• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The master Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management is a two-year MSc programme at Wageningen University and Research. Oceans, seas, estuaries and lakes are major providers of ecosystem goods and services such as tourism and coastal protection. In many cases, exploitation levels have bypassed the carrying capacity of these ecosystems leading to devastating effects on the ecosystem functioning.


To preserve marine biodiversity and its ecosystem functions, innovative and sustainable solutions are necessary. Therefore, there is a need for young professionals who know how to take an integrative approach to marine ecosystems management.

The Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management programme at Wageningen University and Research starts with courses that will give you a common basis on aquaculture and marine resources management. Then you chose one of three specialisations in which you will take deepening courses that will prepare you for your thesis.

In the Academic Consultancy Cluster you will share (interaction) and intergrade your knowledge with (the knowledge of) other students in multidisciplinary teams.

Future career - Aquaculture and Marine Resource ManagementProfessional

As a professional, you usually work in multidisciplinary teams for aquaculture and fisheries companies, feed producers, public aquaria in zoo’s or in ornamental fish production and husbandry.


You can work as a consultant or as policy advisor for multilateral, national and regional governmental agencies or NGO’s (World Bank, FAO, ministries, provinces, water boards, WWF, the North Sea foundation, and many others).

Moreover, at private companies there is an increasing demand for production chain management (e.g. Aholt, Heiploeg).


If you are interested in research, then you can choose universities or research institutes as your future professional environment.

Working abroad

You can also choose to start your own business as a fish producer or consultant. National borders will not hold you back: everywhere you go in the Netherlands, throughout Europe or across the world, you will encounter graduates from this programme.

Programme Structure

Compulsary courses
  • Marine Systems (6 ECTS): In this course you will learn the principles of (marine) ecology and the governance of marine systems. An essential part of the course is a weekend on the island of Texel, including a boat trip on the North Sea and the Wadden Sea.
  • Life History of Aquatic Organisms (6 ECTS): This course deals with the biology and ecology of aquatic organisms, with an emphasis on life history theory. The focus in this course lies with animal species, especially those which are important for fisheries, aquaculture and nature conservation.
  • Trends in Aquaculture (6 ECTS): This course enables students to understand the biological and technical possibilities in the aquaculture sector as well as the globalised context in which the sector develops.
For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: If you wish to qualify for OKP the deadline is 15 January
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

Enrolment in an MSc Programme at Wageningen University & Research requires:

  • A BSc degree (or equivalent) in a field of science relevant to your selected programme
  • A Grade Point Average (GPA) for this BSc of at least 70% of the maximum grade
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken
  • Good skills in mathematics and/or statistics
  • Basic computer skills
  • For more information, please visit the programme website.

    Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      18600 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 18600 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
    • EU/EEA Applies to you

      2083 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 2083 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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    Living costs for Wageningen

    • 700 - 800 EUR/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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