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Research ESRIG - Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen Ocean Ecosystems Education

Master level

Marine Biology at the University of Groningen (UG) is the longest existing (since 1985) and successful education program in Marine Biology in The Netherlands. Throughout the years the number of students at the entry level BSc in Marine Biology has been steady at about 25 per year. Many foreign students received their Marine Biology MSc degree at Groningen.

In the academic year of 2015/2016 (September 2015) we have started with the Master Marine Biology Program NEW STYLE. Here we offer students a new series of introductory and specialized courses in Ma rine sciences (20-30 ECTS). The courses will facilitate students from various backgrounds to successfully pursue our Master program, in order to eventually obtain a degree in Marine Biology. These course will cover a large range of topics including:

  • chemical, physical and biological oceanography
  • marine conservation
  • marine community ecology
  • marine resources (including biomimetics)
  • marine evolution and the conservation of marine mammals

In addition, they will cover both theoretical and skills oriented, as well as extensive field components.

Courses will be taught by lecturers from the three Marine Biology Departments at UG, as well as by external lecturers (mainly honorary Professors and appointed experts from NIOZ).

Master research projects

After a series of compulsory and facultative courses, the students will start their first research project as described in the study guide. This first project can be carried out at one of the Marine Departments at UG, or at NIOZ (Texel, Yerseke). After the first research project you can carry out a second research project elsewhere in- or outside The Netherlands. Here, our many long-term international collaborations provide student project opportunities and field projects on topics and regions ranging from tropical coral reefs to polar ecosystems.


Foreign students are advised to check the information for international students/exchange students.

Last modified:08 April 2020 11.48 a.m.