Master's Degrees

  • Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

    General Information

    Teaching Languages:
    English
    Places:
    21
    Duration:
    2 years (120 ECTS credits)
    Precio orientativo:
    €3000/year European students; €7000/year non-European students
    Access Requirements:

    Students must hold a degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Oceanography, Marine Science, Geography, Geology or any other equivalent degree with a minimum of 180 ECTS credits. Students must prove that they have an English language ability equivalent to level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. A recent First Certificate in English from the University of Cambridge will also be accepted.

    This Erasmus Mundus Master's Courses have deadlines and procedures that are different from the rest of the official Master's Degrees. To check the appropriate procedure, please visit the website of the Erasmus Mundus Master's Course (you can acces the website by clicking on the below mentioned "official website" link).

    Modality:
    Attendance required
    Schedule:
    Monday to Friday, mornings and afternoons
    Teaching Center:
    • In Spain: Faculty of Biology of Oviedo
    • Others: Ghent University, University of Bremen, University of Algarve, Pierre and Marie Curie University and University of Klaipeda.
    More Information:
    Full Description of the Master's Degree

    Professional Opportunities

    Marine biodiversity faces many local threats such as overexploitation, pollution or habitat loss, as well as many global threats such as climate change. As a response to these threats, local administrations whether local, national or supranational, devote a growing effort to establish management and conservation measures in the field of marine biodiversity. This requires a high level of conceptual, methodological and administrative specialization.

    This Master's Degree provides a broad and cross-boundary scientific knowledge on biodiversity, conservation and restoration of the marine environment, and it allows students to obtain valuable practical skills in fields related to marine biodiversity and conservation. Furthermore, it provides a deeper knowledge about applied activities and their impact regarding the sustainable development of the marine environment. It also allows students to develop problem-solving skills and an independent and responsible stance as marine scientists.

    This Master's Course takes place in a multicultural and international environment and students have the change to study in international universities. Students will acquire the necessary skills to communicate their knowledge and research results, to work in teamwork and to work in the field of marine biodiversity, whether nationally or internationally.

    Syllabus

    This Master's Course takes place in a multicultural and international environment and students have the change to study in international universities. Students will acquire the necessary skills to communicate their knowledge and research results, to work in teamwork and to work in the field of marine biodiversity, whether nationally or internationally.

    The Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (EMBC) is offered by a University consortium consisting of 6 partners. Students must start in one of the three group-I universities and stay there for 2 semesters; during the third semester, students must move to one of the group-II universities. The fourth semester is dedicated to the research project for the Master's Thesis, which is performed in one of the partner institutions.

    • Group I: Ghent University (Belgium), University of Bremen (Germany), University of the Algarve (Portugal).
    • Group II: University Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris 006 (France), University of Oviedo (Spain) and University of Klaipeda (Lithuania).

    The study programme is divided in 3 thematic modules:

    • 1st Module. Understanding the Structure and Function of Marine Biodiversity.
    • 2nd Module Toolbox for Investigating Marine Biodiversity.
    • 3rd Module Conservation and Restoration of Marine Biodiversity

    FIRST YEAR

    GHENT UNIVERSITY

    MODULE 1: Understanding the structure and function of Marine Biodiversity

    • Biogeochemical cycles
    • Margin Systems and Extreme Environments
    • Oceanography
    • Specific topics in understanding marine biodiversity
    • Biodiversity of aquatic food-webs: from algae to marine mammals
    • Evolution and Biogeography of Aquatic Organisms
    • Fisheries
    • Ecology of coastal seas
    • Aquatic Microbial Ecology
    • Aquaculture Environmental Impact

    MODULE 2: Toolbox for investigating marine Biodiversity

    • Data and Information Management
    • Practical aspect of Taxonomy
    • Taxonomy of selected groups
    • Specific topics in methodology for marine biodiversity
    • Biostatistics: experimental design and multivariate analysis
    • Ecological Modelling
    • Molecular techniques and their application in evolutionary and ecological studies
    • Statistics

    MODULE 3: Conservation and Restoration of Marine Biodiversity

    • Specific topics in conservation & restoration in Marine Biology
    • Applied Biodiversity Science: policy, management and conservation
    • Environmental Impact Assessment

