University of Algarve

Introduction

Why choose University of Algarve (UAlg)?

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The University of Algarve (Portugal) is a young public university, with a student population close to 9,000 and employs over 700 academics. In these last three decades, the University of Algarve has consolidated the link established with the regional business and with the public and private organizations, encouraging the transfer of knowledge and contributing to sustainable development with a positive impact across the community.

Teaching

Established in four campuses, three in the city of Faro and one in Portimão, the University of Algarve offers courses in six thematic areas: Arts, Literature and History; Engineering Sciences; Life, Earth, Marine and Environmental Sciences; Medicine and Allied Sciences; Social, Education and Professional Training Sciences; and Economics, Management and Tourism. The studies in these areas include undergraduate and postgraduate (Master and PhD) degrees.

Research

Research at the University of Algarve is carried out in dynamic and prominent research centers, which produce innovation and added value enhancing research and development in different fields such as Marine Sciences, Biology and Biomedicine, Electronics and Telecommunications, Literature, History, Communications, and Arts. Its laboratories are open to the world, recruiting the very best young researchers across the various research areas of excellence.

Location

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Located in the southernmost part of Portugal, one of the most touristic regions of Portugal, the University has three university campuses located in Faro (capital of the region, with an international airport, sports stadium, central hospital) and one in Portimão, Algarve’s second main city.

Internationalization

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Recently, there has been a significant increase of foreign students from more than 60 countries due to the internationalization strategy of the University of Algarve. Of its 9,000-student population, 10% are foreign students, of which nearly half are at the University under bilateral agreements and cooperation programmes, mainly Erasmus and Erasmus Mundus. The quality and diversity of European Masters and Doctorates, combined with postgraduate courses open to students from all over the world explain the magnitude of this mobility.

Support facilities

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All campuses offer specific classrooms, computer and multimedia labs, auditoriums, libraries and study and meeting rooms. Wireless Internet access is available on all campuses. With accommodation in residence halls for over 600 students, several canteens and cafeterias throughout the various campuses, medical services and cultural and sports activities, the University of Algarve has witnessed a significant growth in terms of student population, modern facilities and the quality and diversity of programmes on offer.

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Programs

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Master

Master in Aquaculture and Fisheries

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Portugal Faro

The masters in Aquaculture and Fisheries has as main objective to provide adequate knowledge to the analysis and understanding of risk assessment, management, sustainable use and conservation of the living resources, providing: knowledge for the production of several species in different aquaculture systems; skills in the areas of Aquaculture and Fisheries; competencies which allow evolving into a specialization within studies in 3rd- cycle; training of professionals able to communicate with experts and non-specialists. [+]

The masters in Aquaculture and Fisheries has as main objective to provide adequate knowledge to the analysis and understanding of risk assessment, management, sustainable use and conservation of the living resources, providing: knowledge for the production of several species in different aquaculture systems; skills in the areas of Aquaculture and Fisheries; competencies which allow evolving into a specialization within studies in 3rd- cycle; training of professionals able to communicate with experts and non-specialists. Career Opportunities: The masters in Aquaculture and Fisheries creates professionals in the area of Aquaculture and Fisheries with employability in public or private institutions, companies in areas of biotechnological innovation, aquaculture and transformation of aquatic products. The master forms professionals to develop specialized consultancy at technical and scientific level, promoting entrepreneurship in the sector. [-]

Master in Financial Economics

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Portugal Faro

The program aims at complementing student´s academic formation with the development of analytical and critical competences in Economics, with particular reference to Financial Economics, providing an advanced knowledge of the modern economic theory with relevance for finance and offering a professional and scientific formation to students with particular interest in finance. [+]

