Course Regulation

Academic Year 2017/2018


COURSE REGULATION 2017/2018

 

ART. 2 – Course Presentation

The international Master Degree in Marine Sciences – Scienze Marine (program LM-75) is an International study course jointly established with the Maldives National University.
The postgraduate degree course provides advanced level instruction preparing students for professional careers requiring high-level specialist qualifications in the field of Marine Sciences. The Faculty is made up of experts from the Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, the Maldives National University, as well as other non-Italian universities and research organizations.
The Course has a duration of two years. The Master’s Degree in Marine Sciences-Scienze Marine carries 120 University Education Credits (CFUs), and entails 12 exams, to be passed in compliance with Italian laws in force. The Master’s Degree is jointly awarded by the Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca and the Maldives National University. The official language of the Master’s Degree course is English.

 

 

ART. 3 – Specific Aims and Structure of the Course
The Master’s Degree course fully complies with the standards of the European reference framework for Environmental Sciences, delivering training in specialist skills with particular focus on marine biology, chemistry, ecology, the Earth Sciences, and socio-economic and legal aspects pertaining to the marine environment. Particular emphasis is placed on the study and assessment, from a sustainable marine management perspective, of natural processes and human activities impacting oceans. Special focus is given to integrated coastal management and maritime spatial planning (MSP) systems using advanced IT tools together with field and laboratory analyses as part of an interdisciplinary approach to in-depth assessment of the marine habitat. This interdisciplinary approach to the complex interactions between the natural environments – the geosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and atmosphere – and human activities in the various oceanic settings allows students to assess and envisage appropriate use of natural resources in compliance with Europe’s modern Marine Strategy.
The Master’s Degree course is designed to build on the knowledge acquired by students during the first level Bachelor’s degree course, providing in-depth training in specific areas of study. The postgraduate course will also prepare students to apply the latest methods and technology used by the Environmental Sciences and allied fields in order to collate a range of different data from a variety of sources.
The Master’s Degree course trains graduate students to independently develop solutions and strategies for marine and coastal area problems, with particular focus on the following:

  • the study and analysis of the natural processes of the marine ecosystem, including related chemical, biological, environmental, and earth science aspects, and their allied risks;
  • the study and analysis of human interaction with the marine system, involving socio-economic and legal considerations, with a view to developing sustainable management policies and offsetting hazards to the coastal and oceanic environment caused by man.

 

The learning activities aim to ensure that graduate students acquire:

  • a solid grounding in the marine environment (compulsory activities);
  • specialist knowledge enabling them to identify and develop specific methods of in-depth investigation and data analysis of particular aspects of the marine system (compulsory, multiple-choice, student-selected activities);
  • knowledge of scientific methods and conceptual tools geared to identify, assess, manage, and avert risks and safeguard humanity and the environment (compulsory, multiple-choice, student-selected activities);
  • the ability to apply the principles of sustainability and environmental ethics to tackle monitoring, control and management problems concerning the structure and functioning of marine and coastal environments, also in relation to human activities (compulsory multiple choice, student-selected activities);
  • the skills required to assess resources and environmental impacts using the models and methods available to the natural sciences, social economics, legal studies and environmental planning (compulsory, multiple-choice, student-selected activities).

 

The following activities will also help graduate students achieve their learning objectives:

  • individual study of specific subjects with the aid of academic literature and specialist international reviews;
  • oral and/or written reports and individual or group seminars in English;
  • independent hands-on use of specialist tools – IT systems, specific software – in institutional laboratories and in the field, completing retrieval and data-processing assignments of data available from online databanks;
  • extramural activities such as internships/placements with companies, public administration facilities and laboratories, as well as study periods at non-Italian universities within the framework of international agreements.

 

The Master’s Degree course delivers teaching based on the scientific and cultural expertise available within the University and in light of specific requests from the labor market. The overall aim of the course is to create experts with specialist skills in a range of fields, such as:

  1. Ecology and Marine Biology,
  2. Earth Sciences,
  3. Human and Natural Ecosystems,
  4. Maritime Sociology.

 

Expected learning outcomes are expressed with European Descriptors (Min. Decree 16/03/2007, art.3, para. 7)

 

Knowledge and understanding, and applying knowledge and understanding

 

Knowledge and understanding

The knowledge and understanding gained during the Master’s Degree course builds on, and broadens to other sector disciplines, the competences gained during the first level (Bachelor’s) degree course, enabling graduate students to develop and apply methods of analysis, assessment and management in the marine environment. More specifically, graduates with a Master’s Degree will:

  • be fully conversant with the scientific method and have a holistic understanding of the environment, especially the marine environment and related disciplines such as chemistry, bio-ecology, Earth Sciences, technology and assessment methods;
  • be fully conversant with the methods of analysis used in the different disciplines and how differently sourced data can be represented and integrated into broader regional information systems;
  • be able to assess data and information regarding marine ecosystems and understand the interaction between the natural world and the different aspects of human activity, with particular focus on the attendant social, legal and economic issues (legal and economic disciplines).

