Marine Ecosystem and Fisheries Science

MARSYS connects the research fields of Biological Oceanography (BO) and Fisheries Science (FS) and hence offers a unique combination of basic and applied marine science in Germany.

Students will learn basic knowledge in both of these fields, with the possibility for specialization in advanced coursework in the programme. The combination of BO and FS embraces the recent trend in marine ecology where basic ecological and applied questions are not dealt with in isolation.

In Biological Oceanography, students will acquire knowledge on the role of lower trophic levels and the influence of physical and climate forcing on the dynamics of marine ecosystems.

In Fisheries Science, students will acquire knowledge on the role of exploited fish populations in marine ecosystems under the influence of climate and commercial exploitation.

IHF is part of the “Center for Marine and Atmospheric Science” and the German Science Foundation Excellence-Center on climate research (CLISAP). This additionally allows the consideration of global climate change into research on the functioning of marine ecosystems as a basis for a modern ecosystem-based management.

MARSYS uses the involvement of IHF within the international marine research landscape. The long-term goal is to establish strategic cooperation with similar foreign Master-Programmes (e.g. University of Aarhus in Denmark), i.e. mutual exchange and approval of courses. The special module “Individual career preparation” can be used by students to visit and study at foreign institutions with the goal of gaining both experience and professional networking. By this mechanism, students can benefit from the IHF contacts and ongoing research collaborations with institutions in Europe and North America. Additionally, students can conduct short stays in national and international organisations such as the Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries and the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).

Job opportunities

Due to the combination of basic and applied research, MARSYS offers a broad spectrum of future job perspectives. Besides research (e.g. at universities and large research facilities) the degree provides applied skills attractive for employers in applied institutions (e.g. ministries, international organisations) as well as in economic fields. Important skills provided include (i) knowledge in data management/analysis, (ii) modern biochemical techniques, and (iii) use of state-of-the-art technical equipment including field gears such as a Video Plankton-Recorder and Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV).


Category: Academic Studies
Certificate: Master of Science
Aimed at:  Graduates

Location: Hamburg
Federal State: Hamburg

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CEN Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability


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