Marine Sciences, M.Sc. | Utrecht University | Utrecht, Netherlands
24 months
21736 EUR/year
2314 EUR/year
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As part of the Marine Sciences programme at Utrecht University, you will learn how marine systems and processes operate naturally – and how they change through human intervention. The programme offers multidisciplinary cutting-edge knowledge and research in this rapidly developing field.


The Marine Sciences programme at Utrecht University offers multidisciplinary cutting-edge knowledge and research in this rapidly developing field.

Seas and oceans play an important role in our day-to-day lives, and over 65% of the world’s population lives or works in coastal areas. Vital for our economy and health – as well as for climate, food, and biodiversity – seas and oceans have immense societal significance. 

However, the oceans are changing rapidly as human-induced pollution and CO2 emissions lead to warming, acidification and deoxygenation of seas and oceans. The impact on organisms, ocean chemistry, and currents on short to long timescales is uncertain, affecting ecosystems, but also the economy and policymaking.


Job opportunities in the private sector may be at companies focussing on hydrocarbon and mineral exploration and production or offshore and other engineering firms or consultancies. You may also find employment at international organisations that are active in coastal areas and oceans, such as the United Nations. 

Possible opportunities include :

Dutch government authorities

  • Rijkswaterstaat (Public Works and Water Management)
  • ministries such as Infrastructure and the Environment Institutes
  • the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)
  • TNO
  • Deltares
  • IMARES Research Institute
  • the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL)
  • the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)
  • the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI)
  • similar international organisations


Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Making, Analyzing And Interpreting Observations
  • Dynamical Oceanography
  • Earth System Modeling
  • Wave Attractors
  • Paleoceanography And Climate Variability
  • Astronomical Climate Forcing And Time Scales

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

  • The programme Marine Sciences is open to students with a Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject (e.g. earth sciences, biology, physics, chemistry, physical geography, civil or environmental engineering, applied mathematics) or a bachelor’s degree from a University College.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21736 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21736 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2314 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2314 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Utrecht

900 - 1450 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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