International Studies in Aquatic Tropical Ecology (ISATEC)

ISATEC aims at the joint education and specialisation of German and foreign postgraduate students in the field of tropical aquatic ecology, including theoretical and applied ecology, with emphasis on concepts and methodologies for the sustainable utilisation and conservation of tropical aquatic ecosystems.

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DURATION:
24 months

Universität Bremen

Location Bremen is a medium-sized town in Northern Germany with long-stand- ing international trade traditions. The town has developed into one of the major centres of science in Germany. Besides three universities, it hosts major research institutes, three of which are contributing to the ISATEC programme. The University of Bremen has implemented several international M.Sc. programmes. Special events and activities (e.g., language classes, cultural programmes, an international office, student partnerships) are specifically designed to support international students.
Course focus ISATEC aims at the joint education and specialisation of German and foreign postgraduate students in the field of tropical aquatic ecology, including theoretical and applied ecology, with emphasis on concepts and methodologies for the sustainable utilisation and conservation of tropical aquatic ecosystems. Thus, fisheries biology, aquaculture sciences as well as ecological economics and social sciences relevant to coastal planning and management are major parts of the pro- gramme. The education in multicultural groups, the solution of conflicts, as well as the realisation of the benefits of diverse backgrounds, will further qualify graduates for working in international teams.

During the third term, students will apply this acquired knowledge while carrying out research projects at one of the tropical partner institutions/universities to collect data for their M.Sc. thesis.

Target group Graduates with a strong interest in tropical ecology and the management of natural resources, desiring to work on applied issues, possibly in international multidisciplinary teams on a local, international or global level.
Course language English
Entry requirements Prerequisites for foreign and German students are:

  • The academic degree “Bachelor of Science” in biological or environ- mental sciences,
  • Proficiency in English (level C1, Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) for non-native speakers,
  • For DAAD scholarship applicants: at least two years of profession- al experience,
  • Age limit: 36
  • Application forms and information can be found on our webpage at www.isatec.uni-bremen.de.
Degree Awarded Master of Science in Aquatic Tropical Ecology
Course Begins October 2014
Course Duration 24 months (four terms)
Course Structure ISATEC-Student_Handbook
Duration of German language course prior to beginning of programme 2 months (for students awarded a DAAD-scholarship)
Remarks Individual support of our students is one of our major concerns. Each student has a scientific mentor throughout the year of the elaboration of the Master’s thesis. Furthermore, a tutor offers help in every- day matters, sets up spare time activities to integrate all group members, introduces local culture and provides counselling to all ISATEC students. Advanced students will further help newcomers with orientation on campus and especially preparation for the term abroad and the fieldwork.

Students are invited to join the low-cost, extensive social and sport activities of the University of Bremen.

ISATEC continues the long tradition of training in aquatic ecology at the University of Bremen in collaboration with the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT), which is the central German institution co-ordinating German research and collaboration in the trop- ics. Lecturers with long years of working and teaching experience in tropical countries as well as from tropical countries are complemented by scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology (MPI) and other German universities.

Currently, there are no tuition fees for this course other than the standard enrolment fees at the beginning of each semester (approx. 243 EUR (320 US$)).

Fachbereich Biologie/Chemie
Dr. Oliver Janssen-Weets (Coordinator)
Leobener Str. NW2
D-28359 Bremen