Geophysical Institute

New Nordic master's program

The Geophysical Institute, the University of Århus, the University of Iceland and the University of the Faroes have developed a new interdisciplinary master's program, called MARECLIM. The program starts up in the autumn of 2009.

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Why an interdisciplinary program?


Fisheries activities and other utilization of the sea have been important sources of income for the Nordic countries throughout history and today. Access to this wealth carries with it a responsibility for knowledge-based utilization and management. Scientists have explored the oceans for centuries, but even though there are strong links between the marine organisms and ecosystems and their physical environment, the research and education within biological and physical oceanography have traditionally been carried out without much interaction. The changing climate and increased contamination and stress on the marine systems, both in Nordic waters and globally, are now finding their way higher up on both scientific and political agendas. The future calls for strengthened competence and innovative approaches to a range of marine problems of an interdisciplinary character.

The aim of the Joint Nordic Master's Program in Marine Ecosystems and Climate is to provide a curriculum where students in biological and physical oceanography or related subjects will be trained in interdisciplinary problem-solving, while at the same time maintaining a strong disciplinary competence. Students achieve both the academic foundation and the contact network necessary for productive future interdisciplinary research and collaboration, but also for more traditional careers within their field.

Why an international degree?


The Nordic countries carry a long and well-reputed tradition of marine research in marine biology as well as in physical oceanography, meteorology and climate research. The institutions behind the program are the Universities of Bergen, Iceland, Aarhus and the Faroe Islands (the MARECLIM network) - all universities intensively involved in marine research and with well-established international cooperation. Throughout the program, the students will benefit from the facilities and expertise of all of the partner institutions. The program is fully integrated in the study offers of all four universities, and the joint diploma will serve as a broad base for further scientific studies (PhD) or for other careers in the societies of the partnering countries or abroad.