Marine Sciences studies how marine systems and processes operate naturally and how they change through human intervention.
Seas and oceans play an important role in our day-to-day lives, and over 65% of the world's population lives or works in coastal areas. Vital for our economy and health – as well as for climate, food, and biodiversity – seas and oceans have immense societal significance. However, the oceans are changing rapidly as human-induced pollution and CO2 emissions lead to global warming and ocean acidification. The impact on organisms, ocean chemistry, and currents on short to long timescales is uncertain, affecting both business and policymaking.
As part of your two-year Master's programme in Marine Sciences, students will learn how marine systems and processes operate naturally – and how they change through human intervention. The programme offers multidisciplinary cutting-edge information in this rapidly developing field.
The courses examine the potential ecological consequences and possible legal conflicts of issues such as energy and climate change, mining, pollution, the flow of traffic at sea, fisheries policies and coastal defences. Students will approach these complicated societal issues from various perspectives and study their interactions and relationships with physical, chemical, biological and geological processes.
Utrecht University has the most extensive in-house expertise in marine sciences of all Dutch universities, and our staff participate in numerous international marine programmes and projects. The multidisciplinary focus of the programme will prepare students for a challenging career in a wide range of international organisations that are active in coastal areas and oceans and in harnessing society for future ocean change.
The first year is devoted to course work, while the second year is primarily spent conducting independent research and/or a traineeship.
In the Netherlands such institutes include Ministries, Rijkswaterstaat, TNO, Imares, Deltares, Marin and Naturalis. Job opportunities in the private sector may be at companies and consultancies focussing on hydrocarbon and mineral exploration and production. Students may also find employment at international organizations that are active in coastal areas and oceans, such as the United Nations. The Marine Science programme is also a stepping stone towards a PhD.
The Marine Sciences Master's programme will enable students to specialize in the physical, chemical, biological, and geological processes taking place in seas and oceans. Students explore issues such as energy and climate change, mining, pollution, the flow of traffic at sea, fisheries policies, and coastal defences. Examining the consequences of these themes requires a multidisciplinary approach.