Knowledge and understanding are acquired by attending face-to-face classroom lectures, hands-on practical and laboratory sessions, seminars, internships/placements, and with individual study. The knowledge and skill sets acquired will be assessed by examination.

 

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding

Graduates of a Master’s Degree will acquire an in-depth understanding of environmental issues. They will be able to apply the innovative, interdisciplinary skills acquired to solve environmental problems. More specifically, graduates will be able to:

  • operate autonomously in a managerial capacity in the marine, coastal or laboratory environment;
  • apply assessment methods and investigation techniques to coastal and marine environments using tools from a range of allied scientific disciplines such as chemistry, biology, the Earth Sciences, ecology, legal studies and economics;
  • plan monitoring, control and management activities in the marine environment and nearby coastal areas with a view to safeguarding humanity and the ecosystem from natural and manmade risks;
  • apply ethical and sustainability criteria to assess humanity’s impact on the marine environment and the quality of its natural resources;
  • promote and coordinate activities to support the environmental policies of public administrations and private bodies, and contribute to raising public awareness of the results of man’s interaction with the environment;
  • actively participate in integrated coastal management and successful maritime spatial planning, applying their expertise in environmental impact and strategic environmental risk assessments, pollutant control measures and treatment plant management, remediation programs, waste disposal management, and pollution cleanup techniques.

The ability to apply knowledge and understanding is achieved by attending face-to-face classroom lectures, hands-on practical and laboratory sessions, seminars, internships/placements, and with the preparation of a final dissertation.

Learning outcomes and the skill sets acquired will be assessed by examinations and a final dissertation.

 

Marine Biological Sciences

Knowledge and understanding

Graduates with a Master’s Degree will have an in-depth skill set in biology and ecology that includes the sampling, analysis and investigation capabilities needed to characterize the biological/ecological features of a given environment and assess risks and hazard levels in marine and coastal areas. The course will also prepare graduate students in the biological assessment of water resources and their management. Other fields of knowledge will also be dealt with during the course.

 

The ability to apply knowledge and understanding

The knowledge and understanding acquired in marine biology and ecology will allow graduates to conduct basic and applied research in the marine sector, and include data on the biosphere in framework studies of the hydrosphere, geosphere, and atmosphere.

The Master’s Degree offers the following courses whose learning outcomes will be assessed by examination:

  • Introduction to Marine Biology, BIO/5 – 6 credits
  • Biodiversity and Marine Ecology, BIO/07 -12 credits
  • Biodiversity module, BIO/07 – 6 credits
  • Marine ecology module, BIO/07 – 6 credits
  • Marine Invertebrate Zoology, BIO/05 – 6 credits
  • Marine Vertebrate Zoology, BIO/05 – 6 credits
  • Coastal and Marine Botany, BIO/01 – 6 credits
  • Management of Aquatic Resources: Fisheries, BIO/07– 6 credits
  • Marine Molecular Biology, BIO/11 – 6 credits
  • Marine Environmental Microbiology, BIO/19 – 6 credits

 

Marine Geological Sciences

Knowledge and understanding

Graduates earning a Master’s Degree will have a knowledge and understanding of the geomorphology and geophysics required to conduct marine geological and geophysical characterization surveys in order to assess risks and hazard levels for continental platforms and slopes. Geobiology expertise, including sea-bed and water-column sampling techniques, will enable graduates to assess the interaction between the biosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere, as well as gain an understanding of biogeochemical flows that allow comparison of present-day and past marine environments, also as a function of ongoing climate change.

 

The ability to apply knowledge and understanding

The knowledge and analytical capability acquired on the Master’s Degree course may be put to use to conduct basic and applied marine environment research in order to draw up geomorphological, bathymetric, sediment and geological surface maps, and to provide the geophysical, sediment and geomathical data needed for detailed habitat maps. Graduates will also be able to contribute significant data to analyze changes to marine ecosystems during the Pleistocene and Holocene. They will also be able to contribute to future scenario forecasting.

