Ocean Education: Elective Modules of the winter semester 2018/19

The Cluster of Excellence „Future Ocean" promotes an interdisciplinary approach to marine science education and provides 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 Cluster project 'Ocean Education' compiled a catalogue of ocean science 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 learning about transdisciplinary research methods, spatial planning, or the international law of the sea; 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 here (Zentrum für Schlüsselqualifikationen of Kiel University).

In the winter term 2018/19, the following elective modules will be on offer for Master students of all faculties:

Natural sciences
Sustainable Ocean Food Production and Security
Science meets Society – ways to co-create knowledge and solutions for ocean sustainability
Introduction to Biological Oceanography
Introduction to Chemical Oceanography
Introduction to Marine Geology
New Developments in Marine Microbiology II
Mechanisms of Biomineralization II
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Agricultural und Food Sciences
Principles of Environmental Economics and Environmental Planning
Integrated Management of River Basins
Einführung in die Aquakultur
Ernährung und Gesundheit von Fischen
Lebensmittel und Biowirkstoffe aus dem Meer
Hydrology and Climatology
Belastung und Schutz von Böden
Spezieller Bodenschutz
Introduction to Molecular Biology
Organization and Analysis of Eukaryotic Genomes

Einführung in die Umweltethik
Philosophie und Ethik der Umwelt

Economics and Social Sciences
Corporate Sustainability

International Environmental Law