Nordic Seas


Benefits of a joint programme

What you will learn


One degree -
four universities

and admission

Being a student

Research networks




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Benefits of the programme


Educational profile

The aim of the Joint Nordic Master's Programme in Marine Ecosystems and Climate is to provide a curriculum where students in biological and physical oceanography or related subjects will be trained in interdisciplinary problem-solving, while at the same time maintaining a strong disciplinary competence. Students achieve both the academic foundation and the contact network necessary for productive future interdisciplinary research and collaboration, but also for more traditional careers within their field.


Fisheries activities and other utilization of the sea have been important sources of income for the Nordic countries throughout history and today. Access to this wealth carries with it a responsibility for knowledge-based utilization and management. Scientists have explored the oceans for centuries, but even though there are strong links between the marine organisms and ecosystems and their physical environment, the research and education within biological and physical oceanography have traditionally been carried out without much interaction. The changing climate and increased contamination and stress on the marine systems, both in Nordic waters and globally, are now finding their way higher up on both scientific and political agendas. The future calls for strengthened competence and innovative approaches to a range of marine problems of an interdisciplinary character.

International degree

The Nordic countries carry a long and well-reputed tradition of marine research in marine biology as well as in physical oceanography, meteorology and climate research. The institutions behind the programme are the Universities of Bergen, Iceland, Aarhus and the Faroe Islands (the MARECLIM network) - all universities intensively involved in marine research and with well-established international cooperation. Throughout the programme, the students will benefit from the facilities and expertise of all of the partner institutions. The programme is fully integrated in the study offers of all four universities, and the joint diploma will serve as a broad base for further scientific studies (PhD) or for other careers in the societies of the partnering countries or abroad.

Last updated: November 2012
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