 

The Master’s Degree offers the following courses whose learning outcomes will be assessed by examination:

  • Introduction to Marine Physical Geography, GEO/04 – 6 credits
  • Physics of the Sea, FIS/06 – 6 credits
  • Geobiology, GEO/01 – 6 credits
  • Biofacies, GEO/01 – 6 credits
  • Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, GEO/01 – 6 credits
  • Applied Geomorphology and Habitat, GEO/04 – 6 credits
  • Waves and Turbulence, GEO/12 – 6 credits
  • Coastal Risks and Dynamics, ICAR/02 – 6 credits
  • Applied Marine Geology, GEO/01 – 6 credits

 

The Human and Natural Ecosystem

Knowledge and understanding

Graduates of the Master’s degree course will have knowledge and skills in the social, legal, anthropic and political processes that have a bearing on marine, coastal and island regions and marine life. They will be familiar with the tools and models used in spatial analyses and social research, with particular emphasis on geopolitical issues regarding the sea, environmental change, resource protection, tourism, human ecology, island and coastal system, the law of the sea, and maritime sociology. Graduates will be able to understand and interpret these issues within the framework of the continual (and complex) processes of transformation that marine, coastal and island regions are undergoing in our contemporary age. They will also be able to understand the specificities of maritime life and manage the underlying complexities.

 

Applying knowledge and understanding

Students of the Master’s course will learn to operate with concepts deriving from different disciplines, enabling them to understand and work with the social and environmental interactions that characterize marine, coastal and island regions, namely:  the geopolitics of the sea, risk management, the safeguard of anthropic systems, socio-environmental resilience, the impact of tourism on coastal areas, and the specificity and complexity of the social relations inherent to maritime activities. This body of knowledge can be put to use in a range of professional fields such as international relations, law and marine resources management.

 

The Master’s Degree offers the following courses whose learning outcomes will be assessed by examination:

  • Chemistry of the Marine Environment, CHIM/12 – 6 CFU
  • Coastal and Marine Hazard and Resilience, M-GGR/02 – 6 CFU
  • Political Geography and Geopolitics of the Sea, M-GGR/02 – 6 CFU
  • Human geography of Small Island Systems, M-GGR/01 – 6 CFU
  • International Law of the Sea and Marine Environment Protection, IUS/13 – 6 CFU
  • Food Law and Policy, IUS/10 – 6 CFU
  • Coastal and Maritime Tourism, M-GGR/02 – 6 CFU
  • Maritime Sociology, SPS/08 – 6 CFU

Making judgments

Graduates with a Master’s Degree will be able to work independently in positions of responsibility in the field of Marine Sciences. During the course, they will be trained to characterize and assess the reliability of information gathered, the level of uncertainty presented by data and assessments, and the complexity of the models available to solve specific problems. As a result, graduates will be able to make independent judgments regarding problems and put forward solutions even on the basis of limited or incomplete information. In addition, graduates will acquire an ability to assess the environmental and socio-economic consequences of choices and solutions. Learning objectives are attained by personal study and in-class discussion of real cases, internships, and preparation of the final dissertation. Achievement of the learning goals will be assessed by examination.

 

Communication skills

Graduates will be trained to communicate the results of their assessments and solution proposals succinctly and effectively, both to a specialist public at conferences or before colleagues, and to a general audience, such as customers or public meetings. They will learn how to dialogue with experts from allied sectors, recognizing and appreciating complementary views.

Graduates will be expected to prepare written papers on subjects they have researched independently as well as make oral presentations at seminars on specified topics. Written and oral communication skills will be assessed by examination.

 

Learning skills

The course will train graduate students how to locate and make use of the main sources of data and information in order to build their knowledge base and enable them to tackle environmental and social problems in the marine and coastal environment.

Graduate students will learn a scientific method that will serve as a tool with which to work by objectives, both as a team or independently.

Learning skills will be a focus throughout the course. The level of achievement will be assessed by examination and in light of the final dissertation.

 

ART.   4          Career Opportunities

 

Career opportunities for Master’s Degree graduates include positions as marine environment analysis and management experts, marine biologists and ecologists, marine and coastal resources experts, marine and coastal environmental policy experts, and human relations experts in maritime activities.

