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Marine Biology and Conservation

Marine Biology and Conservation

Course Presentation

MARE R&D Unit, classified as Excellent by FCT supports this study cycle integrating some of its PhD members in the different curricular units. It will provide a specialized training in Marine Biology and Conservation of Marine Systems, integrating the main theories and methods of study and analysis with a practical approach to the problems of management given the students the possibility of choosing two profiles in the 2nd year: i) an applied profile integrating their work in an internship in institutes, institutions and corporations with which ISPA establishes agreements; ii) a scientific and research profile. This study cycle promotes the development of competencies for deepening theoretical knowledge and critical analysis, the learning of advanced laboratory and field study techniques and the accomplishment of

original scientific work and applied studies in marine biology and conservation.

Profile of the Programme and Level of Qualification

2 (two) years, 4 (four) semesters, 38 weeks of full-time study per academic year, 120 ECTS. 


University Higher Education – Masters Level 7 (National Framework of Qualifications, Decree-Law 782/2009, published in Diário da República, 1ª Série, nº 141, July 23th.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Understand and integrate in a proficient manner the main theories of Marine Biology and Conservation of Ecossystems and use in a professional and competent way the main methods and techniques;

2. Understand the basic biological phenomena which influence marine ecological processes and their implications to conservation strategies;

3. Master the advanced statistical analysis of ecological data and the interpretation of the results obtained;

4. Design, project, adapt and execute scientific research in Marine Biology and Conservation, respecting the ethical principles underlining the research process and the use of animals in research;

5. Communicate in a clear and professional way the conclusion of the research as well as its theoretical and methodological assumptions to diverse audiences: scientists, decision makers, managers and the general public;

6. Transmit and promote scientific knowledge and its integration in the social and cultural context.

Qualification awarded

 Master Degree.

Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning

In accordance with the current legislation (Portaria 401/2007, of Abril 5th and Decreto Lei 64/2006, of March 21st) ISPA recognizes and credits skills acquired in professional and other contexts for academic purposes.

Mode of Study

Full-time. Two semesters with a curricular component and two semesters of dissertation.

Access to Further Study

The Master’s degree allows access to 3rd Cycle studies, according to the conditions stated by NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Center).


More information at NARIC.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate the student must complete the 120 ECTS successfully.

Programme Director

Emanuel Gonçalves - emanuel@ispa.pt

Admission Requirements

a) Holders of a first degree (post-Bologna 1st cycle ) organized in accordance with the principles of the Bologna Process or holders of a pre-Bologna degree in Biology or similar areas such as Environmental

Sciences, Taxonomy, Botany, Genetics, Zootechnical Engineering.

b) Exceptionally, if this requirement is not met, holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum, that is recognized as attesting the capacity for the completion of this Course.


The recognition referred to in b) is performed by the Scientific Council and by the Board of the Course.

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