University of the Basque Country

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Partnership: Joint
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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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.


he 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).

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550

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