Master Thesis project (30 ECTS). Courses are offered in oceanography, marine science, coastal management, ecosystem health assessment, fisheries and marine pollution. The Master Thesis can be undertaken in Soton, UPV/EHU or UBx1; as well as in associated (Arcachon Marine Station -AMS, a part of UBX1-, Oceanographic Foundation of Gipuzkoa (OFG-, AZTI Tecnalia Foundation -AZTI-) and collaborating institutions (University of Cantabria -UCAN-, Spanish Institute of Oceanography at Santander -IEO-). Such links will enable students to work within on-going (pure and applied) research groups, which should stimulate them to continue their formation by achieving a PhD degree.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee Not specified
Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
  • Compulsory subject courses: 6 Credits ECTS
  • Optional subject courses: 84 Credits ECTS
  • Research Projects: 30 Credits ECTS
  • Total: 120 Credits ECTS
  • Marine Environment. Credits ECTS: 33
  • Marine Resources. Credits ECTS: 30
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content


  • Research in Marine Environment and Resources.


  • Degradation and Rehabilitation of Estuarine Ecosystems
  • Ecological Quality Assessment in Coastal Ecosystems
  • Ecotoxicity Bioassays in Aquatic Risk Assessment
  • Environmental Analytical Chemistry
  • Environmental data analysis
  • Environmental Genomics (Marine Genomics)
  • Eutrophication and Harmful Algae
  • Introduction to Research Activities
  • Fish Welfare and Seafood Quality
  • Fisheries Socio-Economics
  • Instrumentations and Measurements in Operational Oceanography
  • Marine Resource Genomics (Molecular Population Genetics of Fish and Shellfish)
  • Advanced Instrumental Analysis
  • Fish and Shellfish Reproduction and Endocrinology
  • Multicultural Integration in the EU
  • Satellite Oceanography and Meteorology

Requirements for : Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Marine Environment and Resources -MEREMMC-

The Master programme is open to holders of a first cycle higher education degree (Bachelor degree or equivalent) from European and non-European universities in the field of engineering, geosciences, oceanography or environmental sciences. Professional experience in coastal sciences, a solid background in mathematics at the undergraduate level and familiarity with computers is required. Candidates who do not hold any of the above qualifications, but who have relevant professional experience in the fields of coastal sciences, may also apply. Proof of proficiency in English or equivalent is also required of all students.
The complete documentation of the application includes:
- Application form to the programme;
- Documentation of proficiency in English;
- Clear statement of purpose (letter of motivation);
- Short CV including a list of scientific publications where applicable;
- Two letters of recommendation;
- Transcript of high school leaving exam;
- Transcript of B.Sc. degree or equivalent;
- Proof of professional experience in the field of coastal sciences;
- Documents on professional experiences, research or IT-Skills etc. (optional).

Work Experience for : Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Marine Environment and Resources -MEREMMC-

No work experience is required.

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