Organisation of the master course

You will follow a common mobility route for the first year (both first and second semesters) before selecting your final training among the different mobility options offered for the second year.


IMAE students will be awarded with a joint Diploma given by the University of Coimbra (UC) and the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (CAU). Students that decide to complete their specialization in the second year in one of the other 3 universities of the consortium (UEA, UFRGS or UoS) will have also a local M.Sc. degree.

Mobility route

Year 1 – 1st semester

This period will take place at Coimbra, Portugal, encompassing an extended scientific study programme where all of you will be familiarized with the main approaches in Ecology. Mobility tracks provide you with the opportunity to experience a Field Course in Mediterranean Ecosystems in Portugal and another Field Course in Tropical Ecosystems in Brazil.

Year 1 – 2nd semester

In March-April the cohort will move together to Kiel, Germany, and have the chance to participate in many field courses and an excursion offered by the university (see study curriculum).

Year 2 – 1st & 2nd semesters

After the summer break, you will proceed to the university hosting your choice of specialization among the five elective streams, as validated by the consortium during the selection phase. You will be registered at the University of Coimbra (UC) or at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (CAU).

In case you decide to do or to complete your Master Thesis project in a partner university, you will also be registered there:

- University of East Anglia, England (UEA);

- Federal University of Rio Grande de Sul, Brazil (UFRGS);

- University of Saskatchewan, Canada (UoS).

Your Master Thesis project can be carried out anywhere as long as the project is co-supervised by one of the consortium Universities and after approval by IMAE coordination.


The MSc defence will take place at the university where you have developed your thesis project ant is done according to local rules. You will be awarded an IMAE Diploma issued jointly by the University of Coimbra (UC) and the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (CAU). In case you graduated in a partner university you will be awarded a national MSc degree by the corresponding institution.

The second year ends with a farewell congress that will take place in September at Coimbra, where you and your IMAE colleagues will present your projects. During this event we will all welcome the new IMAE cohort.

Specialization on Environmental Quality Assessment and Conservation

Specialization on Ecosystems Functional Analysis