Sea and Society, Master's Programme
A programme where students, teachers, researchers, and practitioners from different disciplines come together to learn, exchange, and create new knowledge about the sustainable use of the sea and its resources. As a student, you will benefit from this transdisciplinary approach and develop a broad skillset for a career in marine and maritime authorities, industry, environmental courts and multidisciplinary marine sciences, and be prepared to respond to increasingly complex challenges resulting from humans’ interaction with the sea.
Our ocean is under increasing pressure from unsustainable human activities; yet, we depend on it. From overfishing, to rapid coastal development, to increased pollution, marine resources are deteriorating at an increasing rate, resulting in conflicts and loss of biodiversity. To understand and manage this complexity, integrated knowledge from several disciplines is needed, including history, social sciences, economy, law, and natural sciences; thus, we developed a new master’s programme called Sea and Society.
Building a strong transdisciplinary toolset
The University of Gothenburg is one of Sweden’s most complete environments for marine and maritime research and education with a unique breadth and transdisciplinary collaboration. We utilize this integrated knowledge to produce a new generation of professionals who understand the interactions between the marine ecosystem and socioeconomic systems. You will develop tools to address complex challenges facing the marine environment and be prepared to go back to society and work towards sustainable development of humans’ use of the sea.
Broad training for a career in various fields
Coursework addresses the historical relationship between humans and the sea, sustainable use and spatial context of marine resources, and the governance and management of the marine environment. Lectures, seminars, group and individual projects, and written reports are complemented with opportunities to access our unique marine infrastructure. Some courses integrate field trips to Kristineberg Marine Research Station and Tjärnö Marine Laboratory. Additionally, you will attend seminars like the Sea and Society Talks and visits to authorities and intergovernmental organizations.
Leading the way in research-based sustainable action
The University hosts the Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment and the Centre for Sea and Society – a collaborative environment where academia, actors from society and private sector meet, listen, share knowledge about the sea and society, and produce research results that can contribute to innovation and a sustainable blue growth. The Centre collaborates with Swedish marine environmental authorities to ensure current research results are applied in managing the sea. We welcome a diverse array of guest lecturers from the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, County Administrative Boards, Environmental courts, the Gothenburg Region, the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, the Maritime Museum, and universities in Sweden, Norway, and Ireland.
Programme structure and content
The first two semesters consist of four core transdisciplinary courses:
- The Sea and Society Relationship: Historical Perspectives, Present Status, and Future Challenges
- Blue Economy and Sustainable Use of Marine Resources
- European Marine Directives and Policies: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
- Seascape Governance in Times of Global Change
During the third semester, you can choose two elective courses or one course and an 8-week internship. Here are some examples of electives:
- International Law in the Maritime Context
- Maritime Environmental Law
- Conservation and the Genetics of Populations
- Marine Aquaculture
- Primary Producers of the Sea
- Marine Biodiversity
- Experimental Marine Ecology
- Ocean Mixing
- Physical Oceanography
- Remote Sensing
- Chemical Dynamics in the Sea
The fourth semester is dedicated to your thesis project.