Nature & Environment

Marine Biology/Erasmus Mundus Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

Marine Biology/Erasmus Mundus Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

Master

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Marine Biology belongs to the most attractive and fascinating disciplines within the natural sciences. It is also one of the most diverse disciplines. More than 70% of the Earth's surface are covered by oceans, and they play a crucial role especially for our climate. Only in the last 50 to 100 years the scientific and technological means have been developed to explore and study this vast ecosystem in detail. Marine biological research is of global socio-economic and political relevance.

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Basic data

Title on graduation

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Standard course length

4 Semester

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
120CP

Language of delivery (mainly)

English

Admission requirements

For inclusion in a master's degree is the completion of studies at the Bachelor's level requirement.
The subject-specific entry requirements are set out in the current Aufnahme-/Zulassungsordnung (admission regulations).
It also includes the different deadlines for the provision of evidence.

More information at Application and enrolment

Enrolment for new students

for winter semester

A limited number of university places. Further information regarding the specific enrolment procedure in the German "Zulassungs-/Aufnahmeordnung".

Deadlines for applications/enrolment

30.04.

Enrolment for advanced students

for winter and for summer semester

admittance limited

Deadlines for applications/enrolment

30.04. resp. 15.01.

DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT

Marine Biology belongs to the most attractive and fascinating disciplines within the natural sciences. It is also one of the most diverse disciplines. More than 70% of the Earth's surface are covered by oceans, and they play a crucial role especially for our climate. Only in the last 50 to 100 years the scientific and technological means have been developed to explore and study this vast ecosystem in detail. Marine biological research is of global socio-economic and political relevance.

OCCUPATIONAL FIELDS AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Subsequent non-teaching occupational fields

Graduates may continue their academic career as a Ph.D. student at the University of Bremen or at one of the associated research institutions. Employment opportunities for Marine Biologists exist in research and development, in the fishing and aquaculture industry as well as in the environmental conservation and management sector at governmental agencies or within NGOs and IGOs. Marine biologists also work at museums, zoological gardens, and aquaria. Additional employment opportunities for marine biologists include adjacent fields such as media (i.e. scientific journalism), eco-consulting, environmental impact assessments, and eco-tourism business. Marine biologists are also imployed in the commercial and industrial sector, for instance for “Blue Biotechnology”, coastal zone management and the sustainable use of marine resources.

Teacher training (Lehramt)

No courses available for students training to be teachers at state-run schools

Possibilities for additional qualifications

Graduates qualify for admission to doctoral studies.

OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS OF PROGRAM

Detailed list of available courses in online course prospectus

Stages of study / curricula / description of modules

The 1st Term sets the scene for a successful qualification and academic career in Marine Biology by building up a sound theoretical background and introducing important concepts of Marine Biology and Ecology as well as the essential fundamentals of the neighbouring disciplines Marine Geosciences, Physical Oceanography, Marine Chemistry, and Marine Biogeochemistry. In this multidisciplinary approach, students will learn the importance of cross-disciplinary co-operation and exchange for successful state-of-the-art marine research. In addition, the first term offers the opportunity to improve Personal Capabilities and Skills, in particular with regard to scientific communication and writing.
The core of the Marine Biology curriculum taught in the 2nd Term consists of elective courses covering a wide spectrum of topics, research questions, and state-of-the-art methods. Special focus is also given to applied aspects such as fisheries biology and aquaculture. The high proportion of practical classes offers hands-on training in different fields of Marine Biology. Students have the opportunity to exercise their skills during a field trip to the Island of Helgoland in the central North Sea and other excursions or even to join an expedition cruise on board of a research vessel.
During the 3rd Term, students will intensify their studies according to their own interests and intentions. They will conduct a research project embedded in one of the research teams at the university or partner institutions. Besides the University of Bremen itself, the associated world-class marine research institutions in the Federal State of Bremen, including AWI, ZMT, and MPI, contribute to this unique choice of study opportunities. Students will be integrated in different research teams (lab rotation) and work on burning issues of current marine research, providing them with first-hand experience of scientific work and proficiency in state-of-the-art methodologies. Alternatively, the flexible structure of the third term enables students to take courses and continue their studies at a university abroad. At the end of the term, students will develop and defend a proposal for their own research project, which may directly lead to the Master Thesis in the 4th and final Term. The thesis can be prepared either at a marine biological department of the University of Bremen or at one of the associated marine research institutions.

