Academic Counseling

Dr. Thomas Badewien

(Vertretung der Professur Marine Sensorik)

WHV: +49-(0)4421-944-240

OL: +49-(0)441-798-3624

Fax: +49-(0)4421-944-140

ICBM-Zentrum für Marine Sensorik (ZfMarS)
Schleusenstr. 1
26382 Wilhelmshaven


The course structure is a three-semester, fully modularized course of a total of 90 CP. The students can decide whether they want to have a broad and interdisciplinary degree or work specifically towards one of the focus areas. Through a wide range of options, students can develop their own accentuation through individual focus at an early stage. The course retains its interdisciplinary character, even with a focus.

Compulsory and Elective Options

Due to the consecutive structure to the Bachelor of Marine Technology at the Jade University of Applied Sciences Wilhelmshaven, the students' stay is only two semesters plus one semester for writing the master's thesis. Students with another previous course of study begin their studies in the so-called zeroth semester or bridging semester. The admission committee determines the modules to be taken individually.

The first and the second semester contain modules from the compulsory elective area and the compulsory area as well as a compulsory module with free options.

  • In the compulsory elective area, the students choose two of three possible modules in each semester. This way, a sound basis in central topics of marine sensor technology is ensured.
  • The compulsory area comprises central core competencies of the degree course Marine Sensors. The compulsory practical module 'Marine Field Research' ensures that every graduate can fill all positions in the value chain of sea-going expeditions. This includes the planning, implementation, operational use of frequently used standard methods and devices, as well as data evaluation, interpretation and publication. With this, the students occupy an important operative interface between the technical and scientific sectors of a research expedition.
  • In the compulsory module with free elective choice, students can choose a module from the entire master's canon in Marine Environmental Sciences at the University of Oldenburg. In addition, professionalization is possible via a freely selectable master's module from the University of Oldenburg, the language centre, the Jade University of Applied Sciences Wilhelmshaven or an external institution, which must be thematically meaningful in connection with the degree course Marine Sensors. For this purpose, formal approval must be given by the examination board.

Via the additional compulsory area 'Research Project Marine Sensors’ there is also the possibility of accentuation and establishing initial contacts in economic or research institutions, which can ideally be used to set topics for the final module in the third semester.

Focus Areas

  • Applied oceanography (physically, biologically, chemically)
  • Methods of sensor development (focus on the optical area)
  • Observation systems (development, operation, data processing)
  • Data streams and quality assurance (from observation to archive (O2A))
  • Processing of interdisciplinary environmental issues (link to socio-politically relevant issues)

Courses and Times

Timetable organization
The event schedule is organized for the students in such a way that the study programme can be completed within the standard period of study. The individual events take place both, at the University of Oldenburg (Wechloy campus) and in Wilhelmshaven. In Wilhelmshaven, the ICBM site, Schleusenstrasse, and the Jade University campus (Friedrich Paffrath Straße) are used. The schedule is organized in such a way that only one location has to be approached on each day.

Forms of teaching and learning
Large modules are offered in the form of lectures, seminars and exercises with a high practical component. Some modules are conducted in English. The students are involved in research activities right from the start. You can find an overview of the current courses here.

The courses in the first semester (summer semester) take place in a time grid of 1.5 hours. In between there are half-hour breaks. In the winter semester, the events take place as block courses. This means that a topic is treated intensively for two weeks. Depending on your choice, there may be a break between the blocks.

Attendance time
Lecture times are generally attendance times. Outside of the lecture times, self-study (preparation and reworking of the material, elaborations for presentations / portfolios / term papers / etc., preparation for exams and oral exams) is planned. There are no attendance lists.

Credit Points and Student Workload

Credit points
90 credit points are required to successfully complete the master’s course, excluding the bridging semester. One credit point corresponds to an average of 30 hours of work. These are divided into attendance time and personal work. Credit points are awarded on the basis of passed module examinations. The modules generally have a total of 6 credit points. The content of the modules is designed in such a way that they usually complete within one semester. The practical module PBM1 'Marine Field Research' is an exception. The structure across semesters is necessary here so that variable excursion dates, some of which are based on the assigned ship times, can be used flexibly. Likewise, the research project PBM2 is estimated with 12 credit points and the master module PBM3 with a total of 30 credit points.

According to the general rules, one credit point is estimated at 30 hours. The exams to be taken per semester amount to:

Module Number of courses Number of exams in the semester (S)
1. S                 2. S                3. S
Meeresphysik und Messtechnik (WPM1) 2 2    
Praxismodul Marine Feldforschung 1/2 (PBM1) 2 2    
Meereswissenschaften (WPF1) 1 1    
Professionalisierung (WPF2) 1 1    
Systemtechnik und Analysemethoden (WPM2) 2   2  
Praxismodul Marine Feldforschung 2/2 (PBM1) 1   1  
Forschungsprojekt (PBM2) 2   2  
Masterarbeit (PBM3) 1     2
Sum 12 6 5 2


Studying Abroad

Due to the consecutive structure for the bachelor's degree in marine technology at Jade University of Wilhelmshaven, the duration of the students' stay is only two semesters plus one semester for the preparation of the master's thesis. Due to the small number of semesters at the University of Oldenburg, the training is primarily geared towards a local training process. Nevertheless, there is the option to acquire further qualifications at home and abroad, e.g. in the module Professionalization WPF2, or the research project PBM2 e.g. in a technically oriented company or an applied research institution.

General information on stays abroad can be found under Going Abroad and Study Abroad.


Admission to the master's thesis requires that all related partial achievements of individual modules with a total of 48 credit points have been successfully completed and the conditions set by the admissions committee have been met. This regulation serves to ensure that students with an external research internship do not fall behind schedule if the recognition or external documentation is delayed. This is regulated by the subject-specific examination regulations.

You can find an overview of previous theses on our page Alumni.

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