ULg organizes a 2-year master (120 ECTS) that is aimed at forming multidisciplinary graduates of transverse research profile. The first year of the master offers background courses in the different domains of oceanography (e.g. biological, chemical, physical, geological and satellite oceanography, marine ecology, modelling, meteorology, coastal processes, law of the sea, valorisation of marine resources) and includes a 2-weeks practical work at the marine research station of the Liege University STARESO (link). The second year is organized in modules (e.g. “Biogeochemistry and climate change”, “Marine biodiversity and Ecology”, ‘Modelling and Operational Oceanography”, “Marine resources and anthropogenic pressures”, “Data collection and analysis”) that propose advanced lectures targeted towards the formation of professionals of the sea. Every student has the possibility to compose an individually-tailored study programme, by combining the different disciplines according to their interests. In order to give the students a practical view of oceanography, students will have the opportunity to perform a 1-month traineeship in a non-academic organisation (e.g. private companies, research institutes). Additionally, exchanges with people from the professional domain will be fostered by inviting them as co-lectures in specific topics and through the organisation of “the career day”. Students will also have the possibility to take part in the annual Liege Ocean colloquium which is an international reference event in the field of oceanography since 50 years. They will be assisted by a mentor who will accompany and introduce them in the ocean scientific community. At the end of this second year, students have to submit a master thesis dissertation. This master thesis can be realized in collaboration with a non-academic actor or partially in an associated foreign institution (e.g. applying for Erasmus fellowships).

A full list of courses and their associated learning outcomes, credit point values, assessment methods, and pre-requisites is available in the study programme.

The programme is aimed at:

  • Forming multidisciplinary oceanographers of transverse research profile;
  • developing the student’s critical mind which is a necessity for every scientist;
  • giving the students the possibility to enter into the international ocean science community by allowing them to participate (with a mentor) to the Liege colloquium and in project meetings;
  • developing the student’s communication skills targeted towards different audiences;
  • providing students with the adequate knowledge, skills and competence by creating partnerships between trainers and non-academic actors in order to give the students a practical view a part from the theoretical one.