Master in Marine and Coastal Systems

University of Algarve

Program Description

Master in Marine and Coastal Systems

University of Algarve

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.

Cost & Fees

Application rate Registration fee and School Insurance Annual value of the tuition fee Value of the tuition fee for international students*
50€ 175€ 1000€ 3500€
Note: The rate of this course can be paid in installments of similar value 8, being the first at the time of registration and the remaining in the months of October, November, February, March, April, may and June.

*in accordance with Decree-Law No. 36/2014, are not considered international students, nationals of a Member State of the European Union.

Entry Requirements

1st degree (BSc) on Marine Sciences, Biology and Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering and Physical Geography.

Criteria for selection of the candidates:

a) Academic background (50%)

b) Final grade of the BSc degree (30%)

c) Professional experience (20%)

Necessary documentation: Curriculum Vitae (with personal data, academics and professionals); Certificate of Qualifications, with the discrimination of the classifications obtained in each unit.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 23, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2018
2 years
Full time
3,500 EUR
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EU Citizens: 1000€ / International: 3500€