The MSc in Financial Economics is fully accredited by the Portuguese Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education. Such accreditation is based on the recognition of the excellence of the program’s Faculty (scientific research and teaching practices), as well as on the exceptional quality of School’s facilities and equipment. This master course is intended to fulfill the societies' growing needs of high qualified resources in finance, and to offer a specialized formation in this field, in English, that can capture national and foreign students. We aim to provide a specialized academic formation in this scientific field not only to undergraduate students of the University of Algarve but also to other national and international students, who look for a specialization in financial economics. On the other hand, the specialized formation provides the students with appropriate background to attend the PhD Program in Management and Economic Sciences, lectured by the Faculty of Economics of the University of Algarve. Students of this Master Course also have an opportunity to attend courses of the Master in Finance and Banking at the University Pablo Olavide (Seville) in the Spring term. Master Goals and Learning Objectives The MSc in Financial Economics is a 3 semester program that provides students with rigorous training in economics, econometrics and finance, aiming to helping student progress in their studies at the PhD level. In addition, the range of electives that are offered allow the graduate in Financial Economics to start his/her career in investment and commercial banks, central banks, consulting firms and policy oriented organizations. In particular, after graduating students should be able to: Critically interpret the current research in Financial Economics and evaluate it's empirical relevance; Understand the role and duties of financial institutions; Understand the way financial markets work and identify potential market failures that require the state's intervention and regulation; Perform empirical research in financial economics using appropriate quantitative methods. Career oportunities This is a Master Program with recruitment at national and international levels. Job opportunities for graduates in Financial Economics are very promising. Statistics show that the majority of graduates in Financial Economics obtain employment in several areas, particularly linked to the financial sector. Among others, it can be mentioned the following areas: Banks and other financial institutions (insurance, funding management societies, stock exchange, leasing societies, factoring societies, brokerage firms); Consulting and auditing firms; Firms' financial departments; Central Public Administration (departments of foresight and planning, public institutes in the fields of Economics and Statistics); International economic organizations. [-]

Master in Food Technology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Portugal Faro

The aim of MSc programme in Food Technology is to provide a general understanding of food properties and production, and knowledge in technologies involved in the production of safe and healthy food that qualifies the recipient not only to analyse and control, but also to design, innovate and develop food production systems and food products. [+]

The aim of MSc programme in Food Technology is to provide a general understanding of food properties and production, and knowledge in technologies involved in the production of safe and healthy food that qualifies the recipient not only to analyse and control, but also to design, innovate and develop food production systems and food products. Those completing the MSc in Food Technology can integrate research and development (R&D) institutions/departments, food company’s technical staff or work at intermediate/senior management level in the food industry. The acquired skills will enable them to carry out activities associated with e.g. the processing and analysis of food and (alcoholic) beverages, research and development of new food products and processes, food safety and quality, assessment and mitigation of environmental impact of the food industry, traceability and authenticity of food products. Objectives Students will acquire the necessary skills to work in the design, implementation and innovation of processes and products in the area of food science and technology; Students will obtain the fundamental knowledge to understand the physical, chemical and biological properties of food and drink, as well as the changes resulting from technological processes and methods of control the food quality at the different stages of production, in order to obtain safe final products; Students will be able to create original applications, solve problems and produce ethical, social and environmentally responsible judgments, in new situations. Career Opportunities: Development of professional activities in the industry, public administration, education/training, consulting services, audit, regulation, in the food technology area: Innovating and developing production, preservation and packaging processes of food; Controlling and managing the chemical, microbiological, nutritional, sensorial and authenticity of food quality, in order to ensure food safety; Mitigating the environmental impact of food industries. [-]

Master in Informatics Engineering

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Portugal Faro

The main objective of the Master is to complement the sound and wide technical and scientific background acquired during a 3 year 1st cycle degree in Informatics Engineering, or equivalent, with advanced studies in market relevant areas of Informatics, as well as other transversal areas. [+]

