Marine Biology

Marine Biology is a specialisation within the MSc Programme in Biology which leads to the English title: MSc in Biology with a Qualification Profile in Marine Biology.

Below you can read the competence profile and see an illustration of the structure of the specialisation.

On completion of the programme, an MSc in Biology with a specialisation in Marine Biology has acquired the following:

Knowledge about:

  • The complexity of marine ecosystems, biodiversity as well as the conversion of energy and matter in the ocean.
  • Marine habitat types, their distribution, structure and origin.
  • Marine microorganisms and animal groups, their relationship, morphology, physiology as well as feed intake and life history strategies.

Skills to:

  • Collect, identify and categorise marine organisms into overall groups.
  • Use genetic methods in species identification and typing.

Competencies to:

  • Describe the structure and function of marine ecosystems on a micro, macro and mega scale.
  • Explain the fluxes of energy and organic and inorganic matter in marine systems.
  • Explain how marine organisms adapt to the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of different ecosystems as well as how they respond to changes in them.
  • Analyse and interpret highly complex marine data using modern methods of quantitative analysis.

Programme structure for the specialisation in Marine Biology:

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3  Block 4
Year 1

Marine Biology (course database) Restricted elective course Restricted elective course Elective course
Restricted elective course Restricted elective course Elective course
Year 2 Thesis

Restricted elective courses

Choose your restricted elective courses from the list below. Click on each course for a detailed description.