Marine Biology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    14200
    Tuition (Year)
    2006
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #80 ,
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, conservation of marine mammals, or coastal marine ecology, there are plenty of opportunities: you can design your own study programme to fit your personal preferences.

About

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 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.
  • Wadden Sea nearby: unique in the world (on UNESCO World Heritage list)
  • Research projects on the level of cells, organisms, populations in seas and oceans
  • In cooperation with Dutch national research institutes on marine life

Job perspectives

  • About one third of the graduates continue in academic research with the pursuit of their PhD degree in The Netherlands or abroad.
  • About one third of the graduates continue in various kinds of research and management related to fisheries and coastal zone management.
  • About one third of the graduates work in the public sector, for example in journalism, teaching or communication.

Job examples

  • PhD research position
  • Research and Management related to marine biology
  • Work in the public sector

Accreditation

Accredited by the Dutch Government

Programme Structure

Programme options

  • Science, Business & Policy (profile)
  • Interested in the business side of science? You can combine this Master's programme with the Science Business & Policy profile. The SBP profile includes a six-month internship as a scientific advisor.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

language test

  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - CAE (Certificate of Advanced English)
  • English language test ± University of Groningen Language Center ± section scores C2 or C1 and one section score B2.
  • With the exception of students whose native language is English.

matching procedure

  • The Admissions Board will decide whether you can be admitted to the Master’s degree programme. The Board may decide that you have to take supplementary courses or follow a bridging programme before being admitted.
previous education
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Biology including a major or specialization in Marine Biology or Ecology (with the courses: Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecosystems and Marine Biology).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 14200 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA

Funding

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.