Marine Environment and Resources, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #401 (ARWU) ,
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. 


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.

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.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Research in Marine Environment and Resources
  • Advanced Marine Zoology
  • Biochemistry, Physiology and Production of Marine Animals
  • Cellular and Molecular Biomarkers
  • Deep Sea Ecology
  • Degradation and Rehabilitation of Estuarine Ecosystems
  • Ecological Quality Assessment in Coastal Ecosystems
  • Ecotoxicity Bioassays in Aquatic Risk Assessment
  • Ecotoxicology and Biodegradation of Marine Pollutants
  • Environmental Analytical Chemistry
  • Environmental Data Analysis
  • Environmental Genomics (Marine Genomics)
  • Eutrophication and Harmful Algae
  • Fish Welfare and Seafood Quality
  • Fisheries Socio-Economics
  • Functional and Molecular Marine Microbiology
  • Instrumentations and Measurements in Operational Oceanography
  • Introduction to Research Activities
  • Marine Resource Genomics (Molecular Population Genetics of Fish and Shellfish)
  • Microfossils, Environment and Time
  • Sustainable Fisheries Management
  • Threats to Marine Mammals
  • Zooplankton Ecology and Processes
  • Advanced Instrumental Analysis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • 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:


    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.

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    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).

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    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

The Master programme is open to hoders 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 cosastal 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 profiency in English or equivalent is also required of all students.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1640 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1640 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1640 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1640 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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  • First-time enrolment fee: 27,34 € per credit

Living costs for Bilbao

  • 800 - 1300 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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