The Master in Informatics Engineering is a two-year degree with 120 ECTS. The curriculum includes an organized set of curricular units corresponding to 66 ECTS plus a dissertation corresponding to 54 ECTS.The curricular units include both mandatory and optional units. The optional curricular units can be offered in thematic groups (e.g., the thematic group on Intelligent and Information Systems or the thematic group on Networking). Two curricular units, corresponding to 12 out of 66 ECTS pertain to soft-skills. Registered in DGES with the number R/B-AD-783/2007 Objectives The main objective of the Master is to complement the sound and wide technical and scientific background acquired during a 3 year 1st cycle degree in Informatics Engineering, or equivalent, with advanced studies in market relevant areas of Informatics, as well as other transversal areas. Competencies This MSc degree promotes the development of several competencies, namely: to develop the students capacities for keeping up with the knowledge and technological evolution throughout their professional life; to develop creative and critical skills, and to foster the needs of experimentation, hypothesis formulation and bibliographic search; to develop professional skills such as teamwork and leadership capacities, oral and writing communication; to enable a seamless integration in companies and organizations, by introducing topics such as economical aspects in engineering, project management, companies organization and entrepreneurship; analysis, design and development of information systems; relevant programming languages and paradigms; management of information systems; advanced techniques for problem-solving; advanced topics on security; management of software projects; intelligent systems for complex problem-solving; design and management of computer networks; data mining. [-]

Master in Management

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Portugal Faro

This Master is designed to develop the necessary skills to foster different ways of thinking, different ways of viewing and understanding organizations in the areas of tourism management, healthcare management and/or marine and maritime management. [+]

The Master in Management is a three-semester program, taught in English, that offers three specialization areas: Tourism Management; Healthcare Management; Marine and Maritime Management. This Master is open to applicants from all backgrounds, but primarily aimed at students who have not previously studied business and management. The Master in Management is fully accredited by the Portuguese Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education. Such accreditation is based on the recognition of the excellence of the program’s Faculty (scientific research and teaching practices), as well as on the exceptional quality of the School’s facilities and equipment. Master Goals and Learning Objectives The MSc Management is designed to develop the necessary skills to foster different ways of thinking, different ways of viewing and understanding organisations in the areas of tourism management, healthcare management and/or marine and maritime management.Simultaneously, it is expected that the Master promotes the creation and dissemination of scientific research with national and international recognition in this important area of knowledge. The study program also intends to ensure internships and career opportunities based on established partnerships. Intended learning outcomes (knowledge, skills and competences) to be developed by the students: On completion of this course students should be able to: Reinforce both an academic and a professional background in Management in the specialization areas of tourism, healthcare and marine management; Work as part of a team and to develop independent work using critical thinking and creativity to solve complex business problems in the economy and society; Acquire the habit of thinking in global terms and lay the foundations of a personal network of contacts; Acquire communication, interaction and team working skills; Develop a research project and develop independent and autonomous research. Career Opportunities: Tourism Management, Healthcare Management and Marine and Maritime Management are emerging fields within Management. The increasing interest in these fields of study is due largely to their growing importance to the socio-economic development of regions and countries. Thus the job opportunities for graduates in these sectors are, in general, very promising. This Master prepare graduates for a wide range of potential careers in Tourism Management, Healthcare Management and Marine and Maritime Management. Among others, it can be mentioned the following roles: auditing/accounting, general management, operations management, human recourses management, marketing, strategic planning, working for a family business or even setting up their own business. [-]

Master in Marine and Coastal Systems

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Portugal Faro

The Marine and Coastal Systems MSc program is devoted to assess Human and natural forcings on coastal and marine systems using an interdisciplinary approach. Students will study the geological, physical, chemical and biological forcings operating within these systems and the associated consequences. [+]

