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Doktorand i laboratorium
Photo: Johan Wingborg

Our Doctoral Studies Facilities

As a doctoral student at the Department for Marine Sciences you will be a part of the Natural Sciences environment at the University of Gothenburg.

Marine Research Stations

The marine research stations at Kristineberg and Tjärnö are two of Europe’s most modern marine laboratories, with unique possibilities to conduct advanced experimental work. The research stations have a large number of laboratories supplied with water from the surface and sea bottom drawn directly from the Gullmar fjord respectively the Koster fjord. In many of them, both air and water temperatures can be controlled along with light levels.

Outdoor experimental facilities consist of a greenhouse and installations for what is known as open-tank experimentation ("ecotrons") with access to a through-flowing supply of both surface and deep water from the fjords. Both stations have access to minor research vessels and smaller boats.

R/V Skagerak

Research vessel Skagerak
Photo: Carl Kristensson

R/V Skagerak is the University of Gothenburg’s larger research vessel for education and research within the marine sciences. R/V Skagerak is 49-metre-long, 11 metres wide and with a displacement of 1000 tonnes. The vessel has a crew of 5 and can accommodate 16 researchers and students.

R/V Skagerak has advanced technical equipment, such as hydroacoustic measurement instruments, several modern laboratories, and a quarterdeck suitable for deployment of autonomous underwater vessels. Home port is Nya Varvet in Gothenburg.

Research Subject Networks

The Department for Marine Sciences has Doctoral Studies in several subjects, where each subject has its own network.

Marine Colloquium

The Marine Colloquium run seminars and newsletters that bring together research and researchers at the Department.

Doctoral Students are a part of this community and are strongly encouraged to attend and participate in the seminars, which can be a great opportunity to meet international experts in marine science. 

PhD courses in FUBAS

The PhD courses from our department are included in the whole supply of PhD courses from the Faculty of Science.

In the database FUBAS you can find PhD courses within the Unviersity of Gothenburg. In the database you can search courses by department and faculty.

Link to FUBAS.


For more information regarding our doctoral studies in marine sciences,
please contact professor Helle Ploug.

Email: Helle Ploug.