24 months
980 EUR/year
980 EUR/year
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This Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management programme at  Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) offers a multidisciplinary approach to marine and lacustrine systems.  It integrates physical, chemical, geological, ecological and societal aspects and encourages students to also consider conservational and sustainability features.

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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 Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management programme at  Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)   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?

A master degree opens doors in many different branches and sectors. You will be able to work in the private sector, (non-) governmental organisations, or continue your academic career as a PhD researcher. Not sure what your next step should be? The VUB helps you with your first steps on the job market.

The programme aims to provide you with strong fundamental and applied knowledge for scientific research and management of marine and lacustrine systems. It prepares you to play an active role in research, policy and management. This multidisciplinary Master’s diploma is your ticket to a fascinating professional world and can be the start of an international career. The integration of knowledge from across various disciplines is valuable, and you can contribute significantly in various jobs that are concerned with marine and lacustrine domains anywhere in the world.


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.

Other requirements

General requirements

This programme is open to holders of a bachelor’s degree in:

  • Bachelor in Biology
  • Bachelor in Biochemistry
  • Bachelor in Biotechnology
  • Bachelor in Chemistry
  • Bachelor in Geology
  • Bachelor in Geography
  • Bachelor in Geomatics
  • Bachelor in Bioengineering Sciences
  • Bachelor in 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.

Language requirements

Students who wish to register for a VUB programme with English as the language of instruction, need to provide a proof of sufficient knowledge of English.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    980 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 980 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    980 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 980 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Brussels

885 - 1305 EUR /month
Living costs

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



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.

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.

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