International Master of Science in
Marine Biological Resources

From Academic year 2020-2021 onwards (starting in September 2020) a new version of the IMBRSea programme will be launched. More partners will join the consortium and specialization modules will be updated in order to reflect the current needs of the labour market.  On December 1st 2020 a new website will be launched with the new programme as well as with news on how to apply!  In case you wish to be informed by email when the new website becomes online, please leave your contact details via the following form:

In case you wish to be informed by email when the new website becomes online, please leave your contact details via the following form:

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. 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. 

The Full partner Universities are:

  • Ghent University - UGent (BE)
  • Sorbonne Université - SU (previously: UPMC) (FR)
  • University of the Algarve - UAlg (PT)
  • University of Oviedo - UniOvi (ES)
  • Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT (IE)
  • University of the Basque Country - UPV/EHU (ES)
  • Polytechnic University of Marche - Univpm (IT)
  • University of Bergen - UiB (NO)
  • Université de Bretagne Occidentale - UBO (FR)
  • Université Côte d'Azur - UCA (FR) (NEW)

The programme is further supported by fourteen Marine Research Institutes belonging to the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC) and other associate partners.

Essential information summary

Key Features

  • Study at a choice of 10 European universities and receive one joint degree

  • Complete 120 ECTS credits 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

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

  • Present your thesis at an international open symposium


Mobility & Study Pathways

  1. Start the first semester with the Fundamentals Module at Ghent University (BE), University of the Algarve (PT), Université de Bretagne Occidentale (FR) or University of Oviedo (ES) and get trained in the basic skills and knowledge in Marine Biological Resources
  2. Choose a thematic module and study at the top universities in one of these specialization fields in semester 2 and semester 3. You will stay in this thematic module throughout the programme
  3. Perform a professional practice of at least 6 weeks at the end of semester 2 in a research institute or a professional stakeholder
  4. Develop a research project from hypothesis to report during the Joint School (10 days)
  5. Develop your thesis research during semester 4 and present it during the yearly Annual Symposium


Study Programme

  • Semester 1 (same course contents, regardless your start university)
    • 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
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 3
    • Joint School - 6 ECTS
    • Thematic Module 2 - 18 ECTS
    • Thesis Preparation - online course - 6 ECTS 
  • Semester 4
    • Master thesis - 30 ECTS

More information about the study programme can be found here

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.
Alumni indicated to find a job soon after their graduation (>55% within the first 6 months).

Our alumni mainly work in the following sectors:

  • academic (research and education)
  • biodiversity and ecology
  • conservation
  • NGO
  • policy and management

Potential jobs therefore include:

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

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.

Information about scholarships is available here.

How to Apply

In order to be accepted to the programme (with our without scholarship), you need to submit an application form.
The full application process is exhaustively explained on
A summary:

  • Step 1: Check the admission requirements
  • Step 2: make an IMBRSea personal account in the IMBRSea application tool
  • Step 3: enter all required data in the IMBRSea application tool
    • personal data
    • study overview
    • language skills
    • motivation
    • ...
  • Step 4: submit the online application to the IMBRSea coordination office, respecting the deadlines
  • Step 5: if admitted, submit the hard copy application to the IMBRSea coordination office