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Sea and Society - Get your Master's Degree in Gothenburg

Are you interested in how the human society is linked to the marine environment and ecosystem? The University of Gothenburg offers an interdisciplinary Master's Programme about the sea and society.

  • The University of Gothenburg is Sweden's leading university for marine and maritime research and education.
  • The university has close collaboration with several national marine and maritime industries, authorities and regulatory bodies such as the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management.
  • For students that want a broad marine education as training for a career in marine/maritime industry, marine authorities, environmental courts and multidisciplinary marine sciences.
  • If you have citizenship in EU, EEA country, or Switzerland, you are not required to pay application or tuition fees in Sweden


Read more about the programme


For sustainable Oceans

A new international programme

The programme aims to give a comprehensive analyses of the interactions between the marine ecosystem and socioeconomic systems of human society over time and into the future.

It will provide students with an understanding of the complexity of many of the problems that currently challenges a sustainable development of humans' use of the sea, and new tools to meet this challenge.

Study Guidance

During the first semester of the second year, students can choose among a large number of courses given at the University of Gothenburg and are also encouraged to take courses at other universities in Europe or overseas.

Each student will get help setting up an individual study plan that will match the academic background and interest of the student. Our student counsellor Grazzia Matamoros will be happy to assist. 

Courses within the programme

Semester 1 Autumn

The Sea and Society Relationship - historical

perspectives, present status

and future challenges

Blue economy and sustainable use of marine resources

Semester 2 Spring

European marine directives and policies – an interdisciplinary perspective Seascape governance in times of global change

Semester 3 Autumn

SPECIALISATION I: Choose among exisiting courses
SPECIALISATION II: Choose among existing courses

Semester 4 Spring

Master project, 30 credits, carried out within academia or in collaboration with marine and maritime authorities or industry.


Page Manager: Karl-Johan Nylén|Last update: 11/12/2019

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