The oceans remain one of our few unknowns, while marine exploration continues at an unprecedented scale. Fuelling this exploration is our ever increasing exploitation of the oceans. Do you love the ocean? Do you want to contribute to a knowledge based and sustainable future? Do you have a Bachelor’s Degree in marine science, oceanography, marine biology, marine chemistry or marine geology? Then you should come to Gothenburg, Sweden.The Master's programme in Marine Sciences is offered by the University of Gothenburg, Faculty of Science. The marine science master’s programme gives you the theoretical and practical tools to work with marine tasks. You will get a broader interdisciplinary understanding of the marine system and you will deepen your expertise within your discipline.Why Gothenburg?
The Department of Marine Sciences at University of Gothenburg harbours all disciplines of marine research: physical oceanography, marine biology, marine chemistry, marine geology and even marine archaeology. 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.Field work is an integral part of our teaching. To make observations of the ocean you will be using our extensive infrastructure: field stations and laboratories, research vessels and measuring instruments for all marine disciplines. The Gothenburg region offers proximity to a wide range of marine environments, with different fresh water inputs, different tidal ranges and with different atmospheric, terrestrial and human influences. Our fjords act as giant field laboratories.Career area
Employers in many areas of society look to marine scientists to find hands-on professionals, experts and managers. These employers are found within industry, consultancy, all levels of government and within academia. Marine scientists are needed because the ocean is such an integral part of human life and society.Marine scientists are also sought after to handle a wide range of tasks, because of the integrated and systematic approach we apply when investigating the ocean. Marine scientists typically work with tasks related to fishery and maritime industry; energy and resources; environmental management and policy; marine, coastal and urban planning. Since the ocean remains a field of continuous exploration many tasks include an element of research.
The program offers two broad 15 ECTS courses. These courses are mandatory for the Master’s Degree in Marine Science. The first course gives an historical perspective on local and global changes in the marine environment.
The second course deals with marine projects, including marine measurement techniques and methods. Students without a marine background are strongly encouraged to start with a basic course in marine science. Each student will get an individual study plan including courses in physical oceanography, marine biology or marine geology, depending on the background of the student.
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Deadline passed
DisciplinesBiology Hydrology & Water Management View 12 other Masters in Hydrology & Water Management in Sweden
- A Bachelor's degree in one of the subjects; marine sciences, biology, chemistry, oceanography or Earth science at an accredited University, including at least 90 ECTS in a the major subject. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.
- Selection: Selection is based upon the number of credit points from previous university studies, maximum 225 hec.
International11246 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 22493 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
EU/EEAFreeTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
- Application fee: 900 SEK
- Full programme cost: 232 806 SEK
- First payment: 58 202 SEK
We are convinced that education and research flourish in an international environment. A mixture of students from different cultures enriches the learning environment and the University believes that motivated students should have a chance to study here even if they don’t have the means to cover all costs.
- The University of Gothenburg Study Scholarship & New Scholarships from Adlerbert Scholarship Foundation
- Swedish Institute's Scholarship
- The Volvo Group Scholarship
- The Richard C. Malmsten Memorial Foundation Scholarship
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.