The Marine and Coastal Systems master programme (MaCS - SIMCO) integrates knowledge using an interdisciplinary approach. It focuses on the study of processes operating within the coastal and marine systems, subject to complex geological, physical, chemical, biological and social forcings. The Marine and Coastal Systems MSc program is devoted to assess Human and natural forcings on coastal and marine systems using an interdisciplinary approach. Students will study the geological, physical, chemical and biological forcings operating within these systems and the associated consequences. The master program has a strong practical component (250 h of practical classes and 50 h of field work) and a semester devoted to training tools and skills, including sea trial and scientific diving (as optional). The hands-on approach and the use of the near-by located excellent natural labs of the Algarve coast are our trade marks. Teaching methods: Taught modules, core and optional Research training modules Field work and field visits (more than 50h) and use of field equipment Laboratory work (more than 200h) and use of extensive laboratory facilities and equipment Science communication in seminars Scientific diving (optional) Learning outcomes, skills and competences: Capacity to assess of Human and natural forcings on coastal and marine systems based on: Strong foundation in the Marine Sciences, including biology, chemistry, physics, and geological aspects of marine/coastal systems. Ability to integrate knowledge and skills from all areas of study to address interdisciplinary problems and climate change challenges. Critical and analytical thinking skills: Define procedures, operations and techniques for problem solving Evaluate environmental risks Evaluate the trophic state of waters Demonstrate ability and proficiency in quantitative skills: Model waves, tides and currents Model coastal and marine systems Process oceanographic data Elaborate and analyze submarine mapping Elaborate programs of environmental monitoring Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form to convey scientific knowledge and results to peers, and public domain Ability to independently design and execute research work oriented on quantitative data Develop the capacity of working in a team Careers and Employment: technical and scientific employment; advising/mediating functions in the processes of participatory management; consultancy at/for companies (environmental restoration, ocean energy, management, dredging, oil, spatial planning, marine resources) lead functions in the implementation of new legal national (and European) instruments on the territorial/economic marine and coastal field. [-]

Master in Marine Biology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Portugal Faro

The Marine Biology Master aims to promote advanced multidisciplinary training in Marine Biology, providing skills for the analysis and understanding of marine biodiversity, from genes to ecosystems, their functioning and diversity. [+]

The Marine Biology Master aims to promote advanced multidisciplinary training in Marine Biology, providing skills for the analysis and understanding of marine biodiversity, from genes to ecosystems, their functioning and diversity. The program includes a strong component of active participation in practical research projects, including laboratory and field work in different marine ecosystems. Courses are taught in English. Typically, students come from a diversity of international backgrounds. Career Opportunities: The Marine Biology Master has many professional applications in a wide range of fields ranging from marine biological conservation and resource exploitation to biotechnological innovation. This program prepares the students for scientific, academic and technical careers in a wide diversity of fields in Marine Biology, such as: marine biodiversity assessment and conservation; marine protected areas – planning and management; marine biological resource use and management; monitoring of marine ecosystems; marine ecosystem restoration; blue biotechnology; marine natural products; marine ecotourism; marine environmental education; marine impact studies. The MSc is also an essential training step towards continuing studies into a PhD. [-]

Master in Molecular and Microbial Biology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Portugal Faro

This MSc program aims to complement fundamental education in Life Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Technologies or Health Sciences and Technologies, with advanced and specialized education in Molecular and Microbial Biology, and thus form competent researchers and technicians that dominate concepts and techniques in microbiology and molecular biology, in a perspective of fundamental and applied research, as well as of technological development of molecular diagnose tools. [+]

If you search for a deep understanding of microbial and other biological systems, driving from molecular and cellular organization of individual or community to apply in different areas (Environmental, Industrial and Biomedical) then come and seek your tools in the Microbial and Molecular Biology (MMB) Master Program. This Master was accredited by the A3ES Commission. This MSc program aims to complement fundamental education in Life Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Technologies or Health Sciences and Technologies, with advanced and specialized education in Molecular and Microbial Biology, and thus form competent researchers and technicians that dominate concepts and techniques in microbiology and molecular biology, in a perspective of fundamental and applied research, as well as of technological development of molecular diagnose tools. Career Opportunities: You will acquire a solid knowledge of biological processes from molecular, cellular and ecological perspectives and ii) acquire a solid knowledge about living organisms of environmental, industrial and clinical importance. With a MMB MSc you can become: Technical Director/Specialized technician in public or private laboratories, conducting and developing analysis and diagnosis in an environmental, clinical or industrial context; a Ph.D student able to work independently in the field/laboratory; a research assistant able to plan, execute and report a specific scientific project, and able to communicate the scientific work. For other details contact ffonseca@ualg.pt (MSc. director) [-]

