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About the course

Overall, oceans and seas contain more biological diversity than terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. Marine ecosystems play a key role in climate and weather patterns. Indispensable to life itself, the marine environment is also a great contributor to economic prosperity, social well-being and quality of life.

Although the socio-economic relevance of the aforementioned issues may often remain underrated by society, mankind impact on the marine environment is all too frequently demonstrated. Oils spill response (Exxon, Erika, Prestige, Deep Sea Horizon) requires the input of multidisciplinary staff (oceanographers, marine biologists, chemists, geologists, and environmental managers. Climate change effects, such as surface seawater warming, sea-level raising and ocean acidification and eutrophication, are a matter of increasing concern for governments, scientists and society. These are exemplary problems; none can be solved separately. Growth prospects for the ocean economy and its potential for employment creation will be successful only if ocean health is duly preserved (The Ocean Economy in 2030, OECD 2016). The growth of a number of marine industries over recent decades points to greater levels of exploitation and hence demand for trained staff who understand the marine environment.

There is a need for training in the understanding the consequences of climate change; the sustainable management of the coastal zone; the protection of marine and coastal ecosystem; and the conservation of biodiversity and ocean natural heritage.

This master's degree has been awarded the EAQAJP label (European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes) with which the European Commission highlights its high quality and international profile.

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Places available



Face-to-face degree course


Spanish, English




2 years

Approximate fees


International interuniversity

University of the Basque Country: Faculty of Science and Technology

Universidade dos Açores (Portugal)

University of Southampton (United Kingdom)

Université de Bordeaux (France)

Université de Liège (Belgium)



Person in charge of the Master :

Secretariat :


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4 reasons to study this Master

  • Compulsory mobility is instrumental to the learning outcomes and to the success of the programme, as well as to facilitate the development of soft skills by the students.
  • Innovative teaching and learning; university excellence in the European Higher Education Area
  • Competitiveness in marine environment research and management
  • Scheduled satellite activities, summer research internships and professional placement internships will contribute to enhance the general and transversal skills.

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Participating Universities

Université de Bordeaux
Liège Université
University of Southampton

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Career opportunities

Successful completion of this programme will prepare the student for a leadership role in various marine sectors such as conservation and environmental management, non-governmental organisations and all levels of government from local to global.

Employers in the public and private sectors require top quality graduates as managers, planners, policy makers, researchers or advisors who can make a difference in marine environment management. They need people who have the ability to think through complex issues, who can analyse the marine environment through field measurements and modelling, which are capable of managing projects and programmes, and have well developed leadership and personal skills.

MER consortium supports career development from the very first moment in which a student is enrolled. A Careers’ prospect is delivered once registration has been formalized and is also available online in the MER Consortium website. The prospect contains: guidelines, links and references to orientate the student about potential careers and professional prospects; interesting links for job seeking; and examples of real published job offers to let them know which are the requisites and conditions for different employment opportunities in the real world. The prospect is revised each year, together with the website update. The MER+ EMJMD tutor and the research project supervisor will also advise each student on potential careers and opportunities.

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