Marine Biology

The Master Course Marine Biology consists of 120 ECTS and is taught in English; it is heavily research oriented and is taught in cooperation with the Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Studies and several other research institutes in the Netherlands. Most of the course can be designed by the students themselves, allowing for large flexibility in the study programme.


Marine Biology knows two main courses: the research track (P-track) and the Management & Policy track (M-track).

  • The P-track focuses entirely on research to prepare for a career in academia or other research institutes. The study programme therefore mainly consists of research projects, which focus on learning about conducting research by actually doing it.
  • The M-track comprises one year of research and one year aimed at the development of policy and management-related understanding and skills to prepare for a career in a company, consultancy or policy organization.

 Study components

The P-track consists of two research courses of atleast 30 and 40 ECTS respectively, a colloquium of 5 ECTS, an essay of 5 ECTS and the remaining 40 ECTS are electives.
The M-track consists of one research course of 40 ECTS, an internship of 40 ECTS, an introduction course in science, business and policy, a colloquium of 5 ECTS and the remaining 15 ECTS are electives. 

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Admission requirements for the P- and M-track are an university’s Bachelor degree in a Biology including a specialization in Marine Biology or Ecology (with the courses Biological Oceanography and Marine Biology) and sufficient English proficiency (VWO level).

Further information

For more information, please visit the MCs Marine Biology or contact Karin Weel.