Ocean Education: Open Elective Modules of the winter semester 2019/20

The Cluster of Excellence „Future Ocean", the Kiel Marine Science priority research area of Kiel University (KMS), and the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences promote an interdisciplinary approach to marine science education and provide a growing number of elective modules on current marine and environmental topics for interested Master students of Kiel University. One key objective is to enhance inter- and increasingly transdisciplinary learning and knowledge exchange in class and to encourage marine scientific work beyond disciplinary boundaries.


To this end, the "Ocean Education Initiative" compiled a catalogue of open elective modules, provided and taught by the faculties of Kiel University and associated institutes such as GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research. Students can choose modules that are best fit for their specific interests and career goals. For example, a student in a marine science program may be interested in ocean governance or IT approaches in ocean and climate research; a law student may be interested in geological and biological marine resources or the fundamentals of environmental ethics; a student in a social science program may be interested in ocean climate change or the challenges of future ocean sustainable development.

The catalogue will be expanded and renewed continuously. In most modules, students enrolled in Master programs can earn credit points for the optional component of their curriculum. Current modules on offer and further information can be found in UnivIS and on the website of the Ocean Education Initiative.

In the winter term 2019/20, the following elective modules will be on offer for Master students of all faculties:

Marine Sciences
Sustainable Ocean Food Production and Security
Introduction to Biological Oceanography
Introduction to Chemical Oceanography
Introduction to Marine Geology
New Developments in Marine Microbiology II
Mechanisms of Biomineralization II

Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences
Lebensmittel und Biowirkstoffe aus dem Meer
Einführung in die Aquakultur
Ernährung & Gesundheit von Fischen
Integrated Management of River Basins
Hydrology and Climatology
Organische & Anorganische Schadstoffe in Böden
Seminar zum Bodenschutz
Mikrobiologie und Biochemie des Bodens
Praktikum & Seminar:Belastung und Schutz von Böden
Chemische & Physikalische Bodenbelastung
Introduction to Molecular Biology I+II
Praktikum: Molecular Biology
Organization of the Eukaryotic Genomes
Genome analysis II
Principles of Environmental Economics and Environmental Planning
Ökonomie des Ernährungssektors

Einführung in MATLAB

Einführung in die Philosophische Ethik
Sustainability & Basic Readings in Sustainability
Umweltethik & Grundlagentexte der Umweltethik
Zentrale Argumentation der Umweltethik
Ethik und Jagd
Grundlagentexte der Tierethik

Business, Economics and Social Sciences
Corporate Sustainability
Science meets Society – Ocean Narratives

International Environmental Law