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Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

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

Program description

Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

The Master in Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (MMASc) aims to train professionals able to integrate in their specific activities the multidisciplinary characteristics (chemical, physical, geological, biological and social) involved in marine and atmospheric processes.

The MMASc follows the global trend towards the holistic study of the climate system based on the Earth System models, to which are added the socio-economic components, management and governance to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Following this paradigm, the study plan consists of a set of mandatory courses, which offers a multidisciplinary training, and four optional courses which together with the theme of Thesis / Internship, allows todesign more specialized profiles in one of the following areas:

  • marine resources;
  • meteorology and physical oceanography;
  • protection and management of coastal areas.

Admission requirements

  1. Licenciatura level degree, or legal equivalent in Marine Sciences, Meteorology, Oceanography, Geophysics, Geological Engineering, Physics, Engineering Physics, Physics and Chemistry, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Sciences and related fields.
  2. Foreign higher education degree in in one of the areas mentioned in 2.1, 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 one of the areas mentioned in 2.1, 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. That which is indicated in points 2 to 4 is valid only for entry to the study cycle and does not confer any formal recognition of this degree on the holder of the qualification.
  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

  • Marine Meteorology
  • Monitorization of Atmospheric and Marine Systems
  • Coastal Oceanography
  • Atmospheric and Marine Risks

Optional I

  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Geophysics Applied To Hydrocarbon Prospecting
  • Hydromorphology of Coastal Margins
  • Large-scale Atmospheric Circulation
  • Structure And Functioning Of Marine Ecosystems

2º Semester

  • Marine and Atmospheric Data Processing and Analysis
  • Large Scale Oceanic Processes
  • Global Climate System

Option II

  • Aquaculture and Fisheries
  • Environmental Management Systems
  • Marine and Atmospheric Systems Modelling
  • Processing Of Geophysical Data

Option III

  • Marine and Coastal Management and Planning
  • Mesoscale Meteorology

Year 2

1º Semester

  • Free Option


  • Dissertation / 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


Future graduates will be able to perform specialized tasks in multidisciplinary teams - identifying marine resources and proposing solutions for their sustainable use - working in the areas of meteorology and / or oceanography and research of climate change –characterizing risks and proposing technically and financially viable solutions in the framework of planning, management and rehabilitation of coastal and marine areas; They will also be able to develop critical thinking on problems and propose ethically responsible solutions to positively influence society and decision-makers.

Continuing studies

Our Master’s programs in Marine and Atmospheric Sciences gives the basis to pursue both national and international PhD studies

Career opportunities

The MMASc provides scientific and technical basis for a wide range of professional activities:

  • Exploration and management of marine resources.
  • Weather and climate forecasts
  • Mapping and forecasting production from renewable energy sources
  • Marine pollution control and analysis of water quality
  • Protection and management of coastal areas
  • Modelling of atmospheric and marine processes
  • Climate research

In addition to expertise in the scientific areas of the master, graduates also gain transferable skills, particularly in data analysis and modelling, very appreciated in other activity sectors.

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3810-193 Aveiro

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