On Tuesday 24 October we organized a live webinar about the Master’s programme Marine Sciences. During this session, Professor dr. Appy Sluijs and Master’s student Angelina Ivkic provided you with detailed information about the Master's programme and shared their personal experiences on the programme with you! 


-  Insights into the programme, study scheme and research areas;
-  Student stories about the programma and life as a student in Utrecht
-  Career prospects and how we prepare you for the job market;
-  Admission requirements and deadlines.

About the hosts

Appy Sluijs is the Professor of Paleoceanography at the Earth Sciences Department, co-chair of the research group Marine Palynology and Paleoceanography, and Program Leader of the Master Marine Sciences at Utrecht University. He was awarded major scientific prizes including the European Geosciences Union Outstanding Young Scientists Award (2007), the Netherlands Royal Academy Heineken Young Scientists Award (2010), the American Geophysical Union Macelwane Medal (2016), the Netherlands Royal Academy Ammodo Award (2017). Appy’s primary research interests include climate and ecological change in the geological past. His research particularly focuses on reconstructing temperature, marine ecology, hydrology, biogeochemical cycles and sea level during periods that were characterized by rapidly increasing, or generally high concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere.


My name is Angelina Ivkic and I am a second year student in the Marine Sciences Master. My decision to come to the Netherlands, after I finished my Biology Bachelor´s degree in my home country Austria, was mainly driven by the programme my Master has to offer: I was aiming for a multidisciplinary approach that would allow me to gain a profound understanding of the ocean system. However, when looking into the possibilities to pursue my goals within Europe, also the country itself and the Dutch culture were decisive factors. Within the first year of the Marine Sciences Master I managed to broaden my knowledge and understanding by far more than I expected at the beginning of the academic year. I was particularly surprised about how much I learned about other disciplines in addition to my background in Biology. Currently, I am conducting my research thesis on the calcification mechanisms of foraminifera- unicellular marine organisms- at the royal NIOZ on Texel. My results will lead to a better understanding on the effect of ocean acidification on marine calcifiers and to an improvement of climate proxies. Therefore, this Master´s degree offered me the opportunity to conduct a research project about a topic that combines the fields of Biology and Geosciences, in an internationally well known research institute.