The International Master in Marine Biological Resources (IMBRSea), Erasmus Mundus Scholarships

Scholarships

Master

Location (s):

  • Belgium
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Spain
Ghent, Paris, Galway, Ancona, Bergen, Algarve, Bilbao, Oviedo

Overview

The International Master in Marine Biological Resources (IMBRSea), is a joint Master programme organized by nine leading European universities in the field of marine sciences; Ghent University (BE), University of Pierre and Marie Curie (FR), University of the Algarve (PT), University of Oviedo (ES), Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (IE), University of the Basque Country (ES), Polytechnic University of Marche (IT), University of Bergen (NO) and Université de Bretagne Occidentale (FR), supported by fourteen Marine Research Institutes belonging to the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC). Based on the objectives of the EMBRC consortium, IMBRSea covers a wide, yet consistent, range of subjects related to the sustainable use of marine biological resources. With an emphasis on marine biological and ecological processes, the programme links biology of marine organisms and environmental studies with subjects in marine policy and planning.

Details

IMBRSea will replace the EMBC+ programme from September 2017 onwards. Applications for becoming a student in the programme will be open from December 2016 onwards. IMBRSea is a two year, 120 ECTS study programme that starts with a first semester of courses within the Fundamental Modules in which students gain the core competences required for starting any of the five Specialization Tracks of the programme. This first semester offered by Ghent University, University of the Algarve, University of Oviedo, Université de Bretagne Occidentale and University Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC). During the second and the third semester, the students follow two Thematic Modules, leading to one of the five Specialization Tracks defined according to the EU Horizon2020 Blue Growth innovation challenges: (1) Marine food production, (2) Management of living marine resources, (3) Applied marine ecology and conservation, (4) Marine environment health, and (5) Global ocean change.

IMBRSea offers, beside a wide variety of courses in the Thematic Modules, also a series of jointly developed activities. In the second half of the second semester, students will gain authentic experience during six weeks of Professional Practiceoffered by potential future employers. During a Joint School students from the same cohort will come together for programme-wide training on multi-disciplinary topics. During the last semester students have the opportunity to develop an individual Thesis research project, tailored to their personal interests. This research project is presented on the IMBRSea Annual Symposium which unites both first and second year students, as well as future employers, and interested stakeholders.

IMBRSea aims to prepare students for the rapidly evolving demands of the blue bio-economy and research on the sustainable use of marine biological resources. The international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral nature of these challenges demands the integrated approach which IMBRSea fully encompasses.

Key Features

  • Study at a choice of 8 European universities and receive one joint degree

  • Complete 120 ECTS over two years including a 30 ECTS thesis

  • Gain access to Europe's top marine research institutes

  • Be part of an international student community

  • Experience the diversity of European marine ecosystems

  • Choose a thematic specialization fit to your own personal interests

  • Gain valuable skills through extensive practical and laboratory training

  • Present your thesis at an international open symposium

  • Research projects as an integral part of your study programme

  • Participate in a 10 days field research project during the IMBRSea Joint School

The IMBRSea programme stems from the experience of different Partner universities in organizing the International Master of Science in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, EMBC/EMBC+, successfully running since 2008: Ghent University (UGent - P1), University of Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC - P2), University of the Algarve (UAlg - P3), University of Oviedo (UniOvi - P4), and Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT - P5). Three new Partners, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU - P6), Polytechnic University of Marche (UNIVPM - P7), and University of Bergen (UiB - P8) will join the consortium in order to cover all complementary expertise fields relevant in organizing the IMBRSea programme.

 

 

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Eligibility

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Entry Requirements

  • A Bachelor, Honours or Master degree in biology, ecology, environmental sciences, oceanography, marine sciences, geography, geology, or other equivalent degrees with a minimum of 180 ETCS at the latest by 1st September of 2017 and for non-European students preferably before 1st March 2017.

  • Knowledge of the English language is considered as a basic requirement. All students must provide evidence of their proficiency in English through one of the following documents:

    • A recent TOEFL Certificate: minimum score: 570 points (paper) or 87 points (internet)
    • 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 you have followed at least 1 year of higher education in English

Dates:

Deadline: March 30, 2018


Cost/funding for participants:

EM Partner Country scholarships (12 grants)

EM Partner Country scholarships can be awarded to masters students selected by IMBRSea consortia who are not from a country in the European Union. 

Total Amount: The grant amounts to EUR 24500 per year per student (EUR 49000 for the duration of the IMBRSea program). This amount includes:

  • Participation costs: €9000 Maximum contribution to EMJMD participation costs (including insurance coverage). This participation will be subtracted from the grant after a formal authorization signed by the student. “Participation costs” must be understood as any compulsory administrative/operational cost related to the participation of the student in the EMJMD
  • Travel & installation costs:
    • €1000 per year for travel costs if resident in a programme country 
    • €2000 per year + €1000 installation costs if residence is less than 4000 km from EMJMD coordinating HEI
    • €3000 per year + €1000 installation cost if residence is 4000 km or more from EMJMD coordinating HEI
  • Subsistence costs: €12000. The allowance will be paid monthly over 12 months (€1000 each) on a specific bank account open for the student by IMBRSea. 
    • NO subsistence costs for the EMMC periods (study/research/placement/thesis preparation) spent in their country of residence
    • NO subsistence costs for the EMMC periods exceeding three months spent in any Partner Country

Note that if you have resided or carried out your main activities (studies, training or work) in a Programme Country for more than a total of twelve months over the last five years before the submission deadline (30 March 2017), you are considered as a Programme Country student.

EM Programme Country scholarships (4 grants)

EM Programme Country scholarships can be awarded to any students selected by IMBRSea consortia and  resident to any Member States of the European Union as well as former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey.

Total Amount: The grant amounts EUR 17500 per year per student (EUR 35000 for the duration of the IMBRSea program). This amount includes:

  • Participation costs: €4500. Maximum contribution to EMJMD participation costs (including insurance coverage). This participation will be subtracted from the grant after a formal authorization signed by the student. “Participation costs” must be understood as any compulsory administrative/operational cost related to the participation of the student in the EMJMD
  • Travel & installation costs:
    • €1000 per year for travel costs if resident in a programme country 
    • €2000 per year + €1000 installation costs if residence is less than 4000 km from EMJMD coordinating HEI
    • €3000 per year + €1000 installation cost if residence is 4000 km or more from EMJMD coordinating HEI
  • Subsistence costs: €12000. The allowance will be paid monthly over 12 months (€1000 each) on a specific bank account open for the student by IMBRSea. 
    • NO subsistence costs for the EMMC periods (study/research/placement/thesis preparation) spent in their country of residence
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