History of IMBRSea

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, supported by the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC). The IMBRSea programme takes the strengths from the International Master of Science in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (EMBC+), and prepares students for the rapidly evolving demands of the blue bio-economy (all economic activities that depend on the sea) and research on the sustainable use of marine biological resources.


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, Sorbonne University, University of the Algarve, University of Oviedo, and Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. Three new Partners, University of the Basque Country, Polytechnic University of Marche and University of Bergen joined the consortium later, covering all complementary expertise fields relevant for the IMBRSea programme.

Although the EMBC/EMBC+ programme was considered a success story on many aspects, for different reasons the consortium decided, with the support of EMBRC, to assimilate EMBC/EMBC+ into an improved innovative Master programme: IMBRSea.

More information about the EMBC+ programme is available at http://www.embcplus.org

Former Students, where are they?

With data obtained via online questionnaires of 200 former EMBC and EMBC+ students we got a lot of information about current their where-bouts that we summarized in the following info-graphs. Not all students replied for all the questions, since it was open for choosing. The first part covers information on their age, country they are living, gender, etc. Interesting to notice that a lot of former students continue to live their lives abroad, in a different country then where they are from, after the end of the program. That shows clear results of the internationalization aspect of EMBC/ IMBRSea.

The second part is exclusively for PhD studies. We here see that 52.5% of all the 200 students went later for a PhD. We can also notice that a lot of them return to some of our partner universities, showing how important it is for future careers to be involved in a program with many different partner universities.

Finally, the last part of the info-graph show the employability, with also quite good results.