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Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management (Oceans & Lakes)


Course Description

Bodies of water, including oceans, large lakes, seas and estuaries, make up the largest part of the earth's surface. Well above 70% of the earth´s surface consists of water, which is essential for all life. Humans extract both directly and indirectly a major part of their food from the seas, photosynthesis in the oceans is responsible for approximately half of the global oxygen production, the oceans continue to yield unknown life forms at an astonishing rate. In spite of the importance of the water bodies of this earth, much of them remains unknown.

If you are interested in gaining more in-depth knowledge of this world, of the ecosystems associated with water, in a scientific manner, the Master of Science in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management offers you what you need. This combination of disciplines makes the programme unique, not only in Flanders, but also in Europe. Students with most scientifically oriented bachelor diplomas can start the programme directly.

Career opportunities

This multidisciplinary Master´s diploma is your admission ticket to a fascinating professional world and can be the start of an international career. As a scientist with a broad education, you are the right person for functions that require an integrated approach. The integration of knowledge from across various disciplines is valuable, and you can contribute significantly in various jobs that are concerned with marine and lacustrine domains, wherever they are in the world. The programme is broad and deep and can complement a wide range of scientific professions.

Contents

This 2-year master programme addresses students with a background in sciences. It provides you with strong fundamental and applied knowledge and prepares you for an active role in the scientific research and management of marine ecosystems. The programme adopts a multidisciplinary approach integrating physical, chemical geological, ecological and societal aspects and including nature conservation and sustainable development.

This programma trains students in:
1. playing a key role in high quality scientific marine research
2. providing advice in marine management based on sound scientific knowledge
3. becoming critically minded, problem-solving and communicative scientists

You can major in one of four specialisations:
• Biodiversity and Ecology
• Conservation Biology and Ecosystem Management
• Environmental Impact and Remediation
• Earth System Sciences

The programme is one of the International Course Programmes supported by the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR-UOS). A limited number of scholarships is available for students coming from certain developing countries.

The diversity of professional, disciplinary and cultural backgrounds of both students and lecturers ensures that the programme has a truly unique international character.

Visit the Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management (Oceans & Lakes) page on the Vrije Universiteit Brussel website for more details!

Visit the Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management (Oceans & Lakes) page on the Vrije Universiteit Brussel website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Rainer Renquet

2472.jpg I have been living close to the sea my entire life, and I always assumed that the sea would play a role in my work. After studying Nautical Sciences, I came across the MSc in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management. This programme allows me to study the biological, physiological and chemical process in oceans, seas, estuaries, rivers and lakes. I also learn how they should be protected and managed. The programme combines the expertise of researchers at three universities in Belgium. Theoretical seminars are alternated with practical lab work or excursions to local ecosystems or institutions. I would recommend this programme to everyone with an admiration for the oceans and what lives in it.

(Student Profile)

Angela Nankabirwa

2473.jpg I come from Uganda and during my studies there focused on fisheries and aquaculture. That is when I gained a passion for aquatic sciences. I was inspired by the Limnology research that has been done on various freshwater lakes in Uganda, and some of the co-authors were Belgian scientists. I corresponded with them and finally decided to apply for the Master of Science in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management. I am happy I did and would recommend this programme to everyone who wants to gain more knowledge on aquatic ecosystems and their sustainable management.

(Student Profile)

Marianna Pinzone

2474.jpg I studied Biology in Rome with the aim of going abroad to study the marine environment and really touch with my hands what it means to work in this field. The Master in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management at VUB fitted perfectly with what I was looking for. Not only does it allow you to acquire a strong knowledge of both marine and freshwater ecosystems, but the international nature of the programme opens you up to different cultures and traditions and gives you the possibility to see the world through their eyes. Studying at VUB was a completely different academic experience than I was used to. It taught to me to cope with what is ‘new’ and ‘different’ and broadened my mind. I would do it again in a heartbeat!


(Scholarship)

ICP Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

VLIR-UOS (University Development Cooperation) awards scholarships to students from 54 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin-America, to follow a training or master programme at a Flemish university or university college in Belgium. The scholarship includes:
Allowance: € 860/month
Accommodation allowance: € 375/month
Family allowance: € 62 per dependent person/month
Several one-time payments
Insurance, international travel and tuition fee

Value of Scholarship(s)

from 12,000 EUR/year

Eligibility

Citizens of countries included in VLIR's country list will be considered, see http://www.vliruos.be/en/countries/overview/#54

Application Procedure

http://www.vub.ac.be/en/scholarship/icp-master

Further Information

http://www.vub.ac.be/en/scholarship/icp-master


(Scholarship)

MasterMind Scholarships - 20+ Awards

The Government of Flanders has launched a new scholarship programme in 2015, Master Mind Scholarships. For the academic year 2017-2018, it awards up to 45 scholarships to outstanding Master students from all countries.http://www.studyinflanders.be/en/scholarship-programmes/master-mind-scholarships/

Value of Scholarship(s)

7,500 Euros/year

Eligibility

Only outstanding students can apply (equivalent of magna cum laude, first class honours, Grade A).

Application Procedure

http://www.vub.ac.be/en/scholarship/mastermind

Further Information

http://


(Scholarship)

OAS (Organization of American States) Scholarships - 10 Awards

http://www.oas.org/en/scholarships/PAEC/2015/Announcement_OAS_VUB_Masters_Final.pdf

Value of Scholarship(s)

1,350 Euros+tuition fee waiver for top students

Eligibility

Be a citizen and/or permanent legal resident of any OAS member state (http://www.oas.org/en/member_states/default.asp), except the United States and Canada

Application Procedure

http://www.oas.org/en/scholarships/PAEC/2015/Announcement_OAS_VUB_Masters_Final.pdf

Further Information

http://www.oas.org/en/scholarships/PAEC/2015/Announcement_OAS_VUB_Masters_Final.pdf



Entry Requirements

The programme is open to holders of a bachelor’s degree in biology, biochemistry and biotechnology, chemistry, geology, geography, geography and geomathics, bio-engineer science or environmental sciences. For other bachelors in science, applied science and life sciences, equivalency will be evaluated based on scientific competences and skills of the students by the Oceans & Lakes Steering Committee.In order to be admitted, you need to be proficient in English.

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