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Applied Marine Biology

Universidade de Aveiro
2 years
Master's degree
Scholarships available
English, Portuguese
Universidade de Aveiro

Program description

Applied Marine Biology

The Master course in Applied Marine Biology (MAMB) at the University of Aveiro is taught by a team of internationally trained academics. It has excellent teaching and research facilities including ecology and molecular biology laboratories, infrastructures for experimentation and maintenance of living organisms, and it also benefits from the proximity of a natural laboratory, the Ria de Aveiro. The close interaction with the researchers of CESAM (Center for the Study of Marine and Environmental Sciences – an Associated Laboratory classified as Excellent in the last evaluation of the Foundation for Science and Technology), as well as access to ECOMARE (Laboratory for Innovation and Sustainability of Marine Biological Resources at the University of Aveiro), provide excellent multidisciplinary research opportunities in the field of Marine Sciences.

The MAMB offers specialized training in Marine Biology. Its curricular plan provides advanced theoretical and methodological training for understanding the functioning of marine ecosystems with a focus on fields of applied knowledge such as the Conservation and Management of Marine Ecosystems, Blue Biotechnology and Aquaculture. The 2nd year of the MAMB is dedicated to the applied component: the students can choose to pursue their training in a professional environment by applying to an internship in companies, institutes and other external organizations or in an academic environment by developing a dissertation project.

The MAMB has the following objectives: i) to promote the understanding of the fundamental ecological processes for the maintenance of biodiversity, functioning and services of marine ecosystems; ii) to develop the capacity to apply this knowledge in solving scientific issues and socio-economic challenges in the marine domain; iii) to confer competences for planning and undertaking scientific research, as well as for analysing and communicating the results obtained; iv) to instigate principles of ethics and responsibility in the development of research, innovation and knowledge transfer activities.

Admission requirements

  1. Licenciatura level degree, or legal equivalent in Biology or related area.
  2. Foreign higher education degree in Biology or related area awarded on completion of a 1st cycle study programs organised in accordance with the principles of the Bologna Process by a State adhering to this process.
  3. Foreign higher education degree in Biology or related area recognised as satisfying the objectives of the licenciatura degree by the scientifically and statutorily competent body.
  4. The Scientific Council of the University of Aveiro may admit applicants proposed by the Director of the Study Cycle who do not meet the conditions specified above but whose academic, scientific or professional curriculum reveal an adequate preparation for frequenting the Masters programs, in accordance with Article 17, N.º 1, d), Decree Law n.º 74/2006, as expressed in DL n.º 65/2018 of 16 August, and Article 47, N.º 1, d) of the Study Regulations of the University of Aveiro.
  5. The recognition referred to in 2, 3 and 4 is valid only for entry to the study cycle and does not confer equivalence to the degree of licenciatura or recognition of this degree.
  6. Students enrolled in the 2019/2020 academic year in a cycle of University of Aveiro studies and who meet conditions for application in 2020/2021 may not apply for the same cycle o f studies under the terms of this competition.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website

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Program content

Year 1

1º Semester

  • Global Change Biology and Ecology in the Marine Environment
  • Biology, Ecology and Conservation of Coastal Zones
  • Biology, Ecology and Consvation of the Open and Deep Sea
  • Experimental Planning and Biological Data Analysis

Free Option I

  • Processes to Support Marine Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity
  • Applied And Environmental Microbiology
  • Aquaculture and Fisheries
  • Biodiversity And Ecology
  • Biological And Molecular Evolution
  • Biological Pollution Indicators
  • Biology, Human Physiology And Health
  • Cellular And Molecular Toxicology
  • Conservation and Rehabilitation of Marine Animals
  • Data Analysis And Experimental Design
  • Development Biology
  • Ecological Risk Assessment and Legislation
  • Evolution and Microbial Diversity
  • Molecular And Cell Biology Laboratories
  • Neurobiology
  • Oceanography And Biological Processes
  • Physiology And Microbial Genetics
  • Quantitative Ecology of Populations
  • Rna Biology
  • Safety And Food Microbiology
  • Toxicology and Ecotoxicology

2º Semester

  • Life Support Systems And Marine Organisms Maintenance
  • Integrated Management of Marine Ecossystems

Free Option III

  • Biotecnologia Azul
  • Aquaculture Production Systems
  • Ecological Quality of Marine Ecosystems
  • Planctonology

Free Option IV

  • Biotecnologia Azul
  • Aquaculture Production Systems
  • Ecological Quality of Marine Ecosystems
  • Planctonology

Free Option II

  • Biotecnologia Azul
  • Aquaculture Production Systems
  • Ecological Quality of Marine Ecosystems
  • Ecology Applied to Integrated Multi-trophic Aquaculture
  • Planctonology

Year 2


  • Transferable Skills in Life Sciences
  • Dissertation / Project /internship

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • Local/EU Students: 1000€ per year
  • International/Non-EU Students: 5500€ per year

Career opportunities

The objectives of the MAMB are in line with the "Blue Growth" strategy, which aims to "support long-term sustainable growth in all marine and maritime sectors, recognizing the importance of the seas and oceans as drivers of the European economy with great potential for innovation and growth ". In this context, the holders of a MAMB degree will have the ability assume scientific and technical functions in Marine Sciences R&D and contribute to an effective and sustainable management of marine and maritime activities.

They may perform their professional activity in public or private entities, as researchers, academics or teachers, specialized technicians, managers, consultants or entrepreneurs in various sectors. Some examples are:

  • Public institutions or non-governmental organizations linked to conservation, fisheries or management of other marine biological resources
  • Education, training and research institutions
  • Entrepreneurship in the maritime sector (ecotourism, technological innovation, natural products)
  • Advisory and consultancy (e.g. environmental impact studies and monitoring of marine ecosystems)
  • Aquaculture and biotechnology industry or companies
  • Molecular biology, pharmaceutical, food safety laboratories
  • Public aquariums and marine parks

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3810-193 Aveiro

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