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The main objective of BIODIV is the training of specialized scientific staff able to comprehend the subject of biodiversity conservation and be supplied with the necessary tools and methodologies to confront and practically solve problems of biodiversity maintenance. Special emphasis is given to biodiversity issues of the Mediterranean region in the framework of the global change. The graduates of the M.Sc. Program may either continue in research, pursuing a Ph.D., or work in the public or private sectors in France, Greece or elsewhere.
BIODIV offers unique opportunities and advantages:
1. Professional perspectives at the European and international levels
2. Institutional expertise on Ecology & Biodiversity Conservation
3. Research and education on critical issues of Biodiversity Conservation
4. Novel and diverse educational activities
5. Tuition free; International scholarships
The duration of studies is four academic semesters, corresponding to 120 ECTS. The Programme includes lectures, seminars, practicals, and the preparation of the Thesis of Specialization. The first (winter) semester of studies starts in mid-September and is offered in Montpellier, France. The teaching language is French. The second (spring) semester starts in mid-January and is offered in Mytilene, Greece. In Mytilene, some courses are taught entirely in French and others entirely in English. The thesis of specialization is carried out during the third and fourth semesters.
A. 1st SEMESTER
offered in the University Montpellier II, France
6 courses, corresponding to 30 ECTS
A1. Ecological Engineering, 50 hours (5 ECTS) A2. Biostatistics, 50 hours (5 ECTS) A3. English, 50 hours (5 ECTS) A4. Ecosystem Functioning, 50 hours (5 ECTS) A5. Population and Community Ecology, 50 hours (5 ECTS) A6. Genetics and Evolution, 50 hours (5 ECTS) B. 2nd SEMESTER
offered in the University of the Aegean, Greece
6 courses, corresponding to 30 ECTS
B1. Modelling, 50 hours (5 ECTS) B2. Biodiversity, 50 hours (5 ECTS) B3. Landscape Ecology and GIS, 50 hours (5 ECTS) B4. Conservation Biology, 50 hours (5 ECTS) B5. Biospheric Processes in the Changing Mediterranean Ecosystem, 50 hours (5 ECTS) B6. Theoretical Ecology, 50 hours (5 ECTS) C. 3rd and 4th SEMESTERS
Thesis of Specialization (60 ECTS)
The Thesis of Specialization is carried out in collaborating academic or research institutions in France, Greece or elsewhere. It is written in English or French in the form of a paper ready to be submitted in a scientific journal.
Up to 30 postgraduate students are accepted each year, graduates of internationally recognized Higher Education Departments of Science, Agronomy, Polytechnic or equivalent, from European or other countries, possessing 180 units of the European system ECTS. The selection process is based on the CVs of the candidates and if it is required by a personal interview.
Details about the application can be found at the BIODIV web-site:
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