International Programmes 2020/2021

International Studies in Aquatic Tropical Ecology, ISATEC (Study Profile in the Marine Biology MSc Programme) International Studies in Aquatic Tropical Ecology

University of Bremen • Bremen

Degree
Master of Science (MSc) in International Studies in Aquatic Tropical Ecology
In cooperation with
Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (http://www.leibniz-zmt.de) Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (http://www.awi.de) Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology (http://www.mpi-bremen.de)
Teaching language
  • English
Languages

The programme is completely taught in English.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Beginning
Winter semester
Application deadline

Deadline for DAAD scholarship applicants (only applicable to citizens of developing countries): 15 October one year prior to the intended start of the study programme
Deadline for others: 30 April of the year of the intended start

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
None
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
No
Joint degree / double degree programme
No
Description/content

ISATEC is a study profile in the international postgraduate Marine Biology MSc study programme at the University of Bremen. ISATEC focusses on tropical aquatic ecology and is conducted in collaboration with the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) and the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI). The study profile aims at the joint education and specialisation of German and foreign postgraduate students in the field of tropical aquatic ecology. Students gain broad knowledge in theoretical and applied ecology, with an emphasis on concepts and methodologies for the sustainable utilisation and conservation of tropical aquatic ecosystems. Thus, general ecology as well as fisheries biology, aquaculture sciences, ecological economics and social sciences relevant to coastal planning and management are crucial parts of the study programme. To meet the worldwide challenges of effectively assessing and managing resource use conflicts in coastal environments, highly qualified personnel is urgently needed. The Master of Science course in Tropical Aquatic Ecology has been developed at the University of Bremen and the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research in order to meet these challenges by providing young scientists with the necessary knowledge and skills.

Course organisation

The programme takes two years to complete and includes a thesis. The first two semesters consist of teaching modules, composed of theoretical and practical courses. During the third semester, students are required to study at one of the tropical partner institutions / universities of ZMT / University of Bremen on topics related to problems of the use and management of aquatic resources and environments and will collect data for their Master's thesis, which will be written during the fourth semester.

A Diploma supplement will be issued
Yes
International elements
  • Integrated study abroad unit(s)
Integrated study abroad unit(s)

During the third semester, students are required to study at one of the tropical partner institutions / universities of ZMT / University of Bremen. This research stay enables students to acquire field work experience in tropical coastal environments and to become involved with problems of the use of aquatic resources.

Special promotion / funding of the programme
  • DAAD development-related postgraduate course
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
No
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
No
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
None
Semester contribution
The semester contribution is approx. 385 EUR per semester. This covers the registration as a student, public transport within Bremen and its surroundings, and reduced prices at the student refectory.
Costs of living
The costs of living amount to about 750 EUR. There are no examination fees.
Funding opportunities within the university
No
Academic admission requirements

Applicants wishing to participate in the ISATEC programme must have completed their undergraduate studies and hold a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in biological or environmental sciences with an overall grade of at least 2.5 according to the German grading scheme. Applications may already be submitted before the previous study degree (i.e. usually BSc) has been finished, when at least 135 ECTS have been fulfilled. In those cases, admission can be granted on the condition that the previous degree will be successfully finished by 30 September. Furthermore, applicants are expected to state their motives for participation in a letter of motivation to be submitted with the application. Fluency in English according to level C1 is required and must be demonstrated, for instance, by a TOEFL or IELTS test.

Language requirements

Fluency in English is required according to level C1 of the European reference scheme for language skills and must be verified by a TOEFL test (iBT 95), IELTS (7.0) or equivalent documents.
If the last academic degree was obtained at a school or university where the primary language of instruction was English, language skills are accepted as sufficient.

Application deadline

Deadline for DAAD scholarship applicants (only applicable to citizens of developing countries): 15 October one year prior to the intended start of the study programme
Deadline for others: 30 April of the year of the intended start

Submit application to

https://www.uni-bremen.de/en/master

Applicants apply for the Marine Biology MSc programme and state that they will apply for the ISATEC study profile.

Possibility of finding part-time employment

Due to the intensive courses and the tight programme structure, there is hardly any possibility to work while studying, but there are opportunities to participate in research projects as student assistants. The Career Center on campus also provides employment possibilities.

Accommodation

ISATEC students find accommodation in the university residence halls and in private apartments and shared flats.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Tutors
  • Buddy programme
  • Accompanying programme
  • Specialist counselling

University of Bremen

University location