2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master in Marine Biology

Degree programme

Programme type 2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master
Academic Year 2018/2019
Code 8857
Degree Programme Class LM-6 - Biology
Years in which the programme is being held 1st and 2nd Year
Type of access Open access with assessment of personal competencies
Place of teaching Ravenna
Degree Programme Director Rossella Pistocchi
Language Italian

Admission requirements and assessment of previously acquired knowledge/competences

To benefit by a Master's degree programme in Marine Biology one needs to have basic knowledge in general biology, botany, zoology, microbiology, biochemistry, physiology, cellular biology, genetics and ecology;
- basic mathematics
- basic physics
- basic general and organic chemistry
To join the Master's programme one needs at least one of the following curricular requisites:
1. 1. To have a degree, or possess another qualification gained abroad and recognised as appropriate, in one of the following classes:
ex D.M. 270:
L-13 Biological science
L-32 Science and technology for the environment and nature
L-2 Biotechnology
L-38 Zootechnical science and technology for animal production
ex. D.M. 509/99:
12-Biological science
27- Science and technology for the environment and nature
40- Zootechnical science and technology for animal production
Previous system:
Biological Science
Natural Science
Environmental Science
Veterinary Science
2. To have gained at least 56 credits spread as follows among these subjects:
MAT/01-09, INF/01 at least 6 credits
FIS/01-08 at least 6 credits
CHIM/01/02/03/06/12 at least 10 credits
BIO/01-19 at least 34 credits FRAMEWORK A4.a Specific learning outcomes of the Programme
Failing possession of the right degree at point 1 above or the credits listed at point 2, admission to the Master's degree programme is conditional on the student possessing the necessary knowledge as assessed by a special Committee analysing the CV and conducting an interview according to criteria and a procedure set by the Degree Programme Board and posted on the University Portal.
As well as possessing the set curricular requirements, one may only join the Master's degree programme if one can demonstrate enough personal background knowledge. This may be ascertained from the personal CV examination, The details and procedures of the examination will be established by the Degree Programme Board and made known via the University Portal.
Ascertaining language skills
To be admitted to the programme one needs to possess a B1 level of English as certified by the University Language Centre. Students possessing the equivalent language certification may be exempted.
Candidates whose English is shown by the test to be lower than B1 will be marked as having an initial deficiency in language.
International Students:
the second-cycle degree programme may decide on a special session for international students and appoint a Committee to check the suitability of their academic background, if the Call for study grant allocation allows time (its deadline is usually in May).
If international students have been positively evaluated under the foregoing point, they are exempted from the next step foreseen for the majority of students, viz. a test of their personal knowledge.