APPLICATION AND ENROLMENT

Admission requirements

For inclusion in a master's degree is the completion of studies at the Bachelor's level requirement.
The subject-specific entry requirements are set out in the current Aufnahme-/Zulassungsordnung (admission regulations).
It also includes the different deadlines for the provision of evidence.

Admission regulations

Admission

for new students

A limited number of university places. Further information regarding the specific enrolment procedure in the German "Zulassungs-/Aufnahmeordnung".


for advanced students

admittance limited


Deadline for application (beginner)

  • 30.04. for winter semester

Deadline for application (advanced)

  • 30.04. for winter semester
  • 15.01. for summer semester

Beginning of course for new students

WiSe

Beginning of course for advanced students

WiSe and SoSe

FORMALITIES

Type of studies

postgraduate studies

Time involved

full time study

Studies as

sole subject

Degree/qualification

Master

Title on graduation

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Standard course length

4 Semester

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
120CP

Accreditation


by: AAQ
from: 16.09.2016

Federal law on support in education

4 Semester

Costs

Semester fee 382,67 €

Bremen has a study account model (Studienkontengesetz).

Language of delivery (mainly)

English

Regulations

Examination regulations
Admission regulations

RESEARCH AND TEACHING

CONTACT AND COUNSELLING

Studies centre

Corinna Müller-Wiegmann
Building: NW2, Office: A1030
E-Mail: studienbuero.fb2(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-62810
Dr. Ute Meyer
Building: NW2, Office: A1030
E-Mail: studienbuero.fb2(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-62810

Faculty secretariat

Sylvia Köhler
Building: NW2, Office: PAV03
E-Mail: skoehler(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-62803

Department secretariat

Ajmal Ataie
Building: GW2, Office: PAV 02
E-Mail: ataie(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218 - 62801

Examination’s Board secretariat

Sylvia Köhler
Building: NW2, Office: PAV03
E-Mail: skoehler(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-62803

Status

09.04.2020
Description of subject

DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT

Marine Biology belongs to the most attractive and fascinating disciplines within the natural sciences. It is also one of the most diverse disciplines. More than 70% of the Earth's surface are covered by oceans, and they play a crucial role especially for our climate. Only in the last 50 to 100 years the scientific and technological means have been developed to explore and study this vast ecosystem in detail. Marine biological research is of global socio-economic and political relevance.

Occupational fields and career opportunities

OCCUPATIONAL FIELDS AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Subsequent non-teaching occupational fields

Graduates may continue their academic career as a Ph.D. student at the University of Bremen or at one of the associated research institutions. Employment opportunities for Marine Biologists exist in research and development, in the fishing and aquaculture industry as well as in the environmental conservation and management sector at governmental agencies or within NGOs and IGOs. Marine biologists also work at museums, zoological gardens, and aquaria. Additional employment opportunities for marine biologists include adjacent fields such as media (i.e. scientific journalism), eco-consulting, environmental impact assessments, and eco-tourism business. Marine biologists are also imployed in the commercial and industrial sector, for instance for “Blue Biotechnology”, coastal zone management and the sustainable use of marine resources.

Teacher training (Lehramt)

No courses available for students training to be teachers at state-run schools

Possibilities for additional qualifications

Graduates qualify for admission to doctoral studies.

