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The ECOMAMA master programme


Curriculum of the Master in Ecological Marine Management

The programme puts strong emphasis on acquiring skills, both in marine research and management. It requires full-time attendance and active participation in lectures and practical exercises, visits to marine research centers, field trips and excursions.

The first year of the master programme mainly aims at acquiring fundamental knowledge and skills in marine research through the following courses:

Fundamental courses (27 ECTS*):

Specialization courses (6 ECTS):

Supporting courses (18 ECTS):

Laboratory and Field training sessions (9 ECTS):


The second year of the master programme focuses on research and the scientific approach to management issues.

Advanced core courses are (21 ECTS):

Students also choose 6+3 ECTs from a list of specialized courses

Finally, students can spend at least 3 ECTS on electives, according to their own interest and future career prospects. The following electives are included as part of the curriculum of ECOMAMA:

The Master programme also offers optional internships (6 ECTS) of 3-4 weeks in the participating laboratories or institutes under the supervision of a marine expert.

Special attention is given to the Master thesis (27 ECTS): students carry out an independent research project, under the supervision of a promoter, and prepare a master thesis manuscript, i.e. a written account of the research and results. If possible and relevant, students are encouraged to select a research subject pertaining to problems and needs in their home country. Also, a list of possible research topics is given on the website.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are values that are allocated to course units to describe the student workload that is required to complete them. The credits reflect the quantity of work each course requires in relation to the total quantity of work required to complete a full year of academic study at an institution: lectures, practical work, seminars, etc.