Covid-19 update: The programme will be able to offer most courses digitally during the first semester. The most up-to-date information is available on the programme page on our website.
The programme provides insight into the diversity and complexity of the life and processes in the oceans, seas, lakes and estuaries and skills to study and manage them. In many cases, this diversity is endangered because the aquatic environment is increasingly coming under pressure—climate change, biodiversity erosion, increasing fishery requirements and overfishing, pollution, developments in aquaculture, coastal reclamation, etc.
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 programme trains students in playing a key role in high quality scientific marine research providing advice in marine management based on sound scientific knowledge 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
More details about the programme's curriculum can be found here
The programme is open to holders of a bachelor’s degree in biology, biochemistry and biotechnology, chemistry, geology, geography, geography and geomatics, bio-engineering science or environmental sciences. For other bachelors in science, applied science and life sciences, equivalency will be evaluated based on scientific competencies and skills of the students by the Oceans & Lakes Steering Committee.
Additionally, in order to be admitted, you need to be proficient in English.
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.
HOW TO APPLY
In order to apply, you have to fill in the online application form (button below).
About the School
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