Marine Sciences is an interdisciplinary Master’s programme combining biology, chemistry, geochemistry and earth sciences. You’ll focus on “Marine systems and processes” as a whole. You’ll be studying how these systems operate naturally and how they change through human intervention. Specifically, some of the crucial questions you’ll look at are:

  • How does global warming and changing ocean circulation impact ecosystem functioning?
  • How do changing ecosystems affect ocean chemistry?
  • How does a change in ocean chemistry, in turn, impact biology?


Attention to sustainable development and innovation in order to maintain and preserve our planet, is important in education and research of the Faculty of Geosciences. This Master's programme is part of the Graduate School Geosciences and is organized by the Teaching Institute Earth Sciences, a joint organisational unit of the Departments of Earth Sciences and Physical Geography.


The study programme indicates the structure and progress of the Master's programme. Check the schedules to see how the academic year and the courses are organised. You can find more information on the different compulsory and (extra) optional components of the programme here.