International Master of Science in
Marine Biological Resources

The International Master in Marine Biological Resources (IMBRSea), is a joint Master programme organized by ten leading European universities in the field of marine sciences: Ghent University (BE), Sorbonne Université (FR), University of the Algarve (PT), University of Oviedo (ES), Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (IE), University of the Basque Country (ES), Polytechnic University of Marche (IT), University of Bergen (NO), Université de Bretagne Occidentale (FR) and Université Côte d'Azur (FR), supported by fourteen Marine Research Institutes belonging to the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC). Based on the objectives of the EMBRC consortium, IMBRSea covers a wide range of subjects related to the sustainable use of marine biological resources. With an emphasis on marine biological and ecological processes, the programme links biology of marine organisms and environmental studies with subjects in marine policy and planning. 

Programme overview

Key Features

  • Study at a choice of 9 European universities and receive one joint degree

  • Complete 120 ECTS over two years including a 30 ECTS thesis

  • Gain access to Europe's top marine research institutes

  • Be part of an international student community

  • Experience the diversity of European marine ecosystems

  • Choose a thematic specialization fit to your own personal interests

  • Gain valuable skills through extensive practical and laboratory training

  • Present your thesis at an international open symposium

  • Research projects as an integral part of your study programme

  • Participate in a 10 days field research project during the IMBRSea Joint School


Mobility & Study Pathways

  1. Start the first semester at Ghent University (BE), University of the Algarve (PT), Université de Bretagne Occidentale (FR) or Oviedo University (ES) and get trained in the basic skills and knowledge in Marine Biological Resources:
  2. Choose a thematic specialization and study at the top universities in these fields in semester 2 and semester 3:
  3. Do a professional practice of at least 6 weeks at the end of semester 2 in a research institute or a professional stakeholder
  4. Develop your own research during semester 4 and present it in a yearly international thesis symposium.


Study Programme

  1. Semester 1: 
    • Marine policy and governance - 3 ECTS
    • Marine genomics - 3 ECTS
    • Quantitative methods in marine science - 6 ECTS
    • Oceanography - 6 ECTS
    • Marine ecology - 6 ECTS
    • Marine GIS and spatial planning - 3 ECTS
    • Transferable skills course - 3 ECTS
  2. Semester 2:
  3. Semester 3:
  4. Semester 4:
    • Master thesis - 30 ECTS

More information about the study programme can be found at:


Career Opportunities

The IMBRSea programme will prepare you for a broad range of careers from academic marine research to working within industry, governmental or non-governmental organisations. Potential roles include:

  • Fisheries biologist
  • Marine consultant
  • Ocean and coastal policy coordinator
  • Contract scientific diver
  • Marine biologist
  • Oceanographer
  • Marine park manager

Entry Requirements

  • A Bachelor, Honours or Master degree in biology, ecology, environmental sciences, oceanography, marine sciences, geography, geology, or other equivalent degrees with a minimum of 180 ETCS at the latest by 1st September of 2018 and for non-European students preferably before 1st March 2018.

  • Knowledge of the English language is considered as a basic requirement. All students must provide evidence of their proficiency in English through one of the following documents:

    • A recent TOEFL Certificate: minimum score: 570 points (paper) or 87 points (internet)
    • A recent IELTS Certificate: minimum score: 6.5
    • A recent Certificate of a University Language Centre testifying that the student masters the necessary knowledge of English to function academically (specify CEF-level / minimum CEF-level B2) 
    • A recent Cambridge English certificate: Cambridge English First (FCE) - grade A or B 
    • A certificate proving that you have followed at least 1 year of higher education in English

Fees & Funding

Study fees for IMBRSea are set at € 4500 for EU students and € 9000 for non-EU students. Fee-waivers have been installed for self-funding students. With a fee-waiver EU students pay € 3500 per year; non-EU students pay € 4500 per year. More information about study costs is available here.

Erasmus Mundus Scholarships are available for academic year 2018. Apply for these scholarships before 30th March 2018. More information on scholarships is available here.

How to Apply

  • Step 1: Preparing for IMBRSea
  • Step 2: make an IMBRSea personal account in the IMBRSea application tool -  enter here
  • Step 3: enter all required data in the IMBRSea application tool enter here:
    • personal data
    • study overview
    • language skills
    • motivation
  • Step 4: submit the IMBRSea application to the IMBRSea coordination office before March 1st 2019. Exceptionally EU-students can apply until May 1st 2019, however it is not possible to apply for an Erasmus Scholarship after March 1st 2019

More information at