Structure and content

The MER MSc 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 will follow an individually-tailored study programme, by combining the different disciplines that can be studied at each of the Partner universities:

  • Coastal Management or Advanced Oceanography, in SOTON;
  • Marine Non-living Resources or Marine Environment, in UB;
  • Marine Living Resources or Marine Pollution (Ecosystem Health Assessment included), in UPV/EHU; and
  • Marine Biology and Ecology, in ULg.

These are the complementary profiles in which each Partner excels and, as such, recognized internationally.

Moreover, academic and research staff of the universities are pioneering a transverse research profile (integrating diverse concepts, instrumental technology and time-scales) in the field of marine environment and resources.

Throughout the coursework, students can make a selection between (3) alternative mobility pathways (UB-EHU-SOTON; UB-EHU-ULg; SOTON-EHU-ULg).

MER 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 their long-term consequences (e.g. ocean acidification).

The coursework is arranged in six modules.

The contents of the courses that comprise Module 1 (Fundamental: Ocean Science) are basic foundations or aspects of general interest for MER MSc students. Therefore, they are mandatory and are followed during Semester 1 (introduction to the various fields of oceanography). During Semester 2, the students must follow the compulsory RiMER course (6 ECTS; Module 4: Discovery: MER Research). During Semester 1 in SOTON, the students must follow the course "Contemporary Topics" (Module 4).

Thus, a student achieves at least 34,5 ECTS in compulsory courses and the remainder (up to 90 ECTS) in optional courses:

  • Module 2 (Framework: Global Ocean Environment);
  • Module 3 (Scientific Challenges and Opportunities: Marine Environment Protection and Resources exploitation);
  • Module 4 (Socio-economic Commitment: Marine Environment and Resources Management);
  • Module 5 (Data Analysis: Interpretation of Environmental Data); and
  • Module 6 (Discovery: Research in MER).

A full list of courses and their associated learning outcomes, credit point values, assessment methods, and pre-requisites is available Module Description Book.

The MSc Thesis research (Module 6) is undertaken during Semester 4 (30 ECTS) .

MODULE COURSE TYPE ECTS UNIV
1.-  FUNDAMENTALS:
OCEAN SCIENCE
Introduction to Biological Oceanography   CSS1   3,75 SOTON
Introduction to Chemical Oceanography
Introduction to Marine Geology
Introduction to Physical Oceanography
Biological Oceanography CBS1 6 UB
Chemical Oceanography
Dynamic Oceanography
Seafloor Geology
2.- FRAMEWORK:
GLOBAL OCEAN
ENVIRONMENT
Applied and Marine Geophysics OP 7,5 SOTON
Biogeochemical Cycles in the Earth system
Coastal Sediment Dynamics
Deep Sea Ecology (E)
Marine GeoArchaelogy
Introductory Remote Sensing of the Oceans
Large Scale Ocean Processes
Microfossils, Environment and Time (E)
Zooplankton Ecology and Processes (R)
Instrumentation and Measurements in Operational Oceanography (R) OP 4 EHU
Marine Primary Production (R)
Satellite Oceanography and Meteorology
Biogeochemical Cycles in the Ocean OP 6 ULg
Interdisciplinary Aspects of Marine Science CLS3
Marine Plant Biology and Ecology OP
Marine Ecology
Marine Nutrient Dynamics and Ecosystem Modelling
Remote Sensing of the Oceans
3.- SCIENTIFIC CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES:
MARINE ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION & RESOURCES EXPLOITATION
Advanced Instrumental Analysis OP 4 EHU
Cellular and Molecular Biomarkers (E)
Degradation and Rehabilitation of Estuarine Ecosystems (E)
Ecological Quality Assessment in Coastal Ecosystems (E)
Ecotoxicity Bioassays in Aquatic Risk Assessment (E)
Environmental Analytical Chemistry (E)
Environmental Genomics (E)
Eutrophication and Harmful Algae (E)
Fish and Shellfish Parasitology
Fish and Shellfish Reproduction and Endocrinology
Fish Welfare and Seafood Quality
Histology and Histopathology of Aquatic Animals
Marine Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Molecular Population Genetics of Fish and Shellfish (R)
Physiological Energetics of Marine Organisms
Advanced Marine Zoology (E) OP 6 ULg
Biochemistry, Physiology and Production of Marine Animals (R)
Ecotoxicology and Biodegradation of Marine Pollutants (E)
Threats to Marine Mammals (E)
Functional and Molecular Marine Microbiology (R)
4.- SOCIO-ECONOMIC COMMITMEMNT:
MARINE ENVIRONMENT & RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
International Maritime and Environmental Law OP 7,5 SOTON
Fisheries Socio-Economics (R) OP 4 EHU
Sustainable Fisheries Management (R)
Multicultural Integration in EU
Policies for Marine Environment and Resources Management OP 6 ULg
5.- DATA ANALYSIS:
INTERPRETATION OF  ENVIRONMENTAL DATA
Environmental Data Analysis (E) OP 4 EHU
Analyses of Environmental Data and Modelling CBS1 6 UB
Numerical Methods Applied to the Environment OP 6 ULg
6.- DISCOVERY: 
MARINE ENVIRONMENT & RESOURCES RESEARCH
Contemporary Topics (in Ocean and Earth Sciences) CSS1/OPSS3 7,5 SOTON
Introduction to Research Activities OP 4 EHU
Research in Marine Environment and Resources C 6
Master Thesis C 30 ALL

 

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