    MODULE 4: Transferable Skills

    • English Upper-intermediate Academic English
    • French level 1
    • Spanish Advanced Conversation Course
    • Cultural Module
    • Dutch for speakers of other languages
    • Advanced academic English
    • Basic Academic English
    • Dutch Language and Flemish Culture
    • Internship
    • Preparation of research proposal
    • Intermediate Academic English

    Summer schools

    • EMBC Summer school
    UNIVERSITY OF BREMEN

    MODULE 1: Understanding the structure and function of Marine Biodiversity

    • Marine Biogeochemistry
    • Marine Geosciences
    • Marine algae and the associated animals
    • Ecophysiology of marine animals
    • Marine Microbiology
    • Physical Oceanography
    • Principles of Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
    • Benthos and Fish Ecology
    • Fisheries Biology and Aquaculture
    • Principles of Marine Ecophysiology

    MODULE 2: Toolbox for investigating marine Biodiversity

    • Marine chemical ecology
    • Advanced methods in marine biodiversity research
    • GIS applied to coastal management
    • Mathematical models of biological systems
    • Ecophysiology of marine algae
    • Population dynamics and stock assessment
    • Taxonomy of marine invertebrates
    • Trophic modelling
    • Marine Chemistry
    • Experimental Design
    • Plankton Ecology

    MODULE 3: Conservation and Restoration of Marine Biodiversity

    • International Marine Environmental Protection
    • Aquatic pollution
    • Economic valuation of natural resources
    • Law of the sea and international environmental marine law
    • Modelling in conservation biology

    MODULE 4: Transferable Skills

    • Scientific Communication
    UNIVERSITY OF THE ALGARVE

    MODULE 1: Understanding the structure and function of Marine Biodiversity

    • Specific topics in understanding marine biodiversity part I
    • Specific topics in understanding marine biodiversity part II
    • Aquatic microbial ecology
    • Dynamics of Aquatic Ecosystems
    • Ecology and Behaviour of Marine Mammals
    • Ecophysiology of extreme and changing environments
    • Eutrophication and impacts on marine biodiversity
    • Fish Chemical Ecology and Behaviour
    • Marine Biogeography and Evolution
    • Marine Geology
    • Marine Population Biology
    • Impact of fishing on marine biodiversity and ecosystems
    • Biogeochemical Processes and Global Changes
    • Methods and Processes in Biological Oceanography

    MODULE 2: Toolbox for investigating marine Biodiversity

    • Analytical methods in marine biology – protein biochemistry
    • Bio-informatics
    • Habitat seabed mapping
    • Malacology
    • Statistical Analysis
    • Techniques in Molecular and Cellular Biology
    • Underwater methods for marine biodiversity
    • Monitoring biodiversity of rocky shores
    • Specific topics in methodology for Marine biodiversity

    MODULE 3: Conservation and Restoration of Marine Biodiversity

    • Conservation and management of marine resources
    • Estuarine and coastal ecohydrology
    • Marine Protected Areas
    • Resource Ecology
    • Stock assessment

    MODULE 4: Transferable Skills

    • Field methods A
    • Scientific Communication
    • Field methods B
    • Scientific writing
    • Laboratory methods A
    • Laboratory methods B
    • Language teaching A
    • Language teaching B
    Detailed Information on the Syllabus:
    http://sies.uniovi.es/ofe-pod-jsf/ofertaFormativaServlet?codigo=EMBIOMAR

    Contact

    • Coordinating University: Ghent University, Belgium
      Erasmus Mundus MSc in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation
      Biology Department (WE11), Ghent University
      Marine Biology Research group
      Krijgslaan 281/S8
      B - 9000 Ghent
      Belgium
      Telephone:
      +32 9 264 85 29
      Fax:
      +32 9 264 85 98
      embc@ugent.be
    • University of Oviedo
      Faculty of Biology
      C/ Catedrático Valentín Andrés Álvarez s/n
      33006 Oviedo
      Telephone:
      985 10 49 17 / 985 10 49 18
      Fax:
      985 10 49 59
      infopostgrado@uniovi.es

    Coordination :

    • Eva García Vázquez
      Telephone:
      985 10 27 26
      egv@uniovi.es