Marine Science, Master's Programme
The interdisciplinary master’s programme in Marine Science incorporates oceanography, marine biology, marine chemistry, and marine geology, preparing you to become tomorrow’s problem solvers in marine sciences. In comparison to a single-discipline programme like marine biology, our programme trains you to have stronger analytical power and a better equipped toolbox. You will be in a strong position to solve the global challenges being caused by climate change and a growing population.
The oceans remain one of our few unknowns. Marine exploration continues at an unprecedented scale, as does the ever-increasing exploitation of the oceans. More than 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by oceans. The heat capacity of the oceans is several hundred times larger than the atmospheric, ocean primary production rivals the terrestrial, and 40% of the human population lives less than 50 kilometres from a coastline. With the ocean such an integral part of human life and society, the demand for skilled marine scientists capable of addressing increasing complex problems is growing, with more diverse, challenging, and interesting opportunities compared to just ten years ago. You will gain broad insights to the ocean as a system and graduate armed with the analytical tools and skills necessary to take on complex projects for a wide variety of employers.
A comprehensive and interdisciplinary programme
The Department of Marine Sciences harbours all disciplines of marine research: physical oceanography, marine biology, marine chemistry, marine geology, and even conservation of marine heritage. Our approach to the ocean is system oriented and interdisciplinary. We base this approach on the notion that the ocean is different from terrestrial systems in many fundamental ways. We have highly qualified lecturers in all core disciplines, positioning themselves and the department at the forefront internationally. The lecturers are well connected nationally as well as internationally, and it is not uncommon for students to pursue part of their education in another university or country. Since we are a relatively young department, formed from several disciplines, the lecturers are also well connected with the other departments within the University, and there are several trans-institutional research projects underway.
Rich and dynamic field work
Problem-based field work is an integral part of our teaching, and the Gothenburg region offers proximity to a wide range of marine environments, with different fresh water inputs, tidal ranges, and various atmospheric, terrestrial, and human influences. You will perform your study tasks not only in the city of Gothenburg, but also at our research stations Kristineberg and Tjärnö and on board our research vessels. You will have access to a fleet of autonomous vehicles such as gliders, autonomous underwater vehicles, benthic landers, and sail buoys to explore the coastal waters of Gothenburg, which have higher diversity of marine species than anywhere else in Sweden.
In-depth project-based course
You will have one mandatory course: Marine Project—from idea to action. Through seminars, workshops, lectures, and group and stakeholder meetings, you will be trained to plan, execute, and disseminate a marine project, including the key processes of budget, sampling design, variables to be measured, and communication with stakeholders.
Programme structure and content
You will develop an individual study plan including courses in physical oceanography, marine biology, marine chemistry, or marine geology, depending on your background. See link below (and links therein) for information on suggested courses within the different fields.
Your final thesis project is carried out in cooperation with one or several marine researchers. You may conduct it over one–two semesters.