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The Programme

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Participants of the MSc course will become experts in the field of tropical aquatic ecosystem research and will learn ways to reconcile use and conservation of aquatic ecosystems in the tropics. They will be equipped to join or conduct multidisciplinary research or management teams working in tropical coastal zones or freshwater systems as well as to continue university studies (PhD) in the areas of aquatic ecology or integrated coastal zone management. mehr »

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Competence and Infrastructure

The MSc programme is an integral part of the training in aquatic ecology at the University of Bremen and the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT). The University of Bremen, ZMT and other affiliated institutes provide excellent research infrastructure, several modern libraries of books and journals on aquatic ecology and numerous lecturers of international reputation. mehr »

Course times and Language

The programme starts at the beginning of each winter term in October. Classes in the winter term begin in October and end in February, the summer term period lasts from April to July. In the winter term, the lecture period is interrupted by the Christmas vacation. The programme is completely taught in English. It is comprised of two years (four terms) and includes the submission of a written thesis. The third term is spent at a tropical partner institution of the ZMT/University of Bremen.

It is advisable for foreign students to have some basic knowledge of the German language. This makes the arrival to Germany and the adjustment to life outside the campus much easier. German language courses run parallel to the main programme and are available to all students.


Besides the costs of living (accomodation, food, etc), the University of Bremen charges no tuition fees for the ISATEC master programme. Most study materials are provided free of charge. In some cases where the course is of a special nature (like excursions), the costs have to be partially met by the participants.

A student semester contribution of about 280 EUR per term is obligatory. This contribution includes free public traffic (semester ticket) within a wide part of Northern Germany, the availability of inexpensive meals at the mensa and an administration fee.

Programme Director & Chairman of the Examination Board

Prof. Dr. Matthias Wolff

University of Bremen,
Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology

Fahrenheitstr. 6
28359 Bremen

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ISATEC Coordination

Dr. Oliver Janssen-Weets

University of Bremen FB 02 / ISATEC

Leobener Str. NW2
28359 Bremen

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ISATEC Lecturers

Find here the list of the ISATEC lecturers [PDF] (11 KB).