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Master's Degree in Oceanography and Marine Environmental Management

Universitat de Barcelona
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Master's Degree in Oceanography and Marine Environmental Management

Program description

Master's Degree in Oceanography and Marine Environmental Management

Master's degree in Oceanography and Marine Environmental Management: an interuniversity master's degree for graduates looking to specialize in marine sciences.

The master's degree in Oceanography and Marine Environmental Management is an official postgraduate degree offered by the UB and the UPC to graduates in experimental sciences and engineering who wish to specialize in marine sciences, either for professional purposes or as preparation for doctoral studies and a research career.

This master's degree replaces the former program Marine Sciences: Oceanography and Marine Environmental Management, which was offered between the academic years 2007-2008 and 2012-2013. The degree is the preferred qualification for accessing the doctoral program in Marine Sciences offered jointly by the UB and UPC.

The languages of instruction for this program are Spanish (55%), Catalan (40%) and English (5%).

Admission requirements

In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/29 October 2007, students must hold one of the following qualifications to access university master's degree courses:

  • An official Spanish degree.
  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.
  • A qualification from outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, the qualification should be recognized as equivalent to an official Spanish degree. If it is not recognized, the University of Barcelona shall verify that it corresponds to a level of education that is equivalent to official Spanish degrees and that it authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Modules include:

Compulsory credits

  • Oceanography and Marine Environmental Management

Optional credits

  • Data Acquisition and Processing in Oceanography: Methodology and Field Techniques
  • Biodiversity and Marine Ecology
  • Physical, Geological and Biogeochemical Oceanography
  • Marine Environmental Analysis and Management

Tuition fees

For more information about tuition fees, please visit the university website.


The master's degree in Oceanography and Marine Environmental Management offers a range of theoretical and practical subjects designed to achieve two main objectives:

  • The application of knowledge acquired in previous studies to marine science, and
  • The acquisition of additional complementary knowledge, from the field of oceanography and marine environmental management, pertinent to further professional or research activities.

The program emphasises the close connection between knowledge and fundamental research and its role in addressing and resolving specific environmental problems related to the marine environment.

Career opportunities

Both the UB and UPC, in their respective areas of specialization, make significant contributions to the research and technological development in marine issues carried out in Spain. In addition to these two universities, there are various significant Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) centres in Catalonia that undertake fundamental research in the marine environment (including the Mediterranean Centre for Marine and Environmental Research [CMIMA], which comprises the Institute of Marine Sciences and the Marine Technology Unit; the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research, and the Blanes Centre for Advanced Studies [CEAB]); specialized Catalan Government research institutes, such as the Institute of Food and Agricultural Research, and engineering companies working in evaluation, project development and environmental surveys and studies on the marine environment, covering coastal engineering, geophysics, marine ecology, fisheries and aquaculture.

For decades Catalan universities have been producing graduates and doctors who have joined institutions and companies in the field, which in turn contribute, through collaboration agreements for work placements, to raising the levels of training and professionalism of graduates and education programs.

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Universitat de Barcelona 

The University of Barcelona, founded in 1450, is a comprehensive higher education institution that presents deep academic tradition coupled with frontier scientific knowledge. It is located in the city of Barcelona, one of the main cosmopolitan hubs in the Mediterranean...

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Why study at Universitat de Barcelona

Why choose the University of Barcelona?

  • It is the top-rated Spanish university in the most prestigious international university rankings.
  • It is among the 25 best universities of the world with more than 400 years of history.
  • It is situated in Barcelona, one of the best university cities in the World.
  • It offers a wide range of course offerings: bachelor’s degree courses, master’s degree courses, doctoral programs and other specific courses and programs.

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Universitat de Barcelona

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585
08007 Barcelona Catalunya

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