Sea and Society, M.Sc. | University of Gothenburg | Göteborg, Sweden
24 months
11390 EUR/year
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The Sea and Society programme of the University of Gothenburg is a programme where students, teachers, researchers, and practitioners from different disciplines come together to learn, exchange, and create new knowledge about the sustainable use of the sea and its resources.



Our ocean is under increasing pressure from unsustainable human activities; yet, we depend on it. From overfishing, to rapid coastal development, to increased pollution, marine resources are deteriorating at an increasing rate, resulting in conflicts and loss of biodiversity. To understand and manage this complexity, integrated knowledge from several disciplines is needed, including history, social sciences, economy, law, and natural sciences; thus, we developed a new master’s programme called Sea and Society.

Broad training for a career in various fields

The coursework of the Sea and Society programme of the University of Gothenburg addresses the historical relationship between humans and the sea, sustainable use and spatial context of marine resources, and the governance and management of the marine environment. Lectures, seminars, group and individual projects, and written reports are complemented with opportunities to access our unique marine infrastructure. Some courses integrate field trips to Kristineberg Marine Research Station and Tjärnö Marine Laboratory. Additionally, you will attend seminars like the Sea and Society Talks and visits to authorities and intergovernmental organizations.

Leading the way in research-based sustainable action

The University hosts the Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment and the Centre for Sea and Society – a collaborative environment where academia, actors from society and private sector meet, listen, share knowledge about the sea and society, and produce research results that can contribute to innovation and a sustainable blue growth. The Centre collaborates with Swedish marine environmental authorities to ensure current research results are applied in managing the sea. We welcome a diverse array of guest lecturers from the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, County Administrative Boards, Environmental courts, the Gothenburg Region, the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, the Maritime Museum, and universities in Sweden, Norway, and Ireland.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • The Sea and Society Relationship: Historical Perspectives, Present Status, and Future Challenges
  • Blue Economy and Sustainable Use of Marine Resources
  • European Marine Directives and Policies: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
  • Seascape Governance in Times of Global Change
  • International Law in the Maritime Context
  • Maritime Environmental Law

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

  • A Bachelor's degree (180 credits)
  • English B/English 6 at upper secondary level or equivalent IELTS 6.5 where no section may be less than 5.5, or TOEFL 575 points, TWE 4.5 points
  • Your application should include a motivation letter and CV

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    11390 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22780 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.
  • Full education cost: 2428,000 SEK
  • No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students

Living costs for Göteborg

7552 - 13932 SEK /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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