Marine Sciences

Marine Sciences
Description of the course

MSc. Degree in Marine Sciences is a 2-year joint degree program offered by the University of Milano-Bicocca in partnership with Maldives National University. 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 official language of the Master’s Degree course is English (B2 level required for admission). In order to foster the intercultural exchange and enable our students to enjoy their stay in our country, non-Italian students will be required to pass an Italian level B1, administered by the University (free).
The teaching is based on a multi-disciplinary approach integrating cutting-edge knowledge and research in this rapidly developing field, with the aim to address present and future environmental challenges.

The Master’s Degree course provide competences on:

  • Natural resources: management of reserves and protected areas, programs for tourism cultural training; 
  • Dissemination of scientific knowledge; 
  • Coastal protection: regional planning, advisory services on coastal erosion, prevention of biodiversity loss due to anthropogenic impacts; 
  • 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. 
  • The program provides theoretical knowledge and practical experience, and entails 12 exams (120 credits).

Students are encouraged to experience national and international internships and will have the opportunity to work in the field and in scientific labs at the MaRHE Center in Maldives.

Career path

Career opportunities for Master’s Degree graduates include positions in the public or private sectors 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. The program also provides a solid foundation to pursue doctoral studies and a career in the academic sector. 



After completion of the first common teachings (environmental chemistry, marine biology and ecology, physical geography, physical oceanography, law of the sea and marine environmental protection) students can choose among three different tracks:

ENVIRONMENT The Environment track embraces the study of abiotic and biotic components of marine and coastal ecosystems, focusing on the interplays between physical processes and marine organisms, with emphasis on climate changes. It includes a broad range of topics, such as marine geology/geomorphology, geobiology, applied geomorphology and sediment dynamics, palaeoecology, chemical and physical oceanography, offshore and coastal resource management, GIS, seafloor and habitat mapping.

BIO-ECOLOGY The Bio-Ecology track embraces the study of life in the oceans and includes a broad range of topics, from biogeography to biodiversity, marine botany, molecular ecology, biological systematics, population ecology, management of aquatic resources, and fisheries.

HUMAN GEOGRAPHY The Human Geography track embraces the study of cultural aspects and their interplay with tourism, environmental conflicts, social resilience, population and gender issues, geographical representations of the sea. This track tackles human activities, their specific social organizations and their consequences in coastal and island environments, and on maritime life, and combines different subjects such as law, sociology, tourism studies, cultural and political geography, spatial analysis and cartography.

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Degree requirements

Min. 3 years Bachelor Degree from an accredited college/university or its equivalent English Certification: Certificate of proficiency in English corresponding to min. B2 level, issued by recognized institutions. 

Admission procedure

Admission procedures vary according to the student’s nationality and place of residence.

Further information
Accommodation at University of Milano - Bicocca

The University of Milano - Bicocca makes available accommodation for international students.To book accommodation and learn about the costs and terms of your stay you can write to: The University of Milano-Bicocca also offers scholarships to cover accommodation and living costs. For terms of application please consult our tax page 

by Area della formazione, last updated on 04/05/2021