Research Master in Marine Biology and Ecology


The specialty 'Marine Biology and Ecology' aims, through a multidisciplinary approach, to form qualified students in the fields of oceanography and marine ecology, under a conceptual, applied and methodological perspective. For licensed biology students, it will primarily offer them a basic knowledge of oceanography providing a general and synthetic training on marine ecosystems (Habitats, biodiversity, production of acive moleculeson marine organisms, impact of global warming, sustainable development), and secondly grant them principal techniques for associated studies: sampling in sea, laboratory analysis, data processing and modeling of ecological processes in order to understand the role of living organisms in the functioning of an ecosystem and the evolution of biodiversity.

Acquired Skills

The theoretical and operational skills expected at the end of the training are:
  1. Understanding the mechanisms that govern the structure and functioning of marine ecosystems at different spatial and temporal levels;
  2. Role of living organisms in the functioning of ecosystems and the evolution of biodiversity
  3. Knowledge of the biological, physical and chemical processes that regulate biogeochemical cycles;
  4. Mastering the methods of study and analyses of the marine environment;
  5. Understand and assess the impact of anthropogenic activities and natural disturbances on populations and marine ecosystems.
  6. Understanding the need to manage and conserve marine resources (biological) in the context of sustainable development
  7. Prepare students - wishing to pursue doctoral studies - to conduct scientific research in the fields that cover ecology, marine biology, biodiversity and environmental geosciences.

Admission Conditions

Recruitment: Applications are reviewed by an admission committee. The best candidates are selected after interview

Required Level:

Master I in Biodiversity, M1 Sciences végétales et environnement, M1 Sciences de la vie et de la terre or M1 Sciences du vivant et de l’environnement .


10 students

Further Studies / Career Opportunities

The know-how acquired and methodological courses educating students about human impacts on marine ecosystems and environmental management provide diverse opportunities:
Enrolling in institutions dealing with these environmental problems; for example:
  • Local and regional authorities,
  • Public and private sector agencies, the Ministry of the Environment, academic, commercial or industrial institutions,
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Participate in inherent scientific research projects for sustainable development, natural resource management, biodiversity and natural heritage in general, such as:
    • Characterization of marine biodiversity
    • Identification of threats to marine ecosystems
    • Collection, management and conservation of marine species and biological resources
    • Planning ...

Selected Teachers in Marine Biology and Ecology

Zainab Rachid Assaghir

Associate professor
Computer Science - Statistics department

Zeina Moutih Allah Soayfane

Assistant professor
Life & Earth Sciences department

Mona Youssef Tannoury

Associate professor
Life & Earth Sciences department

Marine Biology and Ecology M2 Courses


  • M1 Biodiversity
  • M1 Plant Biology

General Infos

  • Diploma Level: BAC+5
  • Studies Duration:

    The Master consists of 4 semesters organized into Teaching Units (TU) of 3 to 6 credits each; and every semester consists of a minimum of 30 credits.

  • Type: Research
  • Teaching Language: French/English
  • Total Credits Number: 60
  • Location: Rafic Hariri University campus - Hadath
  • Supervisor: Ahmad Najeeb Kobaissi
  • Email: ahkobeissi(at)ul.edu.lb

Selected Projects

  • Variations temporelles physico-chimiques et microbiologiques dans un biofilm estuarien. Etude de cas: Estuaires d'Antelias et d'Ibrahim (2012-2013)
  • Evolution quantitative et qualitative des peuplements meiofaunistiques d'une zone estuarienne hautement polluée: la plage d'Antelias (2012-2013)
  • Biodiversité et caractéristiques morphométriques et morphologiques des sardines et des anchois dans le milieu marin libanais (2012-2013)
  • Stomach Contents of Gaper fish (Champsodon capensis Regan, 1908) in the Northeastern Mediterranean Sea (2012-2013)
  • Étude qualitative et quantitative des sédiments biogènes de la plage de l’Île des Palmiers. (2012-2013)
  • La biologie et l'écologie de Centrophorus granulosus, le squale chagrin, dans les eaux côtières libanaises (2013-2014)
  • La biologie et l’écologie du poisson guitare commun, Rhinobatos rhinobatos, dans les eaux côtières libanaises (2013-2014)
  • Caractérisation microbiologique des sédiments marins de la région côtière de Ramleh El Baïda (2014-2015)

Selected Courses