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), teaching language English (en) or Portuguese (pt) and the number of ECTS allocated.

University of Coimbra - 1st Year & 1st Semester (October-March)


Students must complet 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
Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Modelling - (E, en) - 6 ECTS
Valuing Biological Resources and Ecosystem Services - (E, en) - 6 ECTS




Christian-Albrechts Universität zu Kiel - 1st Year & 2nd Semester (April - July)


Students must complete 30 ECTS.

Digital Spatial Analysis - Practical Exercices (E, en) - 6 ECTS
Ecosystem Services in Agroecosystems (E, en) - 6 ECTS
Field Ecology (E, en) - 5 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
Management of Soil Resources (E, en) - 6 ECTS
Marine and Coastal Ecosystems I (E, en) - 6 ECTS
Ocean Economics (E, en) - 6 ECTS
Principles of Sustainability in Space and Time (E, en) - 6 ECTS

Note: the list of disciplines above may change each year.




University of Coimbra - 2nd Year


Students must complete 60 ECTS: Dissertation in Ecology (C, en) - 30 ECTS
Laboratory and Field in Ecology I (C, en) - 8 ECTS
Seminar in Ecology I (C, en) - 4 ECTS

Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (E, en) - 6 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
Environmental and Sustainability Literacy (E, en) - 6 ECTS
Ecotoxicology and Ecological Risk Assessment (E, en) - 6 ECTS
Marine Resources and Marine Biotechnology (E, en) - 6 ECTS
Scientific Writting (E, en) - 6 ECTS




Christian-Albrechts Universität zu Kiel - 2nd Year


Students must complete 60 ECTS. Dissertation (C, en) - 30 ECTS

Advanced Analytical Methods in Plant Ecology using R (E, en) - 6 ECTS
Conservation Biology (E, en) - 6 ECTS
Environmental Economics (E, en) - 6 ECTS
Ecosystem Modelling (E, en) - 6 ECTS
GIS in Ecology (E, en) - 6 ECTS
Integrated Management of Wetlands (E, en) - 6 ECTS
Integrated Management of River Basins (E, en) - 6 ECTS
Marine and Coastal Ecosystems II (E, en) - 6 ECTS
Plant x Environmental Interactions (E, en) - 6 ECTS
Principles of Environmental Economics & Environmental Planning (E, en) - 6 ECTS

Note: the list of disciplines above may change each year.




University of East-Anglia - 2nd Year


Students must 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




Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul - 2nd Year


Students must complete 60 ECTS.

Students will be enrolled in one of three UFRGS graduate programs that are part of IMAE, depending on their thematic focus:

- Graduate Program in Ecology
- Graduate Program in Botany (with Plant/Vegetation Ecology as one key area)
- Graduate Program in Animal Biology (with Animal Ecology and Management and Conservation as key areas)

Students must complete 54 ECTS in the selected program. Students are free so complete 6 ECTS in one of the other programs. The three programs cooperate closely in teaching and research.




University of Saskatchewan - 2nd Year


Students must complete 60 ECTS. MSc Dissertation (C, en) - 30 ECTS
Seminars in Soil Science (C, en) - 6 ECTS
MSc Project Preparation (C, en) - 6 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