 

 

 

4.1       Functions

 

Graduates with a Master’s Degree can find international level employment in both the public and private sectors in the assessment and management of marine systems subject to varying degrees of anthropic pressure.

The public sector offers diverse employment opportunities at several levels, ranging from jobs with central authorities, such as ministries and national research organizations, to posts with regional entities and different types of local administrations and bodies. Marine Science graduates will be qualified to occupy positions requiring an ability to assess the specific measures needed in a given environmental system in light of cost/benefit parameters and, in more complex situations, of social and economic considerations.

 

In the private sector, companies producing goods and services offer positions of responsibility involving the organization, assessment, and management of all issues connected with the interaction of company production operations with coastal marine systems.

Graduates with a Master’s Degree in Marine Sciences – Scienze Marine are admitted to the state examination (where this is a statutory requirement) to accede to certain professions.

 

 

4.2       Competences

 

The course will provide training in the following sectors:

  • Natural resources: management of reserves and protected areas, tourism cultural training programs;

 

  • Dissemination of scientific information;

 

  • Coastal protection: regional planning, advisory services on coastal erosion, depletion of biodiversity on account of anthropic activity;
  • Fisheries and aquaculture: provision of expert consultancy services on fishing activities and fish farming;

 

  • Maritime spatial planning: advisory services on natural, social, legal and regional planning issues. Focus on: implementation of experimental projects, the use of key lab analysis techniques, data analysis, field sampling, national and international environmental safeguard regulations, specialist knowledge of species and habitats protected by national and international laws, expertise in key environmental management issues and the legal instruments covering them, environment characterization and impact assessment techniques, analysis of the specific social relations arising in the maritime transport and offshore infrastructure sector.

 

 

4.3       Job Openings

 

The Master’s Degree opens up job opportunities in both the public and private sectors. In the public sector, graduates can carry out scientific research in universities and research institutions, applied research and risk monitoring services with ministerial or local bodies with responsibility for the management of marine and coastal areas, consultancy on environmental issues and protected areas, and dissemination of scientific information.

 

 

In the private sector, there are employment opportunities with companies producing goods and services offerings positions of responsibility involving the organization, assessment, and management of all issues involving interaction of company production operations with coastal marine systems. In particular, there are employment possibilities in: environmental consultancy and impact assessment of coastal and offshore infrastructure; management responsibilities in laboratories conducting environmental quality and food safety controls; advisory services on anthropic activities in coastal and marine areas; and scientific dissemination services.

 

 

 

 

The course prepares graduate students to the enter the following professions:

 

Program Category Professional Unit
Life Science specialists Biologists, botanists, Biologists and allied professions
zoologists and
2.3.1 2.3.1.1 2.3.1.1.1
allied professions
Life Science specialists Biologists, botanists,
Zoologists and allied professions
2.3.1 2.3.1.1 2.3.1.1.6 Zoologists
Life Science specialists Biologists, botanists,
Zoologists and allied professions
2.3.1 2.3.1.1 2.3.1.1.7 Ecologists
Researchers and graduate technical operators in life sciences and health Researchers and graduate technical operators in the biological sciences
University researchers and graduate technical operators
2.6.2 2.6.2.2 2.6.2.2.1

 

 

ART.   5          Admission Rules

 

Applicants to the Master’s Degree in Marine Sciences – Scienze Marine must possess a first-level, three-year (Bachelor’s) university degree or diploma, or a recognized qualification from a non-Italian institution.

 

More specifically, admission to the Master’s Degree course in Marine Sciences – Scienze Marine providing specialist knowledge and skills is subject to applicants being in possession of at least 18 credits (CFUs) testifying to a basic grounding in the following disciplines:

 

  • Chemistry and allied areas (CHIM/01, CHIM/02, CHIM/03, CHIM/06),

 

  • Biology and allied areas (BIO/01, BIO/05),

 

  • Earth Sciences (GEO/04, GEO/07),

 

  • Ecology and allied areas (BIO/03, BIO/07).

 

Candidate selection will be made on the basis of the applicants’ CV and an interview whose procedures will be established by the Course Board and published on the University website.

 

If, at the conclusion of the interview, the candidate is accepted for the course, a training path considered most suitable will be suggested.

 

The English language skills – equal to a B2 level – of candidates must also be certified by the University or an institution accredited by the University.

