Master of Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management
 Courses of Oceans & Lakes

The two year programme consists of a total of at least 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). For all course contents please see here.


Core courses

From the courses listed below, students must obtain 36 ECTS

  • Oceanography (4 ECTS)
  • Estuarine and Coastal Systems (5 ECTS)
  • River and lake ecology (5 ECTS)
  • Limnology (5 ECTS)
  • Law and Ethics on Conservation of Aquatic Systems (3 ECTS)
  • In-situ and Remote Sensing Tools in Aquatic Sciences (5 ECTS)
  • Environmental Modelling (3 ECTS)
  • Seminars: Case Studies on Biodiversity Management  (3 ECTS)
  • Integrated Marine Coastal Ecology Field Course ( 3ECTS)

Choice 1 Field Courses

Different field courses will be organized from which the student must choose two (3 credits).
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 3 ECTS.

  • Integrated Field Course at Sea (3 ECTS)
  • Integrated Limnological Field Course (3 ECTS)

Broadening courses

From the courses listed below, students must obtain 12 ECTS

  • Governance and Policy in Development and Cooperation Part I (3 ECTS) and Part II (3 ECTS)
  • Internship (6 ECTS)

Supporting courses (choose at least 9 credits)

  • Data and Information Management (3 ECTS)
  • Introduction to GIS (3 ECTS)
  • Introduction to Marine and Lacustrine Biology (only in 1Ma) (3 ECTS)
  • Biogeochemistry (3 ECTS)
  • Advanced Applied Statistics (3 ECTS)
  • Mathematics & Basic Statistics (only in 1Ma) (3 ECTS)

 Major (27 + 3* credits):

One major to choose out of 4 specialisations, consisting of 27 ECTS-credits compulsory courses and 3 ECTS-credits

1. Biodiversity and Ecology

  • Evolution and Biogeography of Aquatic Organism (3 ECTS)
  • Biodiversity of Aquatic Food Webs (3 ECTS)
  • Ecology of Coastal Seas (3 ECTS)
  • Marine Extreme Systems (3 ECTS)
  • Lacustrine Systems (3 ECTS)
  • Aquatic Microbial Ecology (6 ECTS)
  • Integrated Field Work (6 ECTS)

2. Conservation Biology and Ecosystem Management

  • Management of Aquatic Resources: Fisheries (3 ECTS)
  • Integrated Coastal Zone Management:  Mangroves, Sea-grass Beds and Coral reefs (3 ECTS)
  • Tropical Marine Ecology and Restoration (3 ECTS)
  • Conservation Genetics (3 ECTS)
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (3 ECTS)
  • Law of the Sea and Protection of Oceans (3 ECTS)
  • Marine Biodiversity and Ecology (6 ECTS)
  • Integrated Practicals on Conservation and Management (3 ECTS)

3. Environmental Impact and Remediation

  • Environmental Impact Assessment (3 ECTS)
  • Aquatic Ecotoxicology and Environmental Monitoring (6 ECTS)
  • Ecosystem Based Adaptation to Global Change (6 ECTS)
  • Topics on Anthropogenic Impact in Aquatic Ecosystems (3 ECTS)
  • Evolutionary and Ecological Physiology (6 ECTS)
  • Integrated Practicals (3 ECTS)

4. Marine and Lacustrine Geosciences

  • Advanced Sedimentology (6 ECTS)
  • Paleobiology of Micro-organisms (6 ECTS)
  • Ocean Drilling for Science and Energy (3 ECTS)
  • Stable Isotope Geology (6 ECTS)
  • Paleoclimatology and Climate Change (6 ECTS)

*3 credits to be selected from one of the Belgian Universities, upon programme agreement
 

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More information on the courses can also be found on the VUB website



                                                                                          

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