M.Sc. Marine Biology

University of Groningen

Application deadline: May 01, 2015
Tuition fee:
  • € 1,951 / Year (EEA)
  • € 13,600 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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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.

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


Specialisations / Tracks
* Policy and Management Variant (track)
* Research Variant (track)

2-year programme; credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.

Study abroad

* Study abroad is recommended
* For an average of 20 weeks
* Maximum of 60 EC


language test

* TOEFL: 237 computer based
* 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 Masters degree programme. The Board may decide that you have to take supplementary courses or follow a bridging programme before being admitted.
previous education A Bachelors degree in Biology including a major or specialization in Marine Biology or Ecology (with the courses: Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecosystems and Marine Biology).

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 92



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