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The award
MSc

How long you will study
24 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
April, August, February, January, November, October, September

International course fees
EUR 14350

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About Marine Biology at University of Groningen

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

The two-year Master's degree programme in Marine Biology focuseson life in our planet's seas and oceans. Whether you are interestedin biological oceanography, conservation of marine mammals, orcoastal marine ecology, we offer plenty opportunities to receive asolid academic training in marine biological research. Togetherwith your mentor (who will be a professor in marine biology) you can design your own study programme to fit your personalpreferences.

Our flexible Master's degree programme is open for all studentswith a Bachelor's degree in Biology. We offer a number ofmand atory master courses which are jointly taught by severalresearch groups in Marine Biology at the University of Groningen,and in close co-operation with the Royal Netherlands Institute forSea Research (Texel, Yerseke). In addition you can select a numberof facultative courses which may be discipline oriented,geographically oriented, or (research) skills oriented.

The programme is strongly research oriented. You will conducttwo research projects under the supervision of experiencedresearchers. The first projects will be executed at Universityof 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 theAntarctic. 

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

The two-year Master's degree programme in Marine Biology focuseson life in our planet's seas and oceans. Whether you are interestedin biological oceanography, conservation of marine mammals, orcoastal marine ecology, we offer plenty opportunities to receive asolid academic training in marine biological research. Togetherwith your mentor (who will be a professor in marine biology) you can design your own study programme to fit your personalpreferences.

Our flexible Master's degree programme is open for all studentswith a Bachelor's degree in Biology. We offer a number ofmand atory master courses which are jointly taught by severalresearch groups in Marine Biology at the University of Groningen,and in close co-operation with the Royal Netherlands Institute forSea Research (Texel, Yerseke). In addition you can select a numberof facultative courses which may be discipline oriented,geographically oriented, or (research) skills oriented.

The programme is strongly research oriented. You will conducttwo research projects under the supervision of experiencedresearchers. The first projects will be executed at Universityof 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 theAntarctic. 

Download our flyer here

After your studies

Job prospects

  • About one third of the graduates continue in academic research with the pursuit of their PhD degree in The Netherlands orabroad.
  • About one third of the graduates continue in various kinds ofresearch and management related to fisheries and coastal zonemanagement.
  • About one third of the graduates work in the public sector, for example in journalism, teaching or communication.
  • About one third of the graduates continue in academic research with the pursuit of their PhD degree in The Netherlands orabroad.
  • About one third of the graduates continue in various kinds ofresearch and management related to fisheries and coastal zonemanagement.
  • 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
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Notes about fees for this course

EU/EEA

€ 2060 per year

non-EU/EEA

€ 14350 per year

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
BiologyAll Research universities

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BiologyUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

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additional subject

The Admissions Office will advise the Admissions Board on yourapplication, after which the board will decide if you meet theadmission requirements in terms of general level of previouseducation and specific background knowledge.

knowledge minimum

BEFORE YOU APPLY

Make sure to visit 'MSc Application Procedure' at: http://www.rug.nl/(...)amme/admissions/msc/for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

language test

MAKE SURE TO VISIT http://www.rug.nl/(...)anguage-requirementsfor all the necessary information about required language tests.

previous education

An academic Bachelor's degree in any field of biologicalsciences*. This includes, but is not restricted to, ecology,evolution, physiology, genetics, molecular biology, microbiology,theoretical biology and behavior. Students entering with no marinebiological background will be brought up to speed in the Principlescourses.

This Master's programme is research-focused. Candidates aretherefore encouraged to have a strong quantitative background in,for example, analytical statistics, data processing, programming orother hard skills.

  • Please note that the decision on international applications istaken at the discretion of the Admissions Board in all cases.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

English proficiency on VWO level is required.

previous education

An academic Bachelor's degree in any field of biologicalsciences. This includes, but is not restricted to, ecology,evolution, physiology, genetics, molecular biology, microbiology,theoretical biology and behavior. Students entering with no marinebiological background will be brought up to speed in the Principlescourses.

This Master's programme is research-focused. Candidates aretherefore encouraged to have a strong quantitative background in,for example, analytical statistics, data processing, programming orother hard skills.

Registration procedure

The Admissions Board will decide whether you can be admitted to the Master's degree programme. Applications are evaluated on a continuous basis. You do not have to wait until the application deadline to apply.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based92

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