Get ready to become a change agent in the scientific research and management of marine and lacustrine systems. The Master of Science in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management is a two-year interuniversity programme (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Ghent University, University of Antwerp) that addresses research and management of aquatic environments, such as oceans, coasts, rivers, lakes, and estuaries.
Human livelihoods directly depend on aquatic ecosystems through the resources they provide, but also through the ecosystem services they offer. Many bodies of water in countries around the world are transboundary, and many are of global importance. This dictates the need for knowledge and understanding of their ecological processes.
The Master of Science in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management (120 ECTS) welcomes participants from partner countries around the world, along with local and other international students, to exploit complementary expertise and strengths through peer training while promoting international networking. The programme focuses on hands-on research, and strongly emphasises development-specific contexts. In addition to intensive coursework and practical training in Flanders (through specialised trajectories and four different majors) the current call includes the development and inclusion of a concrete South component, through course credits (ECTS). Throughout its existence, the ‘Oceans & Lakes’ programme has seen a high return rate amongst professionals and home institutions, demonstrating its effective capacity-building impact.