Master in Marine Biology and Global Change

General Objectives of the Course

Based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and on the 2030 Agenda, within the context of the United Nations, the Master in Marine Biology and Global Change aims to offer specialized and multidisciplinary training at an advanced level in different areas of Marine Biology and sustainability, namely: Valorisation of Marine Natural Resources and Ecosystem Services, Genetic Resources, Aquaculture and Fisheries and Sustainable Food System and its interaction with other Biological and Ecological subjects. To foster a critical appreciation of the scientific literature in order to develop the confidence required for independent work, in or out of science. • To provide the students a variety of transferable skills that will be helpful in future choice of career as well as direct contact with professors and scientists that do science in this field. The objectives of this master's degree will be fulfilled as follows: in each curricular unit students will have to do different tasks (practical or theoretical) according to the programme set by the teacher. The way and quality in which those tasks are performed express the student’s knowledge and is subjected to evaluation.

Admission Requirements

Holders of a bachelor's degree or legal equivalent in Biology, Biochemistry, Aquatic Sciences, Other Sciences related to the Master course.

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

Professional Goals

Technicians in Marine Biology, Resources, Sustainability and Global Change; National and international experts in the aquaculture 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 (e.g. animal production); Technicians responsible for supporting business innovation.

Mode of Study


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, their 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, inter and multidisciplinary at an advanced level in distinct areas of sustainable management, marine environmental protection and in the area of Marine Biology Resources. 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 marine biological Resources. Afte the conclusion of this Master course, the students should have acquired:
1. Instrumental skills, e.g. competence in synthesis and analysis, ability in organization and planning, competency in oral and writing communication, capacity to express themselves in English, to use informatics within the scope of their activities, competency in managing information, to solve problems and to make decisions.
2. Personal and Inter-personal competencies, e.g. competency in group work, competency in working in interdisciplinary teams, competencies in working within an international context, competency in critical reasoning, competency in understanding specialists’ language.
3. Systemic competencies, e.g. competencies in autonomous learning, in searching, capability to adjust to new situations, creativity, leadership, initiative and enterprising spirit, care about rigor and quality, competency in applying the theoretical knowledge, competency in planning and managing, in auto-criticism and auto-evaluation.
The way and quality in which they are performed by the students express their degree of fulfilment and is subjected to evaluation. Each responsible for the Curricular Unit defines and provides the students the information of the FUC that contains the indications needed for a successful performance by the students through their study programme that also includes a Dissertation or an Internship with a strong practical or theoric-practical component evaluated in the defence of the dissertation or of the internship, by a Jury.

Course Coordinator(s)

José Carlos Caetano Xavier

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, and Port. nº 782/2009 de July 23

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 “Thesis Project in Marine Biology and Global Change” (1st semester) and 57 ECTS to the curricular unit “Dissertation in Marine Biology and Global Change” (annual), which must be publicly defended before a jury or 57 ECTS in the curricular unit “Internship in Marine Biology and Global Change” (annual), which must be publicly defended before a jury.

Access to Further Studies

3rd cycle of studies.

Study Programme

Marine Biology and Global Change

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Advanced Specialisation Master Programme

DGES Code: MC73

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
2021-07-31 a 2027-07-31
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior

Nº Registo: R/A-Cr 285/2021