Programme profile

In conformity with the ministerial decree on general Master's degree objectives for class LM-6, the Master's degree in Marine Biology aims to:
provide a solid grounding in basic and applied marine biology with a deeper study of the habitats and organisms of marine ecosystems, as well as in-depth knowledge of the investigative methods, analytical tools and sampling procedures used in sea research. Graduates will also have specialist skills in experimental research methods, in the lab and on the sea, as applied to marine species and populations, the complex interactions between biotic and a-biotic components of the marine system, and marine ecosystems as a whole. The degree programme includes specialist learning sub-programmes on the exploitation of fishery resources, managing and protecting marine populations and habitats. Extensive laboratory work is scheduled, and there will be advanced monographic teaching modules.
The second year has less weight of tuition than the first, so as to free the student for research in Italy or abroad in preparation for the experimental dissertation.
The Master's degree programme in Marine Biology works to a dynamic, modern teaching curriculum designed to achieve a highly specialist learning outcome in the field of studying, preserving, managing and safeguarding marine organisms. Much of the tuition in this Master's programme is based on active learning methods in which teachers and students together develop a dynamic educational process. This makes greater demands both on the teacher, who has to devise an interactive teaching approach, and on the student for whom learning involves a work-up of the teaching material. The student is no passive recipient imbibing notions from the teachers, but is expected to contribute actively to the learning programme.
Hence Master's graduates in Marine Biology will possess:
- a high-level scientific background in basic biology and the various areas of marine biology, from the molecular and cellular dimension to the study of organisms and populations, and covering the processes of ecosystems with a focus on evolution, adaptation to the environment, and the functioning of complex marine systems;
- a high-level scientific background in marine biology as applied to conservation, protection and management of marine resources, including legal and economic policy aspects and the production and marketing sides; in-depth knowledge of research methods, tools of analysis and techniques for acquiring, analysing and representing data, including familiarity with supporting ICT and GIS programs;
- mastery of scientific investigation methods, producing an ability to work independently and take responsibility for projects and facilities;
- knowledge and correct use of specialist Italian and English vocabulary.
As of A.Y. 2014-2015, under the present reorganization of the university system the Master's Degree in Marine Biology offers students a learning curriculum whereby they will gain advanced expertise in the structure and function of marine ecosystems and the tools for monitoring and managing them, together with specialist know-how on marine habitats and biotic and fishery resources. This entails choosing two specific supplementary and related activity programmes.
The advanced common/specialist expertise consonant with the prescribed learning objectives and outcomes may thus be grouped into the following curriculum:
Marine Biology Learning Area – Marine ecosystems are decidedly complex in structure due to stratification of, and interaction among, a large range of components – environmental, ecological and biological – which may vary in space and time. The master's graduate programme in Marine Biology hence adopts a holistic approach, providing technical and scientific expertise in the basic degree class subjects as well as sea and marine-environment biology. Students will learn statistics serving to plan experiments and monitor ecosystems (and components thereof) in the field and in the laboratory; they will receive scientific training in the structure, components and processes of marine ecosystems at varying degrees of complexity, and tuition in the laws governing management and conservation of ecosystems and their components. Students will also gain innovative know-how on current major issues in marine biology, learning how to identify and define short-term issues like natural and man-made catastrophes, or slumps in the fishery production.
Marine Habitat Learning Area – In the field of conservation and eco-friendly use of resources, great topical importance attaches nowadays to managing and designing marine parks, protected marine areas, biological protection areas, wildlife and environmental oases, not to mention stretches of coastline reserved for tourism, urban development and industrial production. In this connection it is important for the master's graduate in Marine Biology to have advanced specialist knowledge of marine habitats with special reference to their structure, processes and alterations, backed by familiarity with the tools/methods of inquiry, monitoring and conservation, together with Italian and EU norms and economic policy on habitat planning, management and conservation. Graduates must also be able to employ appropriate tools and methods for investigating how habitats are organized and function, and how to set about an environmental impact assessment in conjunction with conservation and management plans based on national, EU and international legislation and economic policy.
Biotic and Fishery Resources Learning Area – The Master's degree in Marine Biology gives students the specialist know-how whereby to satisfy the growing demand for eco-compatibility and sustainability in harvesting marine resources and upgrading the national and EU fishery production area, in keeping with the Common Fishery Policy guidelines. There is a call for a professional profile possessing broad expertise on biological and ecological diversity of species and the biotic and fishery resources that chiefly interest primary production, as well as on the tools of assessment and management/planning. The specific role for the master's graduate here is to have advanced specialist knowledge of marine ecosystems with reference to species diversity, biology cycles, life-history and ecological traits of the main fishery resources, as well as the tools of inquiry and methods of monitoring how plentiful these are and how they are distributed. The graduate must also be familiar with the technology governing fishing and use of marine fishery resources in relation to the relevant national and EU laws and economic policies; he/she will learn how to use the tools for monitoring fish resources, planning and applying strategies for eco-compatible management and preservation of protected marine fauna and flora.

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Access to further study

It gives access to third cycle studies (Dottorato di ricerca/Scuole di specializzazione) and master universitario di secondo livello.

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