MSc Marine Sensors

General information

Oceans and coastal waters are highly complex systems, widely used by humans. To achieve a better understanding of these eco-systems, to record natural and anthropogenic changes and to specify the future development regarding climate change, ocean level, tidal influences, frequency of
storms and biological and chemical parameters, data with different spatial and temporal resolution is needed. This requires innovative measuring tools which are implemented on different platforms such as research vessels, stationary measurement piles, moorings or autonomous and remote-operated underwater vehicles. In this context, sensors and sensor systems are key interdisciplinary technologies for aquatic science and offshore industries.
The Master Study Course Marine Sensors enables students to reach a research-oriented qualification in development, optimization and analyzing of sensors and measuring tools in marine environments.
Students will learn how to conduct independent scientific work and present the results of their own research. This study course is unique and does not overlap with other master programs .

The study course consists of five modules, covering two semesters. A third semester is dedicated for the master thesis.

Marine Sensors I (Summer Semester, 12 credit points):
Basics of metrology and physical principles of basic sensors:
from data acquisition towards processing and evaluation.

Marine System Technology (Summer Semester, 12 credit points):
Impart skills necessary for designing complex data acquisition systems, sensor platforms, protocols encodings, signal characteristics/guidance and characteristics of pressureresistant housings and plugs.

Scientific Practice (Summer Semester, 6 credit points):
Covering the creative process from data acquisition to scientific presentation, basics of project management, acquisition of funding, and scientific reportings including publishing.

Marine Sensors II (Winter Semester, 12 credit points):
Setting individual priorities. students attend four elective subjects to personalize their studies. Lectures and exams are held in English.

Research Project (Winter Semester, 18 credit points):
Working on latest R&D issues in the students’ elected fields. Additional lectures are held on context related data analysis.


The Master course enables graduates to deal independently with marine sensor issues. In the early course of studies, the students will be involved in projects with renown scientists. Graduates cover important demands for interface competence between science and technology.
Among others, this includes implementation and management of R&D activities in research institutes, implementation of monitoring systems, adaptation of measuring procedures, scientific management and consulting for users and customers. After completion potential employment opportunities may be found in research institutions, at public authorities, in sensor and system engineering companies, consulting and sales companies as well as companies dealing with raw materials production and power generation.
If qualified, students can also move on to doctoral studies.

Contact Person: Prof. Dr. Oliver Zielinski (


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

0511 - Biology", "0512 - Biotechnology", "0731 - Marine spatial planning


Venue: University of Oldenburg
Oldenburg, Germany

Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment
Carl-von-Ossietzky-Straße 9-11
D-26111 Oldenburg


Open from
15 Feb 2019 to 31 Mar 2019


The payment of the semester contribution is a prerequisite for enrolment and re-registration for the next semester.

Semester ticket EUR 207,90
Studentenwerk EUR 68,00
Student body EUR 23,30
DIY bicycle repair shop EUR 2,60
Administration EUR 75,00
Semester contribution EUR 376,80


Bachelor's- Degree in Marine Technology or Mechatronics with focus on marine technology or equivalent qualification in a related subject (210 credit points) including knowledge of mathematics, electrical engineering and at least one further subject related to marine technology (material science/ construction design/ manufacturing/ embedded systems, informatics, measurement and control technology).

Applicants holding a Bachelor’s degree based on 180 credit points (three years/ six semesters) or an equivalent qualification may bridge gaps in skills or credit points during an additional semester. The admission committee determines the modules each student has to take. In general, this takes places during the winter semester before the Master’s programme starts in the summer semester.

Admission requirements:

  • Knowledge of mathematics, electrical engineering and at least one further subject related to marine technology (material science/ construction design/ manufacturing/ embedded systems, informatics, measurement and control technology)
  • General interest in oceanic and coastal marine ecosystems
  • Interest in computing applications
  • Interest in understanding complex issues
  • Excellent communications skills and willingness to work in a team
  • English language skills
  • German (no certificate necessary for candidates holding a German Higher Education Entrance Qualification)

German Language Proficiency

  • DSH: Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (Level 2) or
  • TestDaF: Test – Deutsch als Fremdsprache (with level 4 in all four areas)

English Language Proficiency see admissions regulations

  • Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Level B2 or
  • if applicants are native speaker or they have university entrance qualification or a university degree obtained in English

The proof of language proficiency must be presented for the enrolment. 

Application Procedure:

This is an open admissions degree course, and applications are accepted for summer semesters.
The application deadline for the summer semester is 31 March.
The application deadline for the winter semester is only in reasonable cases possible until 30 September.

Please note
For open-admission Master's degree programmes it is strongly recommended to submit their applications as early as possible before 15 July for the winter semester and before 15 January for the summer semester. If the supporting documents are submitted after these dates but before the standard application deadlines, your application can only be processed at the start of the lecture period in the new semester. This may result serious problems (German document).


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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