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The study programme Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management at Wageningen University & Research will teach you how to exploit the ecosystems of the oceans, seas, lakes and rivers without doing them any harm. You will study aquaculture systems, various ways to decrease the impact of human activities on nature, and how to change human perception and behaviour with regard to marine environment. As a result of the various approaches used to address the sustainability question, the Master Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management study programme contains similar elements to other diverse study programmes. Below you will find an overview.

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The Master Environmental Biology (Utrecht University) offers you the Biomarine Science & Palaeoecology specialisation. Within this specialisation you can study effects of the global climate change that we face today by studying biotic responses to past environmental changes in oceans and on land. The purpose is to gather fundamental knowledge of the the role of marine processes in the past, present and future. The Master Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management focuses more on the current interaction between humans and the marine/aquatic environment. Here you will study and develop sustainable applications for present-day management.

The Master Limnology and Oceanography (University of Amsterdam) studies aquatic systems from a biology, physics and chemistry perspective. Both fresh- and salt water systems are covered. It is possible to study the aquatic interaction with society through the specialisation Management, Policy Analysis & Entrepreneurship. In the Master Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management programme, global food provision plays an important role. Especially the societal questions concerning Asian aquaculture places the Wageningen University & Research study programme in a more international context.

The Master Marine Biology (University of Groningen) is both fundamental as well as applied in addressing questions like: ‘How does the biodiversity of the Waddenzee change? or ‘How do oceans react to climate change?’ Just as in Wageningen’s Master Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management, there is close collaboration with research institutes like IMARES and NIOZ. At Wageningen University & Research, the relation between global food provision and the sustainable use of the ecosystem plays a central role which also involves subjects from study programmes outside the biology domain.

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The Master Animal Sciences and Biology (specialisation Marine Biology) focuses on the biological processes and the ecological consequences, whereas the Master Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management focuses on the interaction between the ecological processes and societal demand from a variety of perspectives.

The Master Forest and Nature Conservation addresses terrestrial nature whereas Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management studies marine and aquatic nature. Both focus on the management of living nature including its sustainable use by humans.

The Master Environmental Sciences also focuses on sustainable management and societal demand in the general sense. It may also study the physics-chemistry of the aquatic ecosystem. The Master Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management, however, includes a strong dose of biology and domain knowledge of oceans, coastal areas and lakes as well.

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