Marine Sciences is a two-year English-taught Master’s programme that includes both lecture courses and research, awarding a total of 120 points in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The programme combines multidisciplinary courses with a wide range of elective courses in marine topics in the core disciplines of physics, chemistry, biology, and earth sciences.

Detailed information about courses



The first year is devoted to course work, while the second year is primarily spent conducting independent research and/or a traineeship.

In the courses you will study a wide range of subjects, i.e. from marine microbes, to geochemistry and ocean circulation, to past ocean reconstructions. You will examine the potential ecological consequences of major stressors of the marine environment, warming, acidification and anoxia in past, present and future oceans. Moreover, possible legal conflicts of issues such as energy and climate change, mining, pollution, the flow of traffic at sea, fisheries policies and coastal defences are treated. You will approach these complicated societal issues from various perspectives and study their interactions and relationships with physical, chemical, biological and geological processes. The courses, which focus on both knowledge and academic skills, will lead to a holistic vision on our changing seas and oceans.

Independent research (Master's thesis)

During your independent research you work on an individual project. This includes reading relevant literature to formulate research questions and hypotheses, planning and performing the research, and presenting the work in a Master’s thesis and an oral presentation.

Traineeship/guided research

Next to your independent major research project, you may choose to carry out a minor research project or one of the following options:

  • Traineeship: a traineeship offers on-site training at another research institute, an industry, consultancy firm or governmental organisation. As such, the traineeship prepares you for your career after graduation.
  • Guided research: this can include various research and learning activities such as small research projects, as well as attending summer schools, seminars, workshops and complementary courses.

Educational methods

  • Course work
  • Field research
  • Independent Research
  • Traineeship/guided research