Marine Biology

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

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How does climate change affect whales and seals? How does overfishing influence marine food webs? How do we restore and protect the Wadden Sea?

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typeregulier, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee

This Master's programme has a selection procedure and admits a maximum of 30 students per year. For more information about the selection procedure, please check here.

The two-year selective Master's degree programme in Marine Biology focuses on life in our seas and oceans. Whether you are interested in biological oceanography, conservation of marine mammals, coastal marine ecology or genomics, we offer plenty opportunity to receive a well-founded, expansive research-focused academic training in marine biology. Together with your mentor (a professor in the marine biology programme) you will design your own tailored study programme fitting your personal preferences and career plans. The programme also offers a business and policy oriented track.

Our flexible Master's degree programme is open to students with a Bachelor's degree in Biology. We offer a number of mandatory master courses, taught by experienced staff from several research institutes (GELIFES, ESRIG) at the UG and the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ). In addition, we offer elective courses across a wide range of research disciplines, habitats and skill types.

The master programme is heavily research focused. We offer research opportunities with UG staff in the following areas (names of principle investigators in parentheses):

To learn in more detail about the research opportunities at NIOZ and elsewhere, check out the Research Tab (below).

This selective master programme in marine biology is designed for students to start in September as part of an annual cohort. Students who would like start during the academic year are referred to the Master’s programme Biology.

Waarom aan de RUG?

  • Wadden Sea nearby: unique in the world (on UNESCO World Heritage list)
  • Focus on Biology! Research projects on the level of cells, organisms, populations and communities in seas and oceans
  • In cooperation with the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)
  • Throughout the year opportunities to start your individual programme
  • Our faculty is the home of the 2016 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, Ben Feringa, and the Nobel Prize winner in Physics, Frits Zernike


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track Research profile

This is a 2-year programme of 60 credits (ECTs) per year.

You will start with 3 mandatory courses: Principles of Biological Oceanography, Principles of Marine Biology and Principles of Population Genetics in Natural Populations.

These are all 5 ECTs courses. In addition we offer a series of specialized courses in Marine Biology. These courses cover topics including marine community ecology, marine modelling, applied marine biology or marine evolution whereas other courses are geographically oriented (polar ecosystems, Mediterranean rocky shores). Many of our courses are field oriented.

Apart from specialized marine courses you can also choose skills oriented (analytical, statistical) courses. Courses will be taught by lecturers from various research institutes, as well as external experts (mainly NIOZ). After a series of compulsory and facultative courses (in total 40 ECTs max), students will start their first research project. The programme is strongly research oriented and students complete two research projects (typically 40 ECTs and 30 ECTs). The first project is executed at University of Groningen or NIOZ, whereas the second project can be executed anywhere in the world (but needs to be discussed and approved by the student's mentor!). In the final stage of their master, students write an essay and prepare a colloquium (both 5 ECTs).

For the complete curriculum, please see:

track Science, Business & Policy

Interested in the business side of science? You can combine this Master's programme with the Science Business & Policy profile. The SBP profile includes a six-month internship as a scientific advisor.

For the complete curriculum, please see:


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet20% zelfstudie
20% theorie
60% praktijk
study abroad
Exchange: All our science and engineering programmes offer study abroad possibilities at a number of partner institutions, often as a second research project. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2022

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2022
wettelijk tarief : € 2209 (€1105 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 15487
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 18850

1 september 2023

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2023
collegegeld nog niet bekend

The Board of Admissions will decide whether you can be admitted to the Master's degree programme.

Please fill out the checklist to describe why you are applying for this Master's degree programme (questions to be addressed are outlined on the form).

Use the checklist to describe your pre-education.

Provide two reference letters (non EU applicants) or provide the names of those we may contact for reference (EU applicants) using the application form.
Provide a bachelor thesis or another individually written report of an academic assignment. If such a report is not available an assignment will be given by the Board of Admissions.


English proficiency on VWO level is required.

Please note: this Master's degree programme has a selection procedure!

An academic Bachelor's degree in any field of Biological Sciences including a major in any of the following domains: biology, ecology, evolution, theoretical biology, behaviour, marine biology, molecular biology, genetics. Holders of a Dutch HBO Bachelor's degree have to apply for a pre-master programme Biology and may be selected for Marine Biology after completion of the pre-master programme.

Information about admission possibilities and requirements for students from a Dutch HBO institute is published on:

estimated monthly costs

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303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


46 studenten volgen deze opleiding
59% daarvan is vrouw
7 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
100% daarvan is vrouw
29331 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


GLV Idun
GLV Idun is the study association for the bachelor and the master students studying in the Life Sciences at the University of Groningen.
As a study association we have a big and vibrant student society which organizes activities for students by students. If you are interested in joining social, educational or career activities you are at the right place with us. Because we organize over 175 activities in a year. To just name a few in our wide range of activities: the first year introduction camp, our monthly parties, weekly drinks on campus, exam support sessions, symposia, trips abroad and company visits.
But if you want to do more than just join these activities, you can also become part of one of our 20 committees and organize these events together with a group of committee members. As an association we are constantly searching for new members that feel passionate about taking up the responsibility of organizing activities and join a committee. If you become part of a committee you will not only gain a new group of friends, you will also gain unique organizational experiences and become part of the active group of people within our beautiful association.
If you want to know more, you can always find more info on our website: or shoot an email to

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Genome of the flowering plant that returned to the sea

Researchers performing phytoplankton sampling in the Antarctic

Research on paddlefish
Finding out how paddlefish gills work

Feiten en / studie in cijfers


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De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Marine Biology aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 15 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.1 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

  • About one third of the graduates continue in academic research with the pursuit of their PhD degree in The Netherlands or abroad.
  • About one third of the graduates continue in various kinds of research and management related to fisheries and coastal zone management.
  • About one third of the graduates work in the public sector, for example in journalism, teaching or communication.

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UULeraar VHO scheikunde full-time,part-time educational+ 30 EC pre-master
Amsterdam UVALerarenopleiding Biologie educationalgeen aanvullende eisen
Amsterdam UVALerarenopleiding Biologie part-time educationalgeen aanvullende eisen
Amsterdam UVALerarenopleiding Scheikunde educational+ 21 EC pre-master
TU EindhovenLeraar VHO Scheikunde educational+ 27 EC pre-master
TU DelftLeraar VHO Scheikunde educational+ 27 EC pre-master

Potentiële beroepen

phd research position
research and management related to marine biology
work in the public sector
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