The MSc MER degree is designed to allow specialisation in particular areas of marine science. Two specialisations are available, designed to provide in-depth knowledge in individual marine disciplines. Selecting one of these pathways is not a requirement; students can still maintain a multidisciplinary choice of options, within the timetabling constraints of the programme.

Marine environment

33,5 ECTs in courses labelled "(E)" in the Programme. Suitable for students with a good biological and chemical background, this pathway provides an understanding of the marine pollution processes, their assessment and remediation. Components of the units studied include quantifying the levels and biological effects of pollutants. The marine environment pathway prepares students both for further research, and for work within government and commercial oceanographic and environmental research/consultancy laboratories.

Marine resources

30 ECTS in courses labelled "(R)" in the Programme. For students with a good biological or geological and mathematical background, this pathway covers aspects related to the sustainable management and exploitation of marine resources. Courses followed on this pathway prepare students for further research, also for more vocational work in the commercial research/ consultancy sector.

In addition, both pathways may have either a "physical" or "biological" emphasis, depending on whether the students follows mobility options "A" or "B":

Physical emphasis

Intensification in the physical environment, or in non-living resources. Students follow basic courses in UB during Semester 1 and advanced courses in SOTON in Semester 3.

Biological emphasis

Intensification in the biological environment, or in living resources. Students follow basic courses in either UB or SOTON during Semester 1 and advanced courses in ULg in Semester 3.

Common programme

All the students follow advanced courses in UPV/EHU in Semester 2, with a relevant, but not compulsory, imprint in the field of experimental marine biology and biotechnology, with a focus on marine environment and resource.