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The master's 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 role of marine processes in the past, present and future. The master's 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. Utrecht University also provides the master's Marine Sciences that focuses on physical, chemical, biological and geological processes taking place in seas and oceans.
The master's Biological Sciences, track ‘Freshwater & Marine Biology’ (formerly: Limnology and Oceanography) at the 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 major Science in Society. In the master's Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management programme, societal questions such as global food provision play an important role. Especially questions concerning Asian aquaculture place the Wageningen University & Research study programme in a more international context.
The master's 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's Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management, there is close collaboration with research institutes like Wageningen Marine Research (formerly: IMARES) and NIOZ.
The master's Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management in Wageningen differs from the abovementioned programmes because of its focus on the present interaction between humanity and the marine and aquatic environment, sustainable management and governance. Our programme addresses food supply and sustainable use, conservation and restoration of marine and aquatic ecosystems and resources, by combining ecological, technological and socio-economic approaches.
Compare with similar study programmes outside the Netherlands
Several universities in Northwest Europe provide comparable master’s programmes in English, but the master's Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management in Wageningen is one of the few integrating aquaculture, marine ecology and governance.
The Aquaculture programmes at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences NMBU, and Nord University in Norway and Ghent University in Belgium, mainly concentrate on aquaculture and production. The Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology programme at the University of Aberdeen in the UK, focuses also on renewable marine energy resources. The Marine Technology programme at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU has a specialisation in Marine Resources and Aquaculture, which focuses on environmental impact of marine production and on sustainable production of renewable marine resources. The Aquatic Science and Technology programme of the Danish Technical University contributes to sustainable harvest and production, and assessment and management of environmental change and of human impact on aquatic ecosystems. The Marine Conservation programme at University of Aberdeen in the UK solely looks into marine conservation issues. And the Aquaculture programme at the Institute of Aquaculture in Stirling, UK, comprises a broad field with the specialisations Sustainable Aquaculture, Aquaculture and the Environment, Aquaculture Business Management and Aquaculture and Development.
Compare the master's Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management with similar study programmes at Wageningen University & Research
The master's Animal Sciences and the master's Biology (specialisation Marine Biology) focus on the biological processes and the ecological consequences, whereas the master's Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management focuses on the interaction between the ecological processes and societal demand from a variety of perspectives.
The master's 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's 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's Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management, however, includes a strong dose of biology and domain knowledge of oceans, coastal areas and lakes as well.