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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

All study options

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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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study24 months
    Course startsApril, August, February, January, November, October, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 14350

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

No additional requirements

More information:

(to be decided by the admissions board)

BiologyUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
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

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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