Master in Biological Resources, Territorial Development and Sustainability

General Objectives of the Course

The effects of climate change affect territories and related economic activities, in particular agro-food production systems, including aquaculture and fisheries. The scenarios of climatic evolution for Portugal point to progressively more unfavourable conditions, evidencing the need to adapt the production systems to the new conditions.
In this scenario, it is important to highlight the existence of an important national natural heritage that contains endogenous genetic resources with little potential for innovation, valorization, diversification and expansion in the agro-food sector (including aquaculture and fisheries) and forestry.
General objectives:
To know and value endogenous biological resources, in particular in the region, with the aim of contributing to the dynamization and sustainable development of the territory.
To maintain and value endogenous genetic resources, especially the central region of Portugal, promoting the sustainability and resilience of aquaculture and fisheries as well as agroforestry systems in the context of climate change.

Admission Requirements

Holders of a bachelor's degree or legal equivalent in Biology, Biochemistry, Anthropology, Agriculture and Forestry Sciences, Other Life Sciences, Economic and Social Sciences and Human Sciences.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Professional Goals

Technicians in Biological Resources, Territorial Development and Sustainability; National and international experts in the agroforestry sector; Environmental managers and environmental and social responsibility of private companies; Senior technicians in municipalities and state agencies (ICNF, APA, DGAV, NGOs); Senior technicians in agro-environmental companies, agricultural and animal production; Technicians responsible for supporting business innovation.

Mode of Study

Daytime / Full-time / Face-to-face

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese and/or English

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

The evaluation is a pedagogical activity attached to teaching, intended to determine the skills and knowledge acquired by students, their critical thinking, the ability to formulate and solve problems as well as their ability of written and oral expression. The students enrolled in curricular units of a specific academic year are admitted to the assessment tests during the academic year, and also register in these tests when such registration is required, in accordance with nr. 8 of Article 11 of the Teaching Regulations of the University of Coimbra. Some examples of evaluation elements: written exams or oral tests, written and practical assignments and projects, individual or in group, which may have to be defended orally, and class participation. The evaluation of each module may include one or more of the evaluation elements listed above. The classification of each student for each course corresponds to an integer value between 0 and 20. Students are approved if they obtain a final mark of 10 or above. Whenever the assessment of a course unit comprises more than one element of assessment, the final grade is calculated from the marks obtained in each assessment element, using a formula made public according to nr. 3 of Article 16 and nr. 2 of Article 7 of RPUC.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

This master has the goal to offer specialized training in distinct areas of sustainable management of Biological Resources and Territorial development. The acquired scientific and technical training in this matter is fundamental to understand the challenges associated to Human development and global changes linked to the sustainable management of biological Resources and to the problematic of territorial development. Students should acquire:
1. Instrumental skills (competence in synthesis and analysis; organization and planning; oral and writing communication; capacity to express themselves in English; to use informatics; managing information and to make decisions).
2. Personal and Inter-personal competencies (in group work; in interdisciplinary teams; within an international context; critical reasoning; understanding specialists’ language).
3. Systemic competencies (in autonomous learning; capability to adjust to new situations; creativity; leadership; initiative and enterprising spirit; rigor and quality; applying the theoretical knowledge; planning and managing; in auto-criticism and auto-evaluation).

Course Coordinator(s)

João Carlos Mano Castro Loureiro

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

António Xavier de Barros e Cunha Pereira Coutinho

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning is carried out in accordance with the Academic Regulation of the University of Coimbra.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

The legal framework for the qualification is established by the Decree-Law nr. 74/2006, 24th March, in its current wording, Portaria nº 782/2009 de July 23rd and Decree-Law nr. 65/2018, 16th August, in its current wording.

Graduation Requirements

According to the study plan, students must fulfil 120 ECTS in total: 1st year (two semesters) – 60 ECTS; 2nd year - 60 ECTS: 3 ECTS correspond to the curricular unit “Seminar II” (1st semester) and 57 ECTS to the curricular unit “Dissertation in Biological Resources, Territorial Development and Sustainability” (annual), which must be publicly defended before a jury or 57 ECTS in the curricular unit “Internship in Biological Resources, Territorial Development and Sustainability” (annual), which must be publicly defended before a jury.

Access to Further Studies

3rd cycle of studies.

Study Programme

Recursos Biológicos, Valorização do Território e Sustentabilidade

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Advanced Specialisation Master Programme

DGES Code: MB36

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 120.0

Category: Advanced specialization second cycle


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 11-09-2023
End date: 16-12-2023
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2024
End date: 23-05-2024


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2020-07-31 a 2026-07-30
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior

Nº Registo: R/A-Cr 89/2020