''I joined a research cruise on the Atlantic Ocean and have learnt to study the marine realm through different disciplines''
After I got my Bachelor’s degree, I faced a problem: I had to choose between the various Master’s programmes but found almost everything equally interesting! After some research I realised that with Marine Sciences, I would be able to follow courses from a wide range of subjects. Besides this, I could ‘dive deeper’ into the field of physical oceanography and climate modelling. I am glad I made the choice I did. Through Marine Sciences I have had so many different opportunities – I joined a research cruise on the Atlantic Ocean, have learnt to study the marine realm through different disciplines and have found a way into the field of climate physics, which is where I am currently writing up my thesis.
"The various components make the learning environment more dynamic and ensure a better understanding at several levels"
Having a background in Chemistry, my career choices were quite clearly defined, but I decided to take a different route and enrol in the Marine Sciences Master’s programme. In the first year I have been exploring a wide variety of fields –ranging from microbiology to physical oceanography – developing a strong interdisciplinary approach within the subject. The various components (theory, tutorial, group work, presentation and lab) make the learning environment more dynamic and ensure a better understanding at several levels. With the support of the faculty, I have been able to secure two research projects on the nitrogen cycle for this upcoming year. These opportunities allow me to bridge the gap between my chemistry background and my newly acquired knowledge on marine ecosystems while working both in the Netherlands and abroad.