Programme - Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management

The MSc Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management (MAM) is a two year programme, which comprises of 120 credits (ECTS). The programme consists of various courses, an internship and a research thesis which are carried out within one of the three specialisations.

Schematic outline MAM programme
Schematic outline MAM programme

You start the MAM programme by taking courses that will give you a common basis on aquaculture and marine resources management.

Then you chose one of three specialisations in which you will take deepening courses that will prepare you for your thesis.

In the Academic Consultancy Cluster you will share (interaction) and intergrade your knowledge with (the knowledge of) other students in multidisciplinary teams.

Compulsory courses

Compulsory courses must be successfully completed by all students taking part in the MAM programme:

  • Marine Systems (6 ECTS): In this course you will learn about the principles of (marine) ecology and the governance of marine systems. Essential in this course are excursions to marine areas in The Netherlands.
  • Life History of Aquatic Organisms (6 ECTS): This course deals with the biology and ecology of aquatic organisms, with an emphasis on life history theory. The focus in this course lies with animal species, especially those which are important for fisheries, aquaculture and nature conservation.
  • Trends in Aquaculture (6 ECTS): This course enables students to understand the biological and technical possibilities in the aquaculture sector as well as the globalised context in which the sector develops.
  • Advanced Statistics (6 ECTS): In this course you will learn about data collection, analysing data with SPSS and R and interpreting results of these analyses.


The MSc Aquaculture and marine resources management offers three specialisations:

Specialisation courses

Within a specialisation you take one specialisation course and a thesis preparing course (restricted optional). Which courses are required varies among the specialisations.

Academic Consultancy Cluster

In the Academic Consultancy Cluster you either follow the Academic Consultancy Training or European Workshop Environmental Sciences and Management or Research Master's Cluster for Animal Sciences course.

In the first two courses you work in a multidisciplinary (and preferably multicultural) group of students. The courses train you in the application of master's level academic skills in an almost professional setting of a consultancy team working for a true client on a real work assignment.

In the Research Master's Cluster you are prepared for a career as a scientist by acquiring professional skills in writing a research proposal.

Optional courses

Optional courses can be selected from any relevant MSc programme offered either at Wageningen University & Research or any other academic institution (subject to approval).

The combination of specialisation and optional courses gives students the opportunity to graduate with the profile that is tailor made to their specific interests.

Courses of the MSc Aquaculture and Marine resource management are listed in the online Study Handbook.


The education of the courses is done by chair groups which host special chairs in specific areas of marine ecosystems studies, e.g. shellfish farming, sustainable fisheries management, marine ecology and conservation of marine mammals, water quality or marine policy.

Research institute IMARES (the institute for Marine Resources and Ecosystem Studies) is part of Wageningen University & Research. This makes it possible to provide unique training opportunities in the marine field.

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