Master's Degrees

  • Master's Degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

    General Information

    Teaching Languages:
    English
    Places:
    7
    Duration:
    1 year (60 ECTS credits)
    Precio orientativo:
    31.38€/credit
    Access Requirements:

    In order to register in an official Master's Degree, it is mandatory to have completed an official degree in Spain or in any higher education institution of a member state of the European Union integrated in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) that allows students to take a Master's Degree. Students who have obtained their degree outside the EHEA can be admitted as long as the University can verify that these qualifications have a similar level to the corresponding degrees in Spain and they permit graduates to take a Master's Course.

    Students must hold a degree in Biology, Environmental Science or Marine Science. Previous studies in Chemistry, Physics and Geology will be taken into account. Furthermore, candidates must prove that they have an English language ability equivalent to level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

    Modality:
    Attendance required
    Schedule:
    Monday to Friday, mornings and afternoons
    Teaching Center:
    Faculty of Biology of the University of Oviedo
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    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.

    Syllabus

    Each subject is taught intensively for two weeks during the first semester, and students shall attend classes either in the mornings or the afternoons. Due to its structure, this Master's Course is not compatible with other professional activities

    COURSE CONTENT

    This Master offers two different approaches:

    • SCIENTIFIC: This study track enables students to pursue scientific research so that they can later prepare their doctoral thesis.
    • PROFESSIONAL: This study track enables student to pursue a professional career in Marine Biodiversity Management and Conservation.

    FIRST TERM (30 ECTS credits)

    SCIENTIFIC APPROACH: students have to complete 21 ECTS credits of compulsory subjects and 9 ECTS credits of optional subjects (to choose from 7 subjects). The study programme is divided in 3 thematic modules.

    MODULE 1. Understanding the Structure and Function of Marine Biodiversity.

    COMPULSORY SUBJECTS

    • Principles of Marine Biology and Oceanography (3 ECTS)
    • Biodiversity of Marine Food Chains (3 ECTS)
    • Marine Biogeochemistry and Paleoceanography (3 ECTS)
    • Global Change (3 ECTS)

    OPTIONAL SUBJECTS

    • Population Biology Applied to Conservation (3 ECTS)
    • Impact Detection and Assessment (3 ECTS)
    • Evolution and Biogeography of Aquatic Organism (3 ECTS)
    • Genetic Biodiversity (3 ECTS)
    • Marine Microbiology (3 ECTS)

    MODULE 2. Toolbox for Investigating Marine Biodiversity

    COMPULSORY SUBJECTS

    • Sampling and Data Analysis Methods (3 ECTS)
    • Molecular Techniques and their Application (3 ECTS)
    • Ecological Modelling (3 ECTS)

    MODULE 3. Conservation and Restoration of Marine Biodiversity

    OPTIONAL SUBJECTS

    • Marine Protected Areas (3 ECTS)
    • Biological Invasions (3 ECTS)
    • Modelado ecológico (3 ECTS)

    PROFESSIONAL APPROACH: students have to complete 21 ECTS credits of compulsory subjects and 9 ECTS credits of optional subjects (to choose from 7 subjects). The study programme is divided in 3 thematic modules:

    MODULE 1. Understanding the Structure and Function of Marine Biodiversity

    COMPULSORY SUBJECTS

    • Principles of Marine Biology and Oceanography (3 ECTS)
    • Biodiversity of Marine Food Chains (3 ECTS)
    • Marine Biogeochemistry and Paleoceanography (3 ECTS)

    OPTIONAL SUBJECTS

    • Global Change (3 ECTS)
    • Population Biology Applied to Conservation (3 ECTS)
    • Impact Detection and Assessment (3 ECTS)
    • Aquaculture (3 ECTS)
    • Bio-indicators (3 ECTS)

    MODULE 2. Toolbox for Investigating Marine Biodiversity

    COMPULSORY SUBJECTS

    • Sampling and Data Analysis Methods (3 ECTS)
    • Molecular Techniques and their Application (3 ECTS)
    • Molecular Techniques and their Application (3 ECTS)

    OPTIONAL SUBJECTS

    • Geographic Information Systems and Teledetection (3 ECTS) (3 ECTS)

    MODULE 3. Conservation and Restoration of Marine Biodiversity

    COMPULSORY SUBJECTS

    • Integrated Coastal Zone Management (3 ECTS)

    OPTIONAL SUBJECTS

    • Marine Protected Areas (3 ECTS)
    • Biological Invasions (3 ECTS)
    • Legal and Economic Aspects of Marine Resources (3 ECTS)

    SECOND TERM

    Internship and Master's Thesis (30 ECTS credits)

    SCIENTIFIC APPROACH: During this term students have to prepare and defend their Master's Thesis (30 ECTS credits).

    PROFESSIONAL APPROACH: During this term students have to do an internship in a collaborating company (12 ECTS credits) and defend their Master's Thesis (18 ECTS credits).

    Detailed Information on the Syllabus:
    http://sies.uniovi.es/ofe-pod-jsf/ofertaFormativaServlet?codigo=MBIOMARI

    Contact

    Coordination :

    • José Luis Acuña
      Telephone:
      985 10 47 92
      masterbiodiversidad@uniovi.es

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