The MER consortium is committed and has been hitherto successful in getting financial support for both student and staff mobility.

Student mobility

As a part of the construction of the EHEA, a pivotal goal of the MER MSc Programme is to promote international and European cultural exchange and interactions between students. Student mobility is designed with this objective.

Students receive a strong part of the Module Fundamentals in MER during the 1st Semester at either UB or at SOTON (30 ECTS), the 2nd Semester at UPV/EHU (30 ECTS) and the 3rd Semester at SOTON or at ULg.

A full list of courses and their associated learning outcomes, credit point values, assessment methods, and pre-requisites is available at the Module Description Book. Consistent with our philosophy of teaching and learning, many of the courses reflect the research interests of the staff within the Partner institutions. These research interests are in line with European and international research priorities (e.g. European Strategy for Marine and Maritime Research; 2008).

At the beginning of the 2nd Semester, there is an International Course (RiMER) held at the Aquarium in San Sebastian in February.

The MSc Thesis research work can be entirely, or jointly, undertaken in SOTON, UPV/EHU, UB and ULg or in an associated institutions in Europe or overseas. All the MSc Theses are presented at Joint Viva Sessions at the end of September, in UPV/EHU, with members of all the Partner universities, staff from associates and external (invited) examiners.

  • Student mobility provides the students with the opportunity to interact with staff from different countries and environments; further to identify the area of research to which they are best suited.
  • The mobility and the integrated RiMER course provide the students with an almost complete overview of the research fields, relevant to marine environment and resources.
  • Students improve also their skills in English and other languages (French, Spanish and Basque).
  • MER MSc students interact also with students enrolled in local Master courses at each institution, providing them with a supplementary perspective.

Staff mobility

Staff mobility is also a relevant part of the MER MSc programme, particularly during the RiMER course (over 15 visiting staff attend the course each year, with some regular attendants and some new lecturers every year). RiMER constitutes an important opportunity for staff to exchange new ideas with colleagues; likewise, to identify potential students for Semester 4 research work. To date, this staff mobility has been financed successfully by the MER consortium, with additional funding being provided by the French, Spanish and Basque Governments.