Master Program in Marine Sciences

The Master of Sciences Program is intended to start on 2018

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International Master study program in marine sciences

The Master of Sciences Program is intended to start on 2018

The program is design to be compatible with European master programs. It will have a duration of two years and structured in four semesters with a total work load of 2700 hours. This is equal to 78 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).

Structure

Core courses

The first two semesters will take place at the Centro Nacional de Acuicultura e Investigaciones Marinas, CENAIM-ESPOL, located in San Pedro, Santa Elena province, mainland Ecuador.

Semester 1

  • Ocean Biochemistry (Chemical-Biological oceanography)
  • Ocean-Atmosphere processes (Physical oceanography-atmosphere)
  • Marine Geology and volcanology
  • Seminars: Case Studies on Marine sciences
  • Applied Statistic

Semester 2

  • Tools in oceanographic research
  • Estuarine and Coastal Systems
  • Integrated Marine Coastal Biology and Ecology
  • Biological marine resources
  • Geographic information sciences
  • Ocean health

Majors

On the third semester, the students can choose between 2 Majors.

The first major is on Fragile Marine Ecosystems. It will take place at Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos CDF, at Puerto Ayora, Galapagos province.

Semester 3, major: Fragile Marine Ecosystems

  • Ecology and population dynamics of fragile ecosystems
  • Ecosystem management (tourism, fishery, demography)
  • Ecosystem Modelling
  • Equatorial ocean dynamics
  • Climate change and ocean acidification

The second major is on Climate Change in Coastal Zones. It will take place at the Centro Nacional de Acuicultura e Investigaciones Marinas, CENAIM-ESPOL, located at San Pedro, Santa Elena province in mainland Ecuador.

Semester 3, major: Climate Change in Coastal Zones

  • Climate change and ocean acidification
  • Equatorial ocean dynamics
  • Disaster risk reduction in coastal zones
  • Tools for assessment impact of climate change
  • Adaptation and mitigation strategies in coastal ecosystems

Thesis

After completion of the courses the student is expected to complete a Master Thesis. The thesis can be done at San Pedro, Puerto Ayora or abroad.

Semester 4

  • Master Thesis

After completion, the student will be awarded the degree of Master in Marine Sciences with a mention in Fragile Marine Ecosystems or Climate Change in Coastal Zones.