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Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

M.Sc. On Campus
24 months
245 EUR/year
245 EUR/year
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This joint programme combines the expertise of three Belgian universities on aquatic systems. It not only offers you an insight into the complexity of life and processes in marine environments and lakes. But it also comprises management, policy, commercial aspects of aquatic ecosystems and law. This combination of disciplines makes it a unique programme in Europe.  

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In this Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management programme at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) , students are provided with strong fundamental and applied knowledge and are prepared for an active role in the scientific research and management of marine and lacustrine systems.

In this joint programme on aquatic systems, three universities in Flanders (Belgium) - the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Universiteit Antwerpen and Universiteit Gent combine their expertise. Many other experts and institutions are also involved in on this programme, adding even more knowhow.

A few months abroad?

The departments at all three universities have a whole host of research projects and collaborations from which you can benefit. That means you might spend a few months abroad in the framework of your Master's thesis. You can also include a semester in another (European) country in your study programme or do an internship abroad. 


All degree programmes offered by VUB are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO), ensuring that they meet the highest predefined quality standards. Alongside this official quality control system, VUB has an internal Quality Control Commission in charge of permanently monitoring the quality of education.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Oceanography
  • Estuarine and Coastal Systems
  • Law and Ethics on Conservation of Aquatic Systems
  • In-situ and Remote Sensing Tools in Aquatic Sciences
  • Environmental Modelling
  • Integrated Marine Coastal Ecology Field Course
  • River & Lake Ecology
  • Limnology
  • Seminars: Case Studies on Biodiversity Management

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Direct admission to the programme is granted to holders of a Bachelor in Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Geology, Geography, Geomatics, Bioengineering Sciences, Environmental Sciences.
  • For other Bachelors in science, applied science and life sciences, admission will be evaluated by the Oceans and Lakes Steering Committee based on academic records and skills.
  • Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree of minimum 3 years with good overall scores (at least upper second class or equivalent) from a university or recognised equivalent.

English Language Requirements:

  • TOEFL iBT with minimum level: 79;
  • IELTS with minimum level: academic module 6.5;
  • ITACE with minimum level: B2;
  • Cambridge English Qualification Scale with the following minimal level: 170

Tuition Fee

  • International

    245 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 245 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    245 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 245 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.



The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) participates in many scholarship programmes offering grants to all levels of study (from Bachelor, Master, tp PhD), in various regions, both for short and longer stays.

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Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management
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