After graduation

Are you looking to play an active role in research, policy and management? To contribute to the conservation and sustainability of our oceans and lakes? The world is your oyster with a master's degree in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management! Armed with the multidisciplinary expertise and experience gained in this programme, you'll have the underlying foundation and necessary capacities to contribute to the most up-to-date forms of education, pure and applied research and policy-supporting assignments. Anywhere in the world.

What have you learnt?

Our programme is designed to provide you with strong fundamental and applied knowledge for scientific research and management of marine and lacustrine systems. It prepares you for an active role in research, policy and management. This multidisciplinary master's degree is your ticket to a fascinating professional world and can be the start of an international career. The integration of knowledge across various disciplines is valuable, allowing you to contribute significantly in a multitude of jobs concerning marine and lacustrine domains anywhere in the world.

Further study?

Keen to continue your academic career? You can apply for a PhD position at VUB! All you need is a promoter, research subject and sufficient funding. Are you up for the challenge? Or look into our Postgraduates and Microcredentials, short programmes that might meet your interest.

What professions will it allow you to enter?

The future of our oceans and lakes is a global concern, which explains the international appeal of our programme. With such diverse company, you gain different perspectives, which we also emphasise with case studies on local and national policies and management practices in studentsโ€™ and professorsโ€™ countries of origin.

Thereโ€™s plenty of opportunity for practical experience too, thanks to laboratory and field training sessions, individual and group assignments, report presentations and discussion seminars, visits to marine research centres, excursions and internship... Not to mention your individual masterโ€™s thesis, which may be either field or laboratory based and includes governance or policy analyses.

You benefit from the contacts and expertise of not one, but three high-quality Belgian universities: VUB, Ghent University and the University of Antwerp. The biology departments and research groups of all three are involved in developing and maintaining innovative and internationally recognised research programmes, along with a variety of international research networks.

Do you know that VUB sometimes looks for Marine and Lacustrine scientists?

That's right! You can build an exciting and meaningful career as a Marine and Lacustrine scientist here at your alma mater. As a large organisation we look for very diverse profiles.

Find out our vacancies

Join our community of former students

On graduation from VUB you become part of a unique network of 75,000 former students (known as alumni) who are ready to build a better future. We exchange as many experiences, ideas and other forms of knowledge as possible to stand stronger together in our jobs, our lives and the world outside.

So, besides strengthening your position on the labour market, a VUB diploma gives you a network you can build on to realise your professional ambitions and make a difference in the world. Do you need more reasons? We list more below for you.

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... it's worth it!

  • Benefits on and off campus - A BasicFit annual subscription at half the price, student rates in the Resto... : being a former student pays off with a digital alumni pass.
  • Help with job applications - It is sometimes hard for young alumni to find their way on the labour market. We help you get off to a flying start.
  • Networkingย -ย Join your faculty or study-programme alumni association and keep up to date with the latest networking events and developments in your field.
  • Career inspiration - Are you looking for a job that matches your passions? Read the career stories and tips of former students and discover the possibilities per diploma.
  • Our continuing education - Society and the labour market are constantly on the move. Our continuing education courses keep your knowledge and skills relevant. For a lifetime.

More about our activities for former students