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Postgraduate Studies in Blue Resources for the Blue Economy

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 2 semesters
Entry level Master
Cost € 2.400

Businesses operating within the Blue Economy/industry are always looking for highly educated technical profiles. Not only is the worldwide ‘ocean economy’ valued at around US$ 1.5 trillion per year, the marine and maritime sectors are also rapidly evolving. In response, the University of Ghent and the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology have joined forces and developed one of the few programmes specifically aimed at the Blue Economy. It provides hands-on learning opportunities for (working) students to prepare for the rapidly evolving demands within the sector. Its approach is unique in that it combines online/distant learning with an on-site starting and closing event, providing you with the necessary flexibility for your personal schedule. You will have the opportunity to come into contact with relevant stakeholders within the industry whilst following workplace-based training. The combination of practical skills and an academic background, will offer you all the necessary tools needed to fully prepare for the rapidly evolving demands of the blue economy sector.

Structural components
Industry partners
Internship/Workplace experience
International component

Application procedure

Please apply via the website


1. Master’s degree

Master's degree in biology, ecology, environmental sciences, oceanography, marine sciences, geography, (bio-science) engineering, nematology, geology, (bio)chemistry, bioinformatics, veterinary medicine or other equivalent academic degrees in a discipline related to the content of the programme from a recognised University, College or Institute (with approval of the faculty of sciences) with minimum 240 credits at the latest before the start of the studies. For other masters in science and applied science, equivalency will be evaluated based on scientific competences and skills of the students by the Educational Committee.

2. Language requirements

The language requirements for Postgraduate Studies in Blue Resources for the Blue Economy differ from the required standard level for English taught study programmes as specified in the Ghent University Education and Examination Code:

  • a recent TOEFL Certificate: minimum score: 87 points (internet based)
  • a recent IELTS Certificate: minimum score: 6.5
  • a recent Certificate of a University Language Centre testifying that the student masters the necessary knowledge of English to function academically (specify CEF-level / minimum CEF-level B2) 
  • a recent Cambridge English certificate: Cambridge English First (FCE) - grade A or B 
  • a certificate proving that the student has followed at least 1 year of higher education in English

ISCED Categories

Maritime economy