Program factsheet

  • Academic cooperation: University of the Basque Country (coordinator institution, Spain), University of Southampton (U.K.), University of Bordeaux (France), Université de Liège (Belgium).
  • Admission requirements: Hold a Bachelor degree or equivalent from a European or third country university in the field of biosciences, chemical sciences, geosciences, physical sciences or engineering.
  • Program duration: 2 years (120 ECTS).
  • Language requirements: The minimum requirements for non-native speakers are an IELTS score of 6.5 or TOEFL 570/227, or an equivalent approved by the Joint Program Board of the Consortium (JPB).
  • Level: Multiple Master of Science degree in “Marine Environment” awarded by the three consortium universities where the student has studied.
  • Tuition fees:
    • Annual fees: Third country students: 9,000€/year, European students/assimilated as European: 4,500€/year *according to Erasmus Mundus rules.
    • Scholarships: Erasmus Mundus scholarships, Erasmus mobility grants, Mobility grants funded by the Spanish Government and the Basque Government.
    • Students choosing to study in Bordeaux: Mobility grants available according to excellence criteria funded by the Initiatives of Excellence in Bordeaux and Bilbao (i.e. the Excellence programs of the Universities of the Basque Country and of Bordeaux: Euskampus, IdEx - International Master,; Mobility grants available according to excellence/social criteria funded by the partner institutions and by regional governments (e.g. Conseil Regional Aquitaine for Bordeaux:

Program outline

The MER+ master program provides high quality teaching in general oceanography with a specialization in marine environment (ecology, ecotoxicology, biochemistry, geochemistry, sedimentology, paleo-oceanography) and living or non-living marine resources. The MER+ program benefits from a consortium of four EU universities (Bilbao - Spain, Bordeaux-France, Southampton-UK and Liège-Belgium) and a worldwide network of associated partners.

Program structure

The MER+ master program is organized according to three teaching semesters (Semester 1-3: coursework) plus a research master thesis (Semester 4) carried out via an internship at any partner research institution worldwide. Mobility is mandatory and three different mobility opportunities are proposed for the coursework:

  • Bordeaux/Bilbao/Southampton.
  • Bordeaux/Bilbao/Liège.
  • Southampton/Bilbao/Liège.

Coursework is organized according to seven mandatory and optional modules (total: 90 ECTS).

How to apply?

Online application:


  • Application for Erasmus Mundus scholarship: mid-March
  • European self-funded students: mid-May

Updated on 02/06/2022


Prof. Jörg Schäfer
Program Coordinator


Florina Camarasu
Program Coordinator

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