An academic Bachelor's degree in any field of biological sciences. This includes, but is not restricted to, ecology, evolution, physiology, genetics, molecular biology, microbiology, theoretical biology and behavior.
Interested candidates with a background in other fields such as chemistry, physics, engineering, economics, or other cross disciplines will be considered/evaluated on a case by case basis. Students entering with no specific marine biological background will need to follow the set of Introductory Core Courses.
This Master's programme is research-focused. Candidates are therefore encouraged to have a strong quantitative background in, for example, analytical statistics, data processing, programming or other hard skills.
Months of entry
November, September, February
How does increasing temperatures affect whales and seals? How does overfishing influence marine food-webs? How do we restore and protect the Wadden Sea?
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, we offer plenty opportunities to receive a solid academic training in marine biological research. Together with your mentor (who will be a professor in marine biology) you can design your own study programme to fit your personal preferences.
Our flexible Master's degree programme is open for all students with a Bachelor's degree in Biology. We offer a number of mandatory master courses which are jointly taught by several research groups in Marine Biology at the University of Groningen, and in close co-operation with the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (Texel, Yerseke). In addition you can select a number of facultative courses which may be discipline oriented, geographically oriented, or (research) skills oriented.
The programme is strongly research oriented. You will conduct two research projects under the supervision of experienced researchers. The first projects will be executed at University of Groningen or NIOZ, the second project can be done anywhere in the world as long as it meets our academic standards. For example, our students have performed projects on the Great Barrier Reef, in the Wadden Sea, the Baltic, Mediterranean, up to the Antarctic.
Information for international students
English proficiency on VWO level is required.
Fees and funding
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Qualification and course duration
MSc by research
Course contact details
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