Ocean Education Initiative

Marine MSc degree programs


game3    Fucus vesiculosus, Franziska Julie Werner, Future Ocean    Maike Nicolai, GEOMAR (CC BY 4.0)

There are three English-taught marine master’s degree programs offered at Kiel University:

Biological Oceanography

Marine Geosciences

Climate Physics

These three programs offer sound research-oriented training in marine geology, biology, chemistry, physics, and meteorology. Our goal is to give highly motivated students with a keen interest in the natural sciences a state-of-the-art education. Lecturers are internationally renowned scientists from Kiel University and GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research dedicated to both science and teaching.

Master’s students acquire fundamental knowledge about the ocean’s systems and processes in lectures and seminars, and do hands-on experimental work in practical laboratory courses and on sea-going and land-based research expeditions. They learn the essential steps of scientific work by collecting, analyzing, interpreting and presenting research data on their own.

Lab Experiment, Franziska Julie Werner, Future Ocean Zostera marina, Franziska Julie Werner, Future Ocean Maike Nicolai, GEOMAR (CC BY 4.0)


Contact persons for questions regarding content, structure, application, and prerequisites in the study programs:

Biological Oceanography 

Dr. Jörg Süling (study advisor)

GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel

Düsternbrooker Weg 20

24105 Kiel

Rm B50a

Phone: +49 (0)43 600 4454

Email: sueling@geomar.de

Sprechstunde: Dienstag 8.30 bis 10.00 Uhr, Donnerstag 15.00 bis 16.00 Uhr


Marine Geowissenschaften

Dr. Nina Keul (study advisor)

Institut für Geowissenschaften


24118 Kiel

Rm 12

Phone: +49 (0)43 880 3253

Email: nina.keul@ifg.uni-kiel.de

Sprechstunde: by appointment


Climate Physics

M.A. Nadira Mahmud (program coordination)

GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel

Düsternbrooker Weg 20

24105 Kiel

Rm 133

Phone: +49 (0)431 600 4101

Email: nmahmud@geomar.de

Sprechstunde: by appointment