Studying in Bremen
The old Hanse City of Bremen is situated in the northwestern German lowlands, about 70 km from the North Sea, and was Germany's first "City of Science" in 2005. Beautiful medieval buildings (e.g. the townhall, UNESCO world cultural heritage) and exciting modern architecture (Universum Science Center) are almost completely surrounded by a "green belt", structured by rivers and to a considerable extent assigned as nature conservation areas. A special student ticket for public transport, included in the semester fee, allows students to explore even the wider surroundings from the North Sea coast with the unique Wadden Sea ecosystem and the popular beaches of Cuxhaven to the City of Hamburg.
Marine Research in Bremen
Bremen has a long tradition as seafaring city and as a centre for overseas trade, maritime technology, marine research and education. In fact, marine research is one of three main research foci of the University of Bremen. The University of Bremen has about 20,000 students and its campus is located to the north of the city centre, conveniently accessible by tram. During the last decade, each year c. 40 master students have graduated in Marine Biology or ISATEC.
BreMarE - Bremen Marine Ecology Centre for Research & Education hosts the marine research teams at the Department of Biology and Chemistry (FB 2) including specialised working groups for Marine Microbiology, Marine Botany, Marine Zoology, and Marine Chemistry. In addition, Bremen University has departments for Physical Oceanography (FB 1; Institute for Environmental Physics) and Marine Geosciences (FB 5) and the Center for Marine Environmental Research MARUM, all contributing to the wide expertise in state-of-the-art marine research, on which the M.Sc. Programme Marine Biology is based.