 

ART.    6          Admission Process

 

Assessment of applicants’ suitability to attend the course will be carried out by means of a written examination and an interview to evaluate their basic knowledge of geology, biology, chemistry and geography, all necessary prerequisites to complete the proposed course successfully. The preliminary exam and interview are also an opportunity to indicate areas requiring further study, and suggest personalized remedial study plans. Should candidates have significant knowledge gaps, they will be advised on the particular subjects/exams requiring further study in order to be accepted on the Master’s Course. Both the written examination and interview will be conducted in English. The dates and details of these will be posted on the Master’s Degree course website: http://www.disat.unimib.it.

 

 

 

ART.   7          Organization of the Course

 

The Master’s Degree course in “Marine Sciences – Scienze Marine” entails 48 university credits (CFU), earned by successfully completing (compulsory) core subjects that together provide common interdisciplinary knowledge and competence in the field of environmental studies.

 

In addition, graduate students must take 4 “related or supplementary” subjects – 2 in the first, and 2 in the second year – that carry a further 24 educational credits (CFU).

 

12 more educational credits (CFU) are to be earned from student-selected learning activities, i.e. “independently chosen by the student”. 4 further credits are earned in “Training and Orientation learning activities” to be acquired with internships/placements pertinent to the preparation of the student’s final dissertation, to be carried out in Italian and/or international laboratories, companies, bodies and institutions with which the University has stipulated specific agreements. Another 4 credits have to be earned in the area of “further language skills”.

The Final Examination (the dissertation) carries 28 educational credits (CFU)

 

The course subjects are geared to investigating a range of environmental issues such as: marine environment sustainability; the sustainability of human activities and their effects on the marine environment; land-use management; assessing and managing marine resources; assessing the quality and remediation of coastal and marine environments; assessing the hazards posed by human activities; management of the effects of climate change.

 

Course Structure

 

1st YEAR

 

COMPULSORY SUBJECTS

 

Chemistry of Marine Environment, CHIM/12 – 6 credits –1 exam

Introduction to Marine Biology, BIO/05 – 6 credits – 1 exam

Introduction to Marine Physical Geography, GEO/04 – 6 credits – 1 exam

Biodiversity and Marine Ecology, BIO/07 -12 credits – 1 exam

Biodiversity module – 6 credits

Marine Ecology module – 6 credits

Physics of the Sea, FIS/06 – 6 credits – 1 exam

International Law of the Sea and Marine Environment Protection, IUS/13 – 6 credits – 1 exam

 

STUDENT-SELECTED COMPULSORY SUBJECTS

 

Students must choose 2 of the following courses:

Marine Invertebrate Zoology, BIO/05 – 6 credits – 1 exam

Marine Vertebrate Zoology, BIO/05 – 6 credits – 1 exam

Geobiology, GEO/01 – 6 credits – 1 exam

Biofacies, GEO/01 – 6 credits – 1 exam

Political Geography and Geopolitics of the Sea, M-GGR/02 – 6 credits – 1 exam

Human Geography of Small Island Systems, M-GGR/01 – 6 credits – 1 exam

Applied Geomorphology and Habitat, GEO/04 – 6 credits – 1 exam

Marine Environmental Microbiology, BIO/19 – 6 credits – 1 exam

 

 

2nd YEAR

 

COMPULSORY SUBJECTS

 

  • Coastal and Marine Hazard and Resilience, M-GGR/02 – 6 credits – 1 exam

 

  • Subjects chosen by the student – 12 credits- (1 exam)

 

  • Practical training – 4 credits

 

  • Further linguistic knowledge – 4 credits

 

  • Final examination – 28 credits

 

STUDENT-SELECTED COMPULSORY SUBJECTS

 

Students must choose 2 of the following courses:

 

  • Coastal and Marine Botany, BIO/01 – 6 credits – 1 exam

 

  • Management of Aquatic Resources: Fisheries, BIO/07 – 6 credits – 1 exam

 

  • Marine Molecular Biology, BIO/11 – 6 credits – 1 exam

 

  • Applied Marine Geology, GEO/01 – 6 credits – 1 exam

 

  • Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, GEO/01 – 6 credits – 1 exam

 

  • Waves and Turbulence, GEO/12 – 6 credits – 1 exam

 

  • Coastal Risks and Dynamics, ICAR/02 – 6 credits – 1 exam

 

  • Food Law and Policy, IUS/10 – 6 credits – 1 exam

 

  • Coastal and Maritime Tourism, M-GGR/02– 6 credits – 1 exam

 

  • Maritime Sociology, SPS/08 – 6 credits – 1 exam

 

  • Communication Skills and Interpersonal Relation Management, M-PSI/08 – 6 credits – 1 exam

 

 

7.1 Core subjects

 

The study course has compulsory core subjects covering the fields of “Biology” (6 credits), “Chemistry” (6 credits), “Earth Sciences” (6 credits), “Ecology” (12 credits), “Agricultural science, technologies and management” (6 credits), and “Legal, economics and evaluation methods” (12 credits).

