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.

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Students must complete 30 ECTS:

  • Data analysis in ecology (C, en) - 6 ECTS

  • Advanced Topics in Applied 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

The list of options may vary from year to year.

Year 1 – 1st semester

University of Coimbra, Portugal

(October to March)

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Students must complete 60 ECTS:

  • Dissertation in Applied Ecology (C, en) - 30 ECTS

  • Seminar in Ecology I (C, en) - 4 ECTS

  • Laboratory and Field Ecology I (C, en) - 8 ECTS

  • Biochemical and Molecular Techniques in Biology (E, en) - 6 ECTS

  • Behavioural Ecology (E, en) - 6 ECTS

  • Scientific Writing (E, en) - 6 ECTS

  • Environmental Quality Assessment (E, en) - 6 ECTS

  • Conservation and Management of Biodiversity (E, en) - 6 ECTS

  • Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (E, en) - 6 ECTS

  • Marine Resources and Marine Biotechnology (E, en) - 6 ECTS

  • Ecotoxicology and Ecological Risk Assessment (E, en) - 6 ECTS

  • Ecoliteracy (E, en) - 6 ECTS

The list of options may vary from year to year.

Year 2

University of Coimbra, Portugal

(September to July)

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Students must complete 30 ECTS:

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

  • Fieldtrip Hydrobiology Poland (E, en) - 6 ECTS

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

  • Marine and Coastal Ecosystems I (E, en) - 6 ECTS

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

  • Management of Soil Resources (E, en) - 6 ECTS

  • Digital Spatial Analysis - Practical Exercises

       (E, en) - 6 ECTS

  • Ocean Economics (E, en) - 6 ECTS

  • Principles of Sustainability in Space and Time

       (E, en) - 6 ECTS

 

The list of options may vary from year to year.

Year 1 – 2nd semester

Kiel University, Germany

(April to July)

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Students must complete 60 ECTS:

  • Dissertation (C, en) - 30 ECTS

  • Principles of Environmental Economics & Environmental Planning (E, en) - 6 ECTS

  • Plant x Environmental Interactions (E, en) - 6 ECTS

  • GIS in Ecology (E, en) - 6 ECTS

  • Conservation Biology (E, en) - 6 ECTS

  • Environmental  Economics (E, en) - 6 ECTS

  • Advanced Analytical Methods in Plant Ecology using R (E, en) - 6 ECTS

  • Integrated Management of Wetlands (E, en) - 6 ECTS

  • Integrated Management of River Basins (E, en) - 6 ECTS

  • Ecosystems Modelling (E, en) - 6 ECTS

  • Marine and Coastal Ecosystems II (E, en) - 6 ECTS

 

The list of options may vary from year to year.

Year 2

Kiel University, Germany

(September to July)

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Students must complete 60 ECTS / 180 credits:

  • Dissertation BIO (C, en) - 30 ECTS / 80 credits

  • Evidence based Global Conservation (C, en) - 6 ECTS / 20 credits

  • Statistics and Modelling for Scientists using R (C, en) - 6 ECTS / 20 credits

  • Multivariate Statistics (E, en) - 3 ECTS / 10 credits

  • Univariate Statistics (E, en) - 3 ECTS / 10 credits

  • Evolutionary Biology and Conservation Genetics (E, en) - 3 ECTS / 10 credits

  • Ecological Survey Methods (E, en) - 6 ECTS / 20 credits

  • Practical Conservation and Work Experience (E, en) - 3 ECTS / 10 credits

  • Political Ecology (E, en) - 6 ECTS / 20 credits

  • Modelling Environmental Processes (E, en) - 6 ECTS / 20 credits

  • Climate Change: Physical Science Basis (E, en) - 6 ECTS / 20 credits

  • Sustainable Consumption (E, en) - 6 ECTS / 20 credits

  • Energy and Climate Change (E, en) - 6 ECTS / 20 credits

  • Geoengineering The Climate: Science and Policy (E, en) - 6 ECTS / 20 credits

  • Gis and Its Applications for Modelling Ecological And Environmental Change (E, en) - 6 ECTS / 20 credits

  • Science, Society and Sustainability (E, en) - 6 ECTS / 20 credits

  • Geophysical Hazards (E, en) - 6 ECTS / 20 credits

  • Land And Water Processes and Management (E, en) - 6 ECTS / 20 credits

  • Natural Resources and Environmental Economics (E, en) - 6 ECTS / 20 credits

The list of options may vary from year to year.

Year 2

University East Anglia, United Kingdom

(September to July)

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Students must complete 60 ECTS / 15 credits:

Students must do 30 ECTS, which here at UFRGS are translated as 15 credits. Of those, at least 12 credits must be made within their Graduate program of choice.

 

Moreover, be aware that some Graduate programs have mandatory courses, so the student must take those as well (which count for the regular number of credits).

The three graduate programs are linked below, and a list of disciplines offered on each is available on their websites:

Year 2

Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (September to July)

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IMAE students at the University of Saskatchewan will be required to take the four core courses listed below:

 

  • Knowledge exchange in indigenous resource management (1 credit unit)

  • Field studies of soils (2 credit units)

  • Soil Chemistry (3 credit units)

  • Experimental design, analysis, and technical communication (3 credit units)

 

Year 2

University of Saskatchewan, Canada

(September to July)