Benefits of a joint programme
What you will learn
One degree -
Being a student
The programme is a two-year, full-time study of 120 ECTS, divided into a course part (60 ECTS) and a master's thesis part (60 ECTS). It involves stays at all of the partner universities as described below.
As a requirement of the programme, at least 30 ECTS (20 ECTS in exceptional cases where strong academic reasons apply) must be accomplished at one of the partner universities.
The first semester:
The first semester takes place in Bergen. The semester starts out with an introduction week (usually week 33), with an introduction to the scientific topics to be covered, practical information about the studies and a social programme. A mentor system is applied for the programme, and all the mentors will be present during this first week so that the students can discuss their individual choices of courses, topics for their master's thesis and other academic issues. During the first semester, you also start considering what research topic you want for you master's thesis.
The second semester:
You spend either the whole second semester or a longer part of it at any one of the partner institutions, e.g. in Aarhus, depending on what optional courses you have selected. You also start working on your thesis. During this semester the class is spread out on the partner universities, but all meet up for the following two compulsory courses:
The third and fourth semester:
During the third and fourth semester you will carry out your research project and write your thesis. The master's thesis is an independent research project, carried out from either a biological or from a physical point of view depending on your background. You will have (at least) two supervisors, one from each discipline to ensure the disciplinary and interdisciplinary support and follow-up to the project. You will be sitting at the institution of your main supervisor.
The students are spread out during the third and fourth semester, but meet up for the following compulsory course:
After having successfully completed all the components of the programme, you will be awarded the degree of 'Master of Science in Marine Ecosystem and Climate' with a specialization in biological or physical oceanography. The certificate is a joint diploma carrying the stamps and signatures from all of the partner universities.
Important information regarding visa (most applicable for non-EEA-citizens):
If you plan to stay at one of the partner universities for longer than just for the duration of the compulsory course, make sure to check in time if you need a visa or not.
Last updated: November 2012
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