Research course (will run subject to approval)

Marine Biology

University of Groningen · University of Groningen
MSc by research

Entry requirements

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. Please note that the decision on international applications is taken at the discretion of the Admissions Board in all cases.

Months of entry


Course content

How does increasing temperatures affect whales and seals? How does the hole in the ozone layer affect plankton? How is biodiversity changing in the Wadden Sea?

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, 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. In 2015, we start the renewed Marine Biology Master program in Groningen. Note that it is possible to enroll in August.

The modernized program is open for all students with a bachelor in biology. It includes a number of newly developed 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). The programme is strongly research oriented. You will conduct research under the supervision of experienced scientists.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
€13,600 (non-EU/EEA students)

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Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

full time
24 months

Course contact details

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