 

 

 

7.2 Related or supplementary subjects

 

The study course also includes “related or supplementary” learning activities designed to complete students’ specialist training in fields such as Ecology and Marine Biology, Earth Sciences applied to the seas and oceans, the Geography of Marine, Coastal and Island Regions, and Maritime Sociology.

 

Pertinent scientific courses are: BIO/01 (6 credits), BIO/05 (12 credits), BIO/07 (6 credits), BIO/11 (6 credits), BIO/19 (6 credits), GEO/01 (24 credits), GEO/04 (6 credits), GEO/12 (6 credits), ICAR/02 (6 credits), IUS/10 (6 credits), M-GGR/01 (6 credits), M-GGR/02 (12 credits), SPS/08 (6 credits), M-PSI/08 (6 credits).

 

7.3 Student-selected learning activities

 

Students can earn 12 credits with learning activities of their choice, choosing either an internship pertinent to the preparation of the student’s final dissertation, to be carried out in Italian and/or international laboratories, companies, bodies and institutions with which the University has stipulated specific agreements, or, as an alternative, courses offered by the University’s various Master’s Degree courses. The student-selected learning activities are an integral part of the course and as such must be approved by the Teaching Coordination Council as consistent with the Master’s Degree Course. It should be noted that pursuant to the laws in force regarding the total number of examinations required to obtain the Master’s Degree, the evaluation obtained by students for their own-choice learning activities will count towards one examination only.

 

 

 

7.4 Further language skills

 

4 credits for “further language skills” can be earned as described below:

 

Italian students:

 

  • passing a University foreign language examination, the equivalent of a B2 level, in either French, Spanish or German

 

or

 

  • passing the University’s English language examination, the equivalent of a C1 level.

 

In both cases, students already in possession of language proficiency certificates testifying to language competence equivalent to or higher than a B2 level for French, Spanish or German, or equivalent to or higher than a C1 level in English, will be exonerated from sitting the further language skills exams and the credits already acquired will be recognized by the University for purposes of the Master’s Degree Course.

 

Non-Italian students:

 

  • passing the University’s Italian language examination, the equivalent of a B2 level.

 

Students already in possession of language proficiency certificates testifying to language competence equivalent to or higher than a B2 level will be exonerated from sitting the further language skills exams and the credits already acquired will be recognized by the University for purposes of the Master’s Degree Course.

 

Details of the language examinations are established by the University and will be made available on the University website: http://www.unimib.it/go/262336.

 

 

 

7.5 Teaching formats

 

Achievement by students of the required competence and professional skill sets will be measured in university education credits. Credits represent the learning outcomes achieved by a full-time student and include the learning activities delivered by the Master’s Degree Course, individual study and other personal learning activity. One credit (CFU) corresponds to 25 hours of work, calculated as hours of classroom lessons, exercises performed, seminars, internships, fieldwork, and individual study.

 

Teaching will be exclusively in English and will be delivered in a blended learning/mixed-mode format (both as face-to-face classroom and remote-teaching practices) as follows:

  • face-to-face classroom lectures (in the classroom, videoconference, streaming), supported by multi-media audio-visual teaching aids;

 

  • blended learning;

 

  • exercises (also in blended learning);

 

  • seminars;

 

 

Depending on the type of teaching activity, the hour/credit ratio is as follows:

 

  • face-to-face classroom lectures: 1 credit = 7 hours

 

  • exercises: 1 credit = 12 hours

 

  • fieldwork: 1 credit = 10 hours

 

Internships and preparation of the final dissertation will have the following hour/credit ratio:

 

  • internships: 1 credit = 25 hours

 

  • preparation of final dissertation: 1 credit = 25 hours

 

7.6 ASSESSMENT OF LEARNING OUTCOMES

Examinations may be:

 

  • oral examinations

 

  • oral and written examinations

 

Examinations are graded out of a total of 30, with pass grades ranging from 18 to 30.

Internships and placements shall be subject to an “approval” by the responsible faculty member.

