[[Academic cooperation]] Consortium of 4 universities: ››University of the Basque Country, Spain(coordinator institution) ››University of Southampton, U.K. ››University of Bordeaux, France ››Université de Liège, Belgium
The MER master program provides high quality teaching in general oceanography with a specialization in Marine Environment (ecology, ecotoxicology, biochemistry, geochemistry, sedimentology, paleo-oceanography) and living or non-living marine resources.
The MER program benefits from a consortium of four EU universities (Bilbao - Spain, Bordeaux-France, Southampton- UK and Liège Belgium) and a worldwide network of associated partners.
The MER master program is organized according to three teaching semesters (Semester 1-3: coursework) plus a research master thesis (Semester 4) carried out via an internship at any partner research institution worldwide. Mobility is mandatory and three different mobility opportunities are proposed for the coursework: ››Bordeaux / Bilbao / Southampton. ››Bordeaux / Bilbao / Liège. ››Southampton / Bilbao / Liège.
Coursework is organized according to six mandatory and optional modules (total: 90 ECTS): ››Module 1 - Fundamental: Ocean Science ››Module 2 - Framework: Global Ocean Environment ››Module 3 - Scientific Challenges and Opportunities: Marine Environment Protection and Resources Exploitation ››Module 4 - Socio-Economic Commitment: Marine Environment and Resources Management ››Module 5 - Data Analysis: Interpretation of Environmental Data ››Module 6 - Discovery: Research in MER The MSc thesis research (Module 6) is carried out during Semester 4 (30 ECTS) at any Marine Research Institute worldwide.
Strengths ››Successful MER students acquire a high degree of personal and scientific maturity, due to the wide range of topics taught in the domains of oceanography and marine resource management. ››Students learn to prove strong mobility, autonomy and the capacity to adapt to different cultural and administrative conditions in the different countries involved. ››At least three major European academic systems are experienced, and practice in applications for funding etc. at an international level is largely acquired. ››Having studied in (at least 3) different countries and followed all the lectures and practical workshops in the English language, MER students have excellent profiles for starting positions in a scientific career in an international context.
[[And after?]] Successful completion of this program will prepare students for a leadership role in various marine sectors such as conservation and environmental management, fisheries, nongovernmental organizations and all levels of government positions from local to global.
Students benefit from a worldwide network of partner institutions. From its beginning (2007), the MER program has trained more than 100 students. More than 50% of graduates continue with a PhD. Other graduates integrate public or private organizations in their field of expertise.