Programme outline

Number of ECTS credits: 
120
Number of years: 
2
Study language: 
English
In cooperation with: 
International Course Programme co-organized by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Universiteit Antwerpen and Universiteit Gent
Faculty: 
Science and Bio-engineering Sciences
accredited by NVAO
Campus: 
Brussels Engineering, Sciences & Humanities Campus

Pick a programme for Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management:

For regular students
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Bachelor programmes

and equivalents

Master programmes

and equivalents
Master of Science in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management

After the master

 

Master of Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management

Standaard traject
Academic year 2017-2018
The programme puts strong emphasis on acquiring skills, both in marine and lacustrine research and management. It requires full-time attendance and active participation in lectures and practical exercises, visits to marine research centers, field trips and excursions.

The course programme consists of 6 parts:
1. Core courses (45 ECTS-credits)
2. Broadening courses (12 ECTS-credits)
3. Supporting courses (9 ECTS-credits)
4. One major (24 ECTS-credits) to choose out of 4 specialisations:
Major 1: Global Change Impacts on Ecology and Biodiversity
Major 2: Conservation Biology and Ecosystem Management
Major 3: Environmental Impact and Remediation
Major 4: Marine and Lacustrine Geosciences
5. The master thesis (30 ECTS-credits)

For more information: http://www.oceansandlakes.be/.

Core Courses

In this module the student needs to finish all the compulsory courses, choose one field course from Choice 1 (3 ECTS-credits) and choose 6 ECTS-credits from Choice 2.

Compulsory Courses

The compulsory courses cover disciplines which are considered as essential knowledge for a marine and lacustrine scientist.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 36 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Estuarine and Coastal Systems 1st semester 5
Oceanography 1st semester 4
River & Lake Ecology 1st semester 5
Environmental Modelling 2nd semester 3
In-situ and Remote Sensing Tools in Aquatic Sciences 2nd semester 5
Integrated Marine Coastal Ecology Field Course 2nd semester 3
Law and Ethics on Conservation of Aquatic Systems 2nd semester 3
Limnology 2nd semester 5
Seminars: Case Studies on Biodiversity Management biennial: 1st and 2nd semester of an odd academic year 3

Choice 1 - Field Courses

From the courses listed below students must choose 3 ECTS-credits.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 3 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Integrated Field Course at Sea 2nd semester 3
Integrated Limnological Field Course 2nd semester 3

Choice 2 - Monsoon School

From the courses listed below students must choose 6 ECTS-credits. Students can choose 6 ECTS-credits from any Master programme offered by Belgian universities (subject to approval by the chairman of the examination board).
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 6 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Monsoon School biennial: 1st and 2nd semester of an even academic year 6

Broadening Courses

The broadening courses are compulsory.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 12 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Governance and Policy in Development and Cooperation - Part I 1st semester 3
Governance and Policy in Development and Cooperation - Part II 2nd semester 3
Internship 1st and 2nd semester 6

Supporting Courses

Based on student's background and after approval of the chairman of the examination board students must choose 9 ECTS-credits from the courses listed below. At least the level of 'Advanced Applied Statistics' must be reached.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 9 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Analysis of Biological Data 1st semester 6
Conservation Genetics 1st semester 3
Data and Information Management 1st semester 3
Introduction to Marine and Lacustrine Biology 1st semester 3
Mathematics & Basic Statistics 1st semester 3
Advanced Applied Statistics 2nd semester 3
Introduction to GIS 2nd semester 3
Stable Isotope Geochemistry 2nd semester 3
Biogeochemistry biennial: 2nd semester of an even academic year 3

Majors

One major to choose out of 4 specialisations, consisting of 24 ECTS-credits compulsory courses (previously 30 ECTS-credits).

Major Global Change Impacts on Ecology and Biodiversity

Non-biologists should follow the supporting course 'Introduction to Marine and Lacustrine Biology'.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 24 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Aquatic Microbial Ecology 1st semester 6
Marine Extreme Systems 1st semester 6
Marine Food Web Ecology 1st semester 3
Marine Genomics 1st semester 3
Ecology of Coastal Seas 2nd semester 3
Lacustrine Systems 2nd semester 3

Major Conservation Biology and Ecosystem Management

Non-biologists should follow the supporting course 'Introduction to Marine and Lacustrine Biology'.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 24 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Conservation Genetics 1st semester 3
Environmental Impact Assessment 1st semester 3
Integrated Coastal Zone Management 1st semester 3
Law of the Sea and Protection of Oceans 1st semester 3
Marine Biodiversity 1st semester 3
Tropical Marine Ecology and Restoration 2nd semester 3
Marine Fisheries: Ecology and Management 1st and 2nd semester 6

Major Environmental Impact and Remediation

Non-biologists should follow the supporting course 'Introduction to Marine and Lacustrine Biology'. The Integrated Practicals is part of the second year.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 24 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Aquatic Ecotoxicology and Environmental Monitoring 1st semester 6
Environmental Impact Assessment 1st semester 3
Evolutionary and Ecological Physiology 1st semester 6
Integrated Practicals 1st semester 3
Ecosystem Based Adaptation to Global Change 1st and 2nd semester 6

Major Marine and Lacustrine Geosciences

Only available for students with a good geological background, subject to approval by the chairman of the examination board.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 24 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Advanced Sedimentology 1st semester 6
Paleobiology of Micro-Organisms 1st semester 6
Paleoclimatology and Climate Change 1st semester 6
Integrated Offshore Exploration 2nd semester 6

Master thesis

The master thesis stands for 30 ECTS-credits and consists of an individual research project related to ongoing research in one of the associated research groups. Here students choose a subject related to their major.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 30 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Master Thesis: Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management 1st and 2nd semester 30