Study programme 

The table lists the curricular units offered during successive study semesters in each hosting institution of the IMAE consortium. It is indicated if the unit is compulsory (C) or elective (E), the teaching language and the ECTS allocated.

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Year 1 - 1st semester: Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal (September to March)


You have to complete 30 ECTS: Advanced Topics in Applied Ecology (C, en) - 6 ECTS Data analysis in ecology (C, en) - 6 ECTS
Field Course in Mediterranean Ecosystems (C, en) - 6 ECTS Field Course in Tropical Ecosystems (E, en) - 6 ECTS
Ecology of disturbed streams (E, en) - 6 ECTS
en - English as teaching language C - Compulsory
E - Elective




Year 1 - 2nd semester: Christian-Albrechts Universität zu Kiel, Germany (April to July)


You have to complete 30 ECTS:

Coastal and Marine Ecosystems-Field Studies (E, en) - 6 ECTS

Digital Spatial Analysis-practical (E, en) - 6 ECTS

Ecosystem Services in Agroecosystems (E, en) - 6 ECTS

Fieldtrip Hydrobiology Poland (E, en) - 6 ECTS

Integrated Management of Rural & Woodland Regions (E, en) - 6 ECTS

Long Term Development of Landscapes - Field Studies (E, en) - 6 ECTS

Terrestrial Ecosystems-Field Studies (E, en) - 6 ECTS

en - English as teaching language

C - Compulsory

E - Elective




Year 2 – 1st & 2nd semesters: Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal (September to August)


You have to complete 60 ECTS: Dissertation in Ecology (C, en) - 30 ECTS Laboratory and Field in Ecology I (C, en) - 8 ECTS
Seminar in Ecology (C, en) - 4 ECTS Behavioural Ecology (E, en) - 6 ECTS Biochemical & Molecular Techniques in Ecology (E, en) - 6 ECTS Biogeochemical Cycles & Environmental Assessment of Wetlands (E, en) - 6 ECTS
Conservation and Management of Biodiversity (E, en) - 6 ECTS
Ecoliteracy (E, en) - 6 ECTS
Ecotoxicology and Ecological Risk Assessment (E, en) - 6 ECTS Enviromental Quality Assessment (E, en) - 6 ECTS Scientific Writting (E, en) - 6 ECTS en - English as teaching language C - Compulsory
E - Elective




Year 2 – 1st & 2nd semesters: Christian-Albrechts Universität zu Kiel, Germany (September to August)


You have to complete 60 ECTS:
Dissertation (C, en) - 30 ECTS
GIS and Population Dynamics in Landscapes (E, en) - 6 ECTS Modelling Ecosystem - Practical Exercises (E, en) - 6 ECTS Planning and Managing Science Projects (E, en) - 6 ECTS Plant x Environmental Interactions (E, en) - 6 ECTS Principles of Environmental Economics & Environmental Planning (E, en) - 6 ECTS Terrestrial Ecozones and Ecosystems (E, en) - 6 ECTS
C - Compulsory
E - Elective




Year 2 – 1st & 2nd semesters: University of East Anglia, Norwich, England (September to August)


You have to complete 60 ECTS: Dissertation (C, en) - 30 ECTS Evidence-based global conservation (C, en) - 6 ECTS
Statistics and modelling for scientists using R (C, en) - 6 ECTS
Climate change: physical science basis (E, en) - 6 ECTS Ecological survey methods (E, en) - 6 ECTS Energy and climate change (E, en) - 6 ECTS Evolutionary biology and conservation genetics (E, en) - 3 ECTS Geoengineering the climate: Science and policy (E, en) - 6 ECTS Geophysical hazards (E, en) - 6 ECTS
GIS and its applications for modelling ecological and environmental change (E, en) - 6 ECTS Land and water processes and management (E, en) - 6 ECTS Modelling environmental processes (E, en) - 6 ECTS
Multivariate statistics (E, en) - 3 ECTS Natural resources and environmental economics (E, en) - 6 ECTS Political ecology (E, en) - 6 ECTS
Practical conservation and work experience (E, en) - 3 ECTS
Science, society and sustainability (E, en) - 6 ECTS Sustainable consumption (E, en) - 6 ECTS Univariate statistics (E, en) - 3 ECTS en - English as teaching language C - Compulsory
E - Elective




Year 2 – 1st & 2nd semesters: University of Saskatchewan, Canada (September to August)


You have to complete 60 ECTS: Experimental Design and Technical Communication (C, en) - 6 ECTS Field Studies of Soils (C, en) - 4 ECTS
Fertilizer Speciation and Transformations in Soils (C, en) - 4 ECTS
Knowledge Exchange in Indigenous Resource Management (C, en) - 2 ECTS
Seminars in Soil Science (C, en) - 6 ECTS
MSc Project Preparation (C, en) - 6 ECTS
MSc Dissertation (C, en) - 30 ECTS en - English as teaching language C - Compulsory
E - Elective




Year 2 – 1st & 2nd semesters: Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil (September to August)


You have to complete 60 ECTS: more info soon. C - Compulsory
E - Elective





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