Is Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management for you?

Want to know if the master in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management programme is a good fit for you? See the information and activities below to find out.

What does this programme involve?

If you want to dive deeper into the complexities of ocean and lake life, here’s your opportunity! This is the only programme in Europe to combine the disciplines of science and management. You’ll acquire knowledge of physical, chemical, geological, ecological and societal aspects, as well as considering conservational and sustainability features, giving you a sea of career opportunities in the future.

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Who better to tell you what this programme is like than the students who've participated?

  • Hajaniaina Andrianavalonarivo Ratsimbazafy | PhD student
    ”The master in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management has given me the opportunity to be successful in life and has given me friendship worldwide. The courses and practicals have increased my knowledge significantly and extended my connections to the other scientists in my field of expertise. By following the master of science in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management programme, I also had the opportunity to start a PhD. And since I am a pioneer in my field of expertise in my country, I can look forward to a new career as lecturer at the Malagasy Marine Institute, which will start as soon as I finish my PhD. Therefore I am right to say that the Malagasy students in my home country will also benefit from my training in the master in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management programme.”

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Why study at the VUB?

Studying at VUB gives you more than a diploma. You learn to view the world with an open mind and without prejudice. You hone your critical thinking, and you learn to express your opinion. You commit not just to study, but to participate in meaningful social projects that make the world a better place. In short, this is where you shape your identity. Who you are today and want to be tomorrow.

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Study on your own terms

Would you prefer the default track or a personal study path?

Your personal situation may make it harder for you to follow a full-time course of study. You may want to combine study with work, for example, or practise an elite sport. This needn't be an issue in itself, as the bachelor's isn't necessarily a full-time programme.

You can always opt to spread the studies over a longer term by taking 25 to 35 credits per academic year (for an idea - one credit equals 25 to 30 hours' study time). Which courses you take, you choose in consultation with your study path counselor. Need more info?

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Reflex status

Do you have a physical disability, learning disability or chronic illness, or are you starting a business or finding it harder to study because of your personal situation? If so, you qualify for Reflex Status.

With this you can ask for a flexible approach to your studies and exams, to maximise your chances of success. You may need access to course materials, for example, or more time to sit an exam, a translator or interpreter, staggered examinations, and so on.

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Combining your studies with a job

The Master in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management is a daytime only programme.Β Therefore, there is no option to combine this study with a fulltime job.

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Elite sports and study

Keen to combine your elite sporting career with a programme at VUB? It makes sense, as it strengthens your position in the jobs market after your sporting career ends.

Our Elite Sports & Study department helps you work out a personal study pathway and guides you through to the end.

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Studying with a functional impairment

Do you have a disability (for example, a learning disability, chronic medical condition, psychiatric or sensory disability)? If so, you qualify for a flexible approach to your studies and exams through Reflex Status, to maximise your chances of success. You may need access to course materials, for example, or more time to sit an exam, a translator or interpreter, staggered examinations, and so on.

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For extra support there are other student services to draw on at VUB. For example, a wheelchair-adapted room, study guidance and a personal study-pathway, mental healthcare, medical care, etc.

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Study Guidance

An experienced team of student psychologists, student counsellors and study-pathway supervisors are there to give you personal study advice, guidance and training. At every phase in your study career.

  • Individual - Advice on your choice of programme, stress and anxiety training, help with exam planning, help for students with dyslexia...
  • Group (workshops, courses) - Choosing a subject for your bachelor's or master's thesis, learning to present, dealing with stress and anxiety...
  • Tools - An example of good weekly planning, tips and tricks for a good study method, a step plan to help you choose the right programme...

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Studying abroad

A few months abroad?

All three universities have a whole host of research projects and collaborations from which you can benefit. Perhaps you'll spend several months abroad in the framework of your master thesis? You can also include a semester in another (European) country in your study programme or do an internship abroad.

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