Master's Degree in Marine Ecology (MECM)
It is recommended that students wishing to participate in this master's programme hold a degree in the sciences, specifically, in biology or marine sciences, or a related engineering degree.
The programme provides participants with a complete, multidisciplinary, and up-to-date education covering the basic, advanced, methodological, and applied knowledge that exists in the field of marine ecology. The master's programme has the following key focuses:
- To provide a multidisciplinary education that gives students an in-depth understanding of the inner workings of each of the different kinds of marine ecosystems and their biological characteristics, the usage of the coastline, specific impacts, global changes to which such ecosystems are subjected, and how to manage living resources.
- To provide an advanced education that allows students to apply their knowledge to solving ecological problems in various contexts (research centres, public administrations, businesses, etc.) and contribute their knowledge in multidisciplinary contexts.
- To study real cases and solve real problems related to each case via a project carried out at various research centres, universities (beyond the UIB), and institutions, such as:
- The Oceanography Centres in the Baleares, Santander, and Murcia,
- The Institute of Marine Sciences in Barcelona (CSIC),
- The Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (CSIC),
- The Balearic Islands Coastal Observing and Forecasting System,
- The Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Valencia,
- The University of Girona,
- The University of Malaga,
- LIMIA (Balearic Government),
- Cabrera National Park, and
- The government of Ibiza (Consell Insular d'Eivissa).
- To have an advanced understanding of the characteristics and parameters of the marine environment and know how to apply this understanding in specific situations, such as those that present themselves in the Mediterranean.
- To know about the most recent advances regarding ocean dynamics and to apply them to the modelling of deep-ocean and surface circulation systems.
- To understand the components of planktonic, nektonic, and benthic communities as well as the trophic relationships that exist between them, and to use this knowledge to understand the overall metabolism of marine ecosystems.
- To apply scientific methods and techniques for working in the marine environment, e.g., sampling and the subsequent analysis of samples in the laboratory.
- To assess the impact of humans on the marine environment: overfishing, pollution, beach reclamation, marinas, the effects of bioaccumulation on marine biota, and global changes.
- To apply criteria for assessing environmental indicators in order to come up with strategies related to environmental management, species conservation, and habitat encroachment.
- To use statistical tools to handle data that come from the marine environment.
- To design and run marine ecology projects.
The master's degree programme in marine ecology at the UIB gives graduates direct access to the doctoral programme in marine ecology at this university and to other similar programmes at other national and international universities.
The main objective of the MECM is to train scientific personnel and specialized professionals in theoretical and applied marine sciences and a range of other fields, including: basic research, aquaculture, the management of fisheries, marine reserves, comprehensive coastal management, environmental protection, environmental impact assessment, emissary dumping, red tides, invasive species, and the detection and monitoring of contaminants, in addition to the range of issues related to climate change and the global quality of the marine environment, all applicable in the public, environmental, industrial, services, and academic sectors, and in public and private research centres.
Legislation requires that official Spanish degree programmes receive a positive assessment from the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA, by its Spanish acronym). This process is known as verification, and it serves to ensure that education programmes are properly designed to provide the competencies and reach the learning goals around which the programmes are built. In the technical details you can find reports on official study programmes.
The European Higher Education Area requires that there be a system in place to ensure the quality of degree programmes.
The Master's programme is subject to constant assessment and improvement processes that guarantee that it maintains a certain level of prestige and renown in Europe. You can see the results of the assessment processes in the section on quality.
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