Master in 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.


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.


Programme structure

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Working Hours & Contacts


10:30h to 17:30h



Phone: +351 218 811 700

Fax: +351 218 860 954