Marine masters summer course

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Introductory, multidisciplinary Masters Summer Course in marine research 2018

NIOZ offers an annual Marine Masters Summer Course that gives insight into state-of-the-art marine research. This introductory, multidisciplinary course is hosted at NIOZ Texel, with the western Wadden Sea as hands-on research area. The 2018 edition will take place from 1 to 13 July at NIOZ, location Texel.

Have you always dreamt of becoming the next Jacques Cousteau? Are you fascinated by the deep oceans, a world more unknown to us as the galaxy? Or do you want to know more about life in and on the mud of the coastal tidal flats? NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research offers an introductory, multidisciplinary oceanography masters’ summer course which gives insight into state-of-the-art marine research in the Netherlands. The course covers physics, chemistry, biology, geology as the pillars of oceanography, and offers practical experience in marine research. It is hosted at NIOZ Texel and uses the western Wadden Sea as hands-on research area.

Learning objectives of the course are to:

  • identify current topics in the marine sciences, ranging from marine biology, physical oceanography and marine chemistry to marine geology;
  • identify and describe methods of sampling and observation commonly used in oceanography, including techniques and instruments used on research vessels;
  • conduct a group-based research project using basic sampling techniques to collect data in the field, perform laboratory analyses, analyse and interpret obtained data and prepare a presentation of the results;
  • present and discuss research results in a multidisciplinary framework.

Course content
The course includes a pre-course reading assignment, classroom lectures, field- and lab work, data analysis and an oral presentation. First, a series of introductory lectures on physical oceanography, marine chemistry, marine geology and marine ecology will be given, later followed by presentations on selected topics representing current research activities at NIOZ. Various equipment and methods of sampling and data collection in the field and in the NIOZ labs will be demonstrated. A major part of the course will be devoted to individual research projects, which will be supervised by researchers from NIOZ. Students will sample and collect data in small groups in the western Wadden Sea on the research vessels Navicula and Stern and/or on the tidal flats. This will be followed by laboratory work, analysis and interpretation of acquired data and the preparation of a presentation. Assessment will be based on demonstrated performance during practical work, data analysis and the oral presentation of the results at the end of the course.

Contact Person: Dörte Poszig (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0511 - Biology", "0532 - Marine Geology", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography


Venue: NIOZ
Texel, Netherlands


Open from
1 Nov 2017 to 31 Mar 2018


The course is held at NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research on Texel. Participants will be staying at the Potvis Campus, ‘t Horntje, Texel, in 4- or 5-person dormitory rooms or other similar accommodation close-by. A contribution of € 330 is charged for lodging and meals.


The course is open to students with a Bachelor’s degree in studies related to oceanography from Dutch as well as foreign universities. Bachelor students who have completed their Bachelor course work, but have not yet obtained their degree, can also apply. Applications by students in their first or second year of their master studies will be given priority. The course is limited to 40 students. Proficiency in English is required.

Application Procedure:

To apply for participation in the course, please register between 1 November, 2017 and 31 March, 2018 via the online registration form. Students will be informed about the selection outcome no later than 15 April, 2018.


Academic level: Master


NIOZ will inform the student's university about his/her participation in the course as well as the student's grade. Participation is rewarded with 3,5 - 4 ECTS, depending on university (ECTS will be granted by the student's university).

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