How does climate change affect whales and seals? How does overfishing influence marine food webs? How do we restore and protect the Wadden Sea?
The two-year selective master of the science degree program in Marine Biology focuses on life in our seas and oceans. Whether you are interested in biological oceanography, conservation of marine mammals, coastal marine ecology, or genomics, we offer plenty of opportunities to receive well-founded, expansive research-focused academic training in marine biology. Together with your mentor (a professor in the marine biology program), you will design your own tailored study program fitting your personal preferences and career plans. The program also offers a business and policy-oriented track.
Our flexible Master's degree program is open to students with a Bachelor's degree in Biology. We offer a number of mandatory master courses, taught by experienced staff from several research institutes (GELIFES, ESRIG) at the UG and the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ). In addition, we offer elective courses across a wide range of research disciplines, habitats, and skill types.
The master program is heavily research-focused. We offer research opportunities with UG staff in the following areas (names of principal investigators in parentheses):
Marine Ecology (Eriksson)
Marine Evolution and Conservation (Palsbøll)
Tropical Marine Evolutionary Ecology (van der Meij)
Marine Conservation Ecology (Govers)
Marine Phytoplankton Ecophysiology (Buma)
Marine Polar Phytoplankton (van de Poll)
Climate and the Marine Carbon Cycle (Bintanja)
Marine zoology and Biomimetics (Stamhuis)
Marine Algae and the Sulphur cycle (Stefels)
Marine environment and policy (Business and Policy track, de Boer)
To learn in more detail about the research opportunities at NIOZ and elsewhere.
This selective master's program in marine biology is designed for students to start in September as part of an annual cohort. Students who would like to start during the academic year are referred to the Master’s program Biology.
Why study this program in Groningen?
The 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 program
Our faculty is the home of the 2016 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, Ben Feringa, and the Nobel Prize winner in Physics, Frits Zernike