Master in Tourism Economics and Regional Development

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Portugal Faro

This is a master's degree taught in English which has international recruitment. Since its first edition in 2012/13, the master was attended by students from the five continents. This degree is integrated in a Double Degree Program with the Master in Economics of Tourism: Monitoring and Evaluation, offered by the University of the Balearic Islands (Spain). [+]

Tourism is one of the economic activities with highest growth at world level. This Master combines Tourism Economics, an emerging scientific field within Economics, with Regional Development. This is a master's degree taught in English which has international recruitment. Since its first edition in 2012/13, the master was attended by students from the five continents. This degree is integrated in a Double Degree Program with the Master in Economics of Tourism: Monitoring and Evaluation, offered by the University of the Balearic Islands (Spain). Career Opportunities: The Master aims to train qualified staff able to intervene in the planning and coordination of policies within the tourism sector and regional development. The obtained training opens up a wide range of career opportunities in the tourism sector: one of the most dynamic sectors of economic activity in Portugal and worldwide. [-]

Master in Tourism Organizations Management

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Portugal Faro

This master, with the official accreditation by A3ES Agency, has the following objectives: to transmit the most up-to date knowledge and best practices on management and development of tourism organizations; to integrate the results of both empirical research and provision of services to the community; to stimulate innovation and creative forms of management; to develop capabilities to analyze complex situations and to find integrated solutions to problems; to train professionals and researchers to articulate the process of tourism management with territorial and socio-cultural planning. [+]

Tourism organizations operate in a context of growing complexity. Such complexity requires managers with a solid scientific and multidisciplinary education. The course in Tourism Organizations Management is an international Master, lectured in English by both university scholars and professionals from the tourism industry. This Master addresses the state of the art knowledge and best practices in the management of tourism organizations. It covers key areas of Tourism Business Administration, such as: Operations, Leadership and Organizational Behaviour, Finance, Marketing and Quality. Other fields include: Tourism Economics, Policy and Strategy, Events and Attractions Management. Master Goals and Learning Objectives to transmit the most up-to-date knowledge and best practices on management and development of tourism organizations, by building up on the knowledge acquired at undergraduate level; to integrate the results of both empirical research and provision of services to the community, enhancing diverse skills; to stimulate innovation and creative forms of management; to develop students‘ capability to analyse complex situations and to find integrated solutions to problems; to train professionals and researchers to the appropriate level so that they can articulate the process of tourism management with territorial and socio-cultural planning and development of tourism destinations. [-]

Master in Urban Water Cycle

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Portugal Faro

This master programme aims to train professionals with skills to develop technological solutions based on scientific knowledge, to ensure water needs for modern societies. In our days, the sustainable water management for various uses is a major challenge, especially in a socioeconomic context of high complexity and in a scenario of climate change. [+]

This master programme aims to train professionals with skills to develop technological solutions based on scientific knowledge, to ensure water needs for modern societies. In our days, the sustainable water management for various uses is a major challenge, especially in a socioeconomic context of high complexity and in a scenario of climate change. Thus, coastal cities and in particular cities in the Mediterranean region, have lack of professionals trained to develop integrated solutions that increase the resilience to water scarcity. Career Opportunities: Public companies of the water sector; Research institutes; Public administration; Analysis laboratories; Consultancy firms; International organizations with competences in the water domain (e.g., UNESCO, UNICEF, FAO). [-]

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Address Estrada da Penha
8005-139 Faro, Portugal
Website http://www.ualg.pt/en
Phone +351 289 800 003