Suitable for students with a good biological, geological and chemical background, the programme runs full-time over 24 months (120 ECTS) and consists of advanced courses (90 ECTS) and a Master Thesis, with a dissertation (30 ECTS).

Every student follows an individually-tailored study programme, by combining the different complementary disciplines that can be studied at each of the Partner universities:

  • Advanced Oceanography & Coastal Zone Management, in UBx
  • Advanced Oceanography & Coastal & Oceanic Environments, in Soton
  • Marine Environmental Monitoring & Ecosystem Health Protection, in EHU
  • Biodiversity Conservation & Ocean modelling, in ULiège

Throughout the coursework, students can make a selection between three alternative mobility pathways:

  • A1 (UBx-EHU-Soton)
  • A2 (UBx-EHU-ULiège)
  • B (Soton-EHU-ULiège)

Irrespective of the mobility pathway, all the students follow together Semester 2 in EHU.

Through any of the pathways, the students have the opportunity to travel, from molecular biology to remote sensing issues and from short-term phenomena (e.g. tides and intertidal variability) to long-term issues (e.g. ocean acidification); thus achieving a translational science background, with a topical bias towards each partner’s expertise.

The MSc Thesis research is undertaken during Semester 4 (30 ECTS) and consists of a 5-6 month research under the supervision of a PhD holder. Upon completion of the MSc Thesis the student should demonstrate sufficiency for research in order to undertake the realisation of the PhD Thesis work, or a professional activity as researcher. The thesis should be written up and defended in front of an International Examination Board following the consensus procedure approved by the MER Consortium JPB.