The European MSc in Marine EnviRonment (MER+ EMJMD) is a Joint European MSc programme focused on the marine environment and its protection, conservation and valorisation, conceived by four leading universities in the field of the marine environment (U Southampton, U Bordeaux, U Liège, U Basque Country) with the invaluable contribution of a global network of Associates.
The MER+ EMJMD is the result of the experience achieved by the MER Consortium along with preceding Joint MSc programmes. The MER+ EMJMD stems from the currently ongoing European MSc in Marine Environment and Resources (MER EMMC), which was started in academic year 2006-2007, as an integrated Joint MSc Programme of high quality initially recognised and funded by National programmes (Top Master in Basque Government ranking 2007-2011; the Spanish Education Ministry Quality Award 2007-2012; the Spanish Education Ministry Mention to Excellence 2011-2014), the Cooperative French-Spanish MSc support programme (Ministries of Foreign Affairs; 2011-2013), and the Mediterranean Office for Youth (MOY) Label 2012-2014. Since the academic year 2012-2013 it has been running under the Erasmus Mundus (later on Erasmus+) brand, which allowed us to successfully make the master programme more accessible to students all over world.
Though our aim at the dawn of the MER programme was to cover marine environment and resources areas altogether, during the past years of intense joint endeavour we have biased towards our most recognised academic and scientific strength, the marine environment and its protection, conservation and the ecosystem services it provides, as well as its reciprocal interactions with ocean resources.