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The north-western region of Germany offers an exceptionally wide spectrum of Master courses in different fields of marine sciences. Admission to a master programme requires the successful completion of a Bachelor degree. In Germany, master programmes normally consist of two years of study including a combination of taught courses and individual project work. All master programmes end with a master thesis project during the final semester.

Master Programmes


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University of Applied Science Bremerhaven

The above listed master study programmes are offered within the Northwest Germany Marine Research Association (Nordwestverbund Meeresforschung) by the Universities of Bremen and Oldenburg as well as the University of Applied Science Bremerhaven in close cooperation with the leading research institutions Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Center for Marine Environmental Science (MARUM), Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM), Jacobs University Bremen (JUB), Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT), Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology (MPI-MM) and Senckenberg am Meer (SaM).

German universities do not offer Master by Research (M.Res.) degrees without taught courses. In line with the standards set by the European Credit Transfer System, students need to obtain / will obtain 120 ECTS. All Master programmes offered here do not charge tuition fees, but students will have to cover semester fees of ca. Euro 300/330 per term and additional health insurance costs. A major fraction of the semester fee covers the student semester ticket, which allows students to use public transport (bus, tram, local trains) in and around their study place to the cooperating universities and institutions for free. Teaching at the master level is mostly done in English. Further details including information about admission regulations and costs can be found on the specific homepages.