How does the hole in the ozone layer affect plankton? How is biodiversity changing in the Wadden Sea? How are populations of marine organisms connected over vast spatial scales?
Why do corals expel their algal symbionts? How are the oceans responding to climate change? In answering such questions, the two-year Master's degree programme in Marine Biology focuses on life in our planet's seas and oceans. Whether you are interested in biological oceanography or coastal marine ecology, there are plenty of opportunities: you can design your own study programme to fit your personal preferences.
The programme is strongly research oriented. You will conduct research under the supervision of experienced scientists, do projects on the level of cells, organisms, and populations. It is possible to do fieldwork, like studying species interactions in the Wadden Sea or researching population dynamics of krill in the Antarctic. Lab work is a possibility as well, such as studying the influence of ultraviolet radiation on plankton.
The programme is jointly taught by several research groups in Marine Biology at the University of Groningen in co-operation with our partner institutions: the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, the Centre for Estuarine and Marine Ecology, and the Institute for Fisheries Research.
2-year programme; credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.
matching procedure The Admissions Board will decide whether you can be admitted to the Masterís degree programme. The Board may decide that you have to take supplementary courses or follow a bridging programme before being admitted.
previous education A Bachelorís degree in Biology including a major or specialization in Marine Biology or Ecology (with the courses: Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecosystems and Marine Biology).
No work experience is required.
Accredited by the Dutch Government
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