Objectives and contents of program

OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS OF PROGRAM

Detailed list of available courses in online course prospectus

Stages of study / curricula / description of modules

The 1st Term sets the scene for a successful qualification and academic career in Marine Biology by building up a sound theoretical background and introducing important concepts of Marine Biology and Ecology as well as the essential fundamentals of the neighbouring disciplines Marine Geosciences, Physical Oceanography, Marine Chemistry, and Marine Biogeochemistry. In this multidisciplinary approach, students will learn the importance of cross-disciplinary co-operation and exchange for successful state-of-the-art marine research. In addition, the first term offers the opportunity to improve Personal Capabilities and Skills, in particular with regard to scientific communication and writing.
The core of the Marine Biology curriculum taught in the 2nd Term consists of elective courses covering a wide spectrum of topics, research questions, and state-of-the-art methods. Special focus is also given to applied aspects such as fisheries biology and aquaculture. The high proportion of practical classes offers hands-on training in different fields of Marine Biology. Students have the opportunity to exercise their skills during a field trip to the Island of Helgoland in the central North Sea and other excursions or even to join an expedition cruise on board of a research vessel.
During the 3rd Term, students will intensify their studies according to their own interests and intentions. They will conduct a research project embedded in one of the research teams at the university or partner institutions. Besides the University of Bremen itself, the associated world-class marine research institutions in the Federal State of Bremen, including AWI, ZMT, and MPI, contribute to this unique choice of study opportunities. Students will be integrated in different research teams (lab rotation) and work on burning issues of current marine research, providing them with first-hand experience of scientific work and proficiency in state-of-the-art methodologies. Alternatively, the flexible structure of the third term enables students to take courses and continue their studies at a university abroad. At the end of the term, students will develop and defend a proposal for their own research project, which may directly lead to the Master Thesis in the 4th and final Term. The thesis can be prepared either at a marine biological department of the University of Bremen or at one of the associated marine research institutions.

Application and enrolment

APPLICATION AND ENROLMENT

Admission requirements

For inclusion in a master's degree is the completion of studies at the Bachelor's level requirement.
The subject-specific entry requirements are set out in the current Aufnahme-/Zulassungsordnung (admission regulations).
It also includes the different deadlines for the provision of evidence.

Admission regulations

Admission

for new students

A limited number of university places. Further information regarding the specific enrolment procedure in the German "Zulassungs-/Aufnahmeordnung".


for advanced students

admittance limited


Deadline for application (beginner)

  • 30.04. for winter semester

Deadline for application (advanced)

  • 30.04. for winter semester
  • 15.01. for summer semester

Beginning of course for new students

WiSe

Beginning of course for advanced students

WiSe and SoSe
Formalities

FORMALITIES

Type of studies

postgraduate studies

Time involved

full time study

Studies as

sole subject

Degree/qualification

Master

Title on graduation

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Standard course length

4 Semester

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
120CP

Accreditation


by: AAQ
from: 16.09.2016

Federal law on support in education

4 Semester

Costs

Semester fee 382,67 €

Bremen has a study account model (Studienkontengesetz).

Language of delivery (mainly)

English

Regulations

Examination regulations
Admission regulations
Research and teaching

RESEARCH AND TEACHING

Contact and counselling

CONTACT AND COUNSELLING

Studies centre

Corinna Müller-Wiegmann
Building: NW2, Office: A1030
E-Mail: studienbuero.fb2(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-62810
Dr. Ute Meyer
Building: NW2, Office: A1030
E-Mail: studienbuero.fb2(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-62810

Faculty secretariat

Sylvia Köhler
Building: NW2, Office: PAV03
E-Mail: skoehler(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-62803

Department secretariat

Ajmal Ataie
Building: GW2, Office: PAV 02
E-Mail: ataie(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218 - 62801

Examination’s Board secretariat

Sylvia Köhler
Building: NW2, Office: PAV03
E-Mail: skoehler(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-62803

Status

09.04.2020