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How does increasing temperatures affect whales and seals? How does over-fishing influence marine food-webs? How do we restore and protect the Wadden Sea?

The two-year selective 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.

The selective Master's programme is designed for students who are able to keep up with the study pace of the cohort that starts in September. Students who would like start during the academic year and / or aim for a career that focuses on the business and policy side of science are referred to our Master’s programme Biology.

Why study this programme in Groningen?

  • Wadden Sea nearby: unique in the world (on UNESCO World Heritage list)
  • Focus on Biology! Research projects on the level of cells, organisms, populations and communities in seas and oceans
  • In cooperation with the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)
  • Throughout the year opportunities to start your individual programme
  • Our faculty is the home of the 2016 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, Ben Feringa, and the Nobel Prize winner in Physics, Frits Zernike

After your studies

  • About one third of the graduates continue in academic research with the pursuit of their PhD degree in The Netherlands or abroad.
  • About one third of the graduates continue in various kinds of research and management related to fisheries and coastal zone management.
  • About one third of the graduates work in the public sector, for example in journalism, teaching or communication.

Job examples

  • PhD research position
  • Research and Management related to marine biology
  • Work in the public sector

Visit the Marine Biology MSc page on the University of Groningen website for more details!

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