 

7.7 Attendance

 

Attendance of the Master’s Course is compulsory for at least 75% of the theoretical and practical learning activities (classroom exercises in blended learning and field work) for each academic year of the course.

 

7.8 Curriculum

 

 

The curriculum comprises compulsory learning activities, compulsory but student-selected learning activities, and subjects chosen independently by the student in compliance with the course regulations.

Students are automatically assigned a statutory curriculum when they enroll in the first year. Student must then submit their own personal study plan, including an indication of the (compulsory) elective and self-selected subjects they intend to take.

Study programs must be approved by the Teaching Coordination Council.

Processes and deadlines for submitting study programs are decided by the University.

Students may sit exams relating to the learning activities included in their last approved study program.

Additional information can be found in the University’s Regulations for Students.

 

7.9 Compulsory first-hurdle requirements

 

Students are advised to give priority to acquiring competences in the compulsory first-hurdle areas required for the first year.

 

7.10 Guidance and Tutoring

 

Tutoring by Faculty involved in the course is offered students especially in the first academic year to provide counseling on the choice of subjects.

 

7.11 Schedules for learning activities and exam sessions

 

At least eight exam sessions will be scheduled during the academic year in the periods when teaching is temporarily suspended. Examination sessions are scheduled as follows: 2 exam sessions at the end of the first semester (January/February), 2 sessions at the end of the lessons of the second semester (June/July), 2 sessions in September, and 2 exam sessions in the period when teaching is temporarily suspended (1 in March/April, and 1 in November). Up to 2 extraordinary exam sessions may be held at the motivated request of students.

 

The course is delivered in two semesters, generally during the following periods:

First semester: From October to January;

 

  • Second semester: From March to June.

 

The course timetable, exam session calendar – location, room and time – will be published on the website: www.disat.unimib.it, marinesciences.unimib.it

 

7.12 Agreements on international student mobility

 

Within the framework of special agreements, the Teaching Coordination Council promotes study periods at non-Italian universities in other countries. The following universities host students in the environmental and geological sciences as part of mobility agreements coming within Erasmus+ mobility program:

 

 

  • Université Aix-Marseille

 

  • Université Nice Sophia-Antipolis

 

  • Universidad de Córdoba

 

  • Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague – Faculty of Environmental Sciences

 

  • University of Aberdeen

 

  • Johannes Gutenberg Universität – Mainz

 

  • Université d’Athènes Ethniko kai Kapodistriako Panepistimio Athinon

 

  • Universiteit Utrecht

 

A cooperation agreement has also been stipulated between the Master’s Course and the Universidade Federal do Paranà (UFPR), Brazil, that also provides for student exchange arrangements.

 

A Memorandum of Understanding has also been stipulated with Rome’s Università “La Sapienza”.

 

In addition, at its meeting on February 24th, 2017, the Teaching Coordination Council set up an Erasmus and Internationalization Commission coordinated by Prof. Daniela Basso.

 

Details of the opportunities available to students attending the course can be found on the following link: http://www.unimib.it/go/45776.

 

 

ART.   8          Final examination

 

The final examination consists of a Final Dissertation, written by the student under the guidance of a Supervisor, and presenting original scientific data. The Final Dissertation must be written and discussed in English.

 

 

ART.    9          Final Examination Procedure

 

The final dissertation will have an experimental approach and deal with a specific topic connected with the marine environment, and also reference the experience acquired during the internship period.

The final dissertation will be discussed at a public session, which may also be via conference call link, before a commission made up of Faculty members. The overall assessment for the entire Master’s Degree will be expressed on a 110-point scale, with eventual cum laude honors.

 

To be admitted to the Final Dissertation session, students must have earned the requisite number of credits for the training activities making up the course, which, together with the credits assigned for the final dissertation, will total 120 credits.

 

 

ART.    10       Recognition of credit points (CFU) and transfers

 

Students transferring from another study course may submit a request for previously earned education credits to be recognized as valid for the new course. The request will be examined by a special committee appointed by the Teaching Coordination Council. Credit recognition will depend on the extent to which the previous course aligns with the new course the student intends to attend. Partial recognition of a teaching activity may be awarded.

 

At least 50% of student credits obtained from degree courses of the same program will be recognized (Min. Decree nr. 155 of 16/03/2007).

