Master's Degree in Marine Ecology (MECM)

Universidad de las Islas Baleares - UIB

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Master's Degree in Marine Ecology (MECM)

Universidad de las Islas Baleares - UIB

What will you learn?

The results of the learning can be summarized in:

  • Acquire basic training on the parameters and environmental characteristics of the marine environment in general and the Mediterranean Sea in particular.
  • Know the dynamics of the oceans from the coupling between the atmosphere and water and how the whole system of superficial and deep circulation is modeled.
  • Distinguish and recognize the components of the planktonic, nektonic and benthic communities, as well as the trophic relationships between them and the aspects related to the global metabolism of marine ecosystems.
  • Know the theoretical and practical aspects of the methods and techniques of scientific work in the marine environment, through sampling campaigns and subsequent study of samples in the laboratory.

Structure of the studies

The University Master in Marine Ecology of the University of the Balearic Islands consists of 60 ECTS credits. With the aim of facilitating the development of competences and the coherence of the curriculum, the subjects that compose it are grouped into compulsory and optional, in addition to the Practicum and the final Master's work that are also mandatory.

The 60 credits are:

  • 27 credits, compulsory, of the module: "Module 1: Structural"
  • 15 credits, optional, to choose among the modules of the module: "Module 2: Specific"
  • 18 credits, compulsory, (6 credits of External Practices and 12 credits of the Master's Degree Final Project) of the module: "Module 3: Practices and Work"

Module 1: Structural

The compulsory subjects bring together, in 27 ECTS credits, the fundamental contents that provide basic training to understand the state of knowledge and the main lines of research that are currently carried out in the field of Marine Ecology. It also equips the student with the basic practical tools to undertake a professional or research career in any field of Marine Ecology.

Module 2: Specific

The elective subjects bring together, in 15 ECTS credits, specific content on different topics so that students can choose the options that most interest them with a view to their professional or research future.

Module 3: Practices and Work

The Practicum of 6 ECTS credits, compulsory, has as its objective that the student acquires a training in certain work methodologies, supervised by a researcher of a research center or, where appropriate, by a professional in the field of private or public enterprise, and that you can apply them to the project that will lead you to the completion of your Master's final project. The Practicum can be carried out in national or international research centers related to the sea, in private or public companies, or in the UIB itself.

The final master's work of 12 ECTS credits, the TFM, will consist of the development of a research work directed by a doctor researcher, its presentation in the form of a memory of the work carried out and its public defense. It will be carried out in the context of one of the lines of work in the field of marine ecology and will preferably be linked to the Practicum, in order to optimize efforts and apply the methodologies and techniques learned to the TFM.

Admission profile and admission criteria

Taking into account the provisions of article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, as amended by Royal Decree 861/2010, to access the master's degree in Marine Ecology, it will be necessary to hold an official university degree issued by a higher education institution belonging to a member of the European Higher Education Area that allows access to master's degrees in that country.

Also, graduates may access according to educational systems outside the European Higher Education Area without the need for homologation of their degrees, after verification by the University that they accredit a level of education equivalent to the corresponding official Spanish university degrees and that empower in the country issuing the diploma for access to postgraduate education. The access by this way will not imply, in any case, the homologation of the previous title that is in possession of the interested party, nor its recognition for other purposes than that of studying the master's degree.

This Master is especially suitable for graduates in Biology, Marine Sciences or related degrees. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the Master, the possibility is also foreseen that it may be taken by graduates in other disciplines related to the lines covered in the Master.

This school offers programs in:
  • Spanish

Last updated March 14, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
1 year
Full time
2,008 EUR
Price applicable to nationals of the Member States of the European Union and residents of the Spanish State
Spain - Palma, Balearic Islands
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