Our programme emphasises on skills acquisition, both in marine and lacustrine research and management. It requires full-time attendance and active participation in lectures and practical exercises, visits to marine research centres, field trips and excursions.
The curriculum comprises four parts: (i) general course units (39 credits) with compulsory course units covering disciplines which are considered as essential knowledge for a marine and lacustrine scientist; (ii) elective course units (21 credits): in-depth as well as broadening course units, and supporting course units; (iii) a choice of four specialist majors (30 credits each):
• Global Change Impacts on Ecology and Biodiversity;
• Conservation Biology and Ecosystem Management;
• Environmental Impact and Remediation;
• Marine and Lacustrine Geosciences
And last but not least, (iv) the Master's dissertation takes up another thirty credits and consists of an individual research project related to ongoing research in one of the associated research groups. Students choose a dissertation topic that is in line with their choice of major.
A three- to four-week professional work placement allows our student to gain professional experience in marine- and lacustrine-related fields. In addition to classes, fieldwork is an essential part of the curriculum. In order to prepare the students to perform well in an international professional context, all lectures and course materials are in English. International students enrolling in the programme should have a solid knowledge of English.