 

In compliance with Min. Decree 270/2004 and Law 240/2010, universities may recognize as university education credits individually certified professional skills and abilities pursuant to the relevant regulations in force and other skills and abilities acquired during post-secondary learning activities that the university helped design and deliver, for a maximum of 12 credits, taking into account both first-level (Bachelor’s) and Master’s Degrees.

 

Any proposal by the examining committee to recognize such credits must be approved by the Teaching Coordination Council that appointed the committee.

 

 

 

 

ART.   11 Research activities supporting core course learning activities

 

National and international multidisciplinary research is carried out by the University in the following areas:

 

  • Physics: Environmental Physics, Atmospheric Physics, Physics of the Sea, and Physics of Climate.

 

  • Chemistry: Chemical Physics of the Environment; Computational Chemistry; Low Environmental-impact Processes; Environmental Chemistry; Atmospheric Chemistry; Analysis and Reactivity of Organic Micropollutants.
  • Earth Sciences: Marine Geomorphology; Geosphere-biosphere Interaction, Risk Assessment of Exogenous and Endogenous Processes; Climate Change; Geographic Spatial Analysis; Geographic Information Systems Applied to Environmental Processes.

 

  • Ecology: Marine Ecology; Landscape Ecology; Marine Biodiversity; Marine Resource Management.

 

  • Biology: Environmental Botany; Marine Invertebrate Zoology; Bio-indicators and Biodiversity; Fauna Monitoring and Management; Ecological Networks; Environmental Microbiology.
  • Law: International Law; Maritime Law; Environmental Law.

 

  • Geography, Sociology and Psychology.

 

The Departments conduct numerous national and international research projects. For details, please go to the website: www.disat.unimib.it

 

 

ART.   12       Faculty

 

Faculty from the Università degli Studi di Milano – Bicocca

BASSO DANIELA MARIA, PA, GEO/01

BENZONI FRANCESCA, RU, BIO/05

BOLZACCHINI EZIO, PA, CHIM/12

CITTERIO SANDRA, PA, BIO/01

CORSELLI CESARE, PO, GEO/01

DELL’AGNESE ELENA, PA, M-GGR/01

FRANZETTI ANDREA, PA, BIO/19

GALLI PAOLO, PA, BIO/07

GRASSO MARCO, PA, M-GGR/02

MALINVERNO ELISA, RU, GEO/01

ORLANDI IVAN, RU, BIO/11

PASQUERO CLAUDIA, PA, GEO/12

SAVINI ALESSANDRA, RU, GEO/04

SCHMIDT MULLER DI FRIEDBERG MARCELLA, PA, M-GGR/01

SCOVAZZI TULLIO, PO, IUS/13

STREPPARAVA MARIA GRAZIA, PA, M-PSI/08

 

Faculty from the Maldives National University – MNU

MOHAMED SHAZLA, (BIO/07)

RIYAZ MAHMOOD, (BIO/05)

 

Faculty from other Universities and Research Organizations:

PALADINI GIUSEPPE, BIO/07, University of Stirling, Scotland, UK

 

Course Faculty:

BASSO DANIELA MARIA, PA, GEO/01 – (1.0)

BENZONI FRANCESCA, RU, BIO/05 – (1.0)

GALLI PAOLO, PA, BIO/07 – (1.0)

MALINVERNO ELISA, RU, GEO/01 – (1.0)

PASQUERO CLAUDIA, PA, GEO/12 – (1.0)

SAVINI ALESSANDRA, RU, GEO/04 – (1.0)

MOHAMED SHAZLA, (BIO/07) – (1.0)

 

ART.   13       Useful information

 

The address of the Master’s Degree course in Marine Sciences – Scienze Marine:

Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Ambiente e della Terra – Edificio U1 e U4 – Piazza della Scienza, nr. 1 e 4 – zip code. 20126 Milan, Italy.

 

The Director of the Teaching Coordination Council:

Prof. Cesare Corselli

 

Director of the School of Science:

Prof. Andrea Zanchi

 

Director of the Department of Environmental and Earth Sciences (Scienze dell’Ambiente e della Terra):

Prof. Marco Orlandi

 

More information can be found on the website: http://marinesciences.unimib.it or www.disat.unimib.it

 

Enrolment procedures and deadlines, information regarding transfers, and instructions for submitting Study Programs can be found at www.unimib.it.

These Regulations are subject to minor amendments. More specifically, self-chosen subjects will be accepted only if the minimum number of student enrolments is reached.

The tables below describe learning activities based on their type, field and scientific sector, and breakdown by.