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Marine Biology

University of Padua
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
On campus
01 October 2021

Program description

Marine Biology

The Master’s degree aim to train marine biologists with the skills needed for understanding key processes and patterns in marine and coastal ecosystems, for the conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, and for the development of methods and technologies for the breeding of economically relevant commercial species.

The knowledge of Biology acquired during the Bachelor will be deepened with course units on evolutionary processes; reproductive strategies; adaptation, morphological and functional plasticity; genetics; molecular biology; marine ecology and conservation; climate changes and other anthropogenic impacts on the environment; experimental design and data analysis.

Admission requirements

Bachelor diploma (or equivalent)

  • A minimum three-year undergraduate degree (or equivalent) with proven skills in Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Biology

Language requirements

English: B2 Level (CEFR) or equivalent

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

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Program content

1st Year

  • Experimental design and statistical analysis;
  • Marine biodiversity;
  • Marine ecology: patterns and processes;
  • Molecular methods for management and aquaculture;
  • Ecology and physiology of global changes;
  • Life cycles and adaptations of marine organisms;
  • Marine conservation: principles and applications;
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and welfare in aquaculture;
  • Practical marine ecology;
  • Seafood sustainability, production and control.

2nd Year

  • Biodiversity and behaviour;
  • Marine ecotoxicology;
  • Farming and feeding of aquatic species;
  • Fish reproduction in aquaculture;
  • Marine microbiology;
  • Pathology of aquatic organisms.

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition fees

Total Fees: €2,622 per year


Awards: Master's degree in Marine Biology

Credit: 120 ECTS

Career opportunities

Graduates reach leadership roles in public and private institutions devoted to the protection and sustainable development of the coastal and marine environment, in laboratories of marine ecotoxicology and quality control of seafood, and in aquaculture facilities. In addition, it is possible to be employed in research institutions and to work in the field of education and outreach. After completion of the Master, students can sustain the State qualification test for being a professional biologist in Italy.

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About this institute

The University of Padua

The University of Padua is a world-leading research-intensive university that has been driving global change since its  foundation in 1222. Loyal to its motto Universa Universis  Patavina Libertas (Paduan freedom is universal for everyone), it has always been a bastion of...

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Why study at University of Padua

  • The University of Padua is a TOP 200 university in the World, that has been driving global change since its foundation in 1222.
  • During eight centuries, students, researchers and alumni have provided key contributions to the advancement of knowledge, science and society.
  • Padua offers a broad and comprehensive portfolio of programmes (over 180, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level; 29 programmes are held completely in English).
  • Interconnections among the different disciplines generate a vibrant and stimulating learning environment, where international students (over 3,000), staff and alumni support the development of the University's mission at global level.

Contact info

University of Padua

Via 8 Febbraio 1848, 2
35122 Padua

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