Master Terrestrial Ecology and Biodiversity Management

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Application deadline: 12 October, 2014
Tuition fee:
  • € 2,760 / Year (EEA)
  • € 5,520 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014, September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Catalan
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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This master's degree in TerrestrialEcology and BiodiversityManagement is addressed to students interested in the processes involved in the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems and the options for mitigating their future deterioration in a context of global environmental change, and also to students interested in the management and conservation of biological natural resources (flora and fauna).

The master's degree takes up one academic year (60 ECTS) and is divided into two specialisations:TerrestrialEcology and Management and Diversity of Fauna and Flora (marine and terrestrial).

The subjects that are common to both specialisations aim to provide methodological tools (modelling, statistics and geographical information systems). In the TerrestrialEcology specialisation there are modules on preparing for research (based on set reading texts) and designing experiments and measuring techniques (based on research visits and stays). In the Management and Diversity of Fauna and Flora specialisation there are modules on management and applications of animal diversity and evolution and analysis of the landscape (plants).

Both specialisations conclude with a master's dissertation, which can be given a research or a professional focus.

The master's degree gives access to the PhD programme in TerrestrialEcology, offered by the Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF) and the UAB (with an excellence award), and to the PhD programme in Animal Biology of the UAB.

Ideal student profile

Students interested in the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems and options for mitigating their deterioration in a context of global environmental change, and those interested in the management and conservation of natural marine and terrestrial resources (flora and fauna).

Career options

The principal career options for students of this master's degree are:

* Researchers working in the field of ecology, environmental biology and environmental studies in universities or research centres in the commercial sector (in industry, or in phytosanitary, zoosanitary or food and agriculture agencies).
* Experts working in the management of protected areas and biological resources in public administration, environment departments in large companies, or in media companies, companies that carry out environmental studies or are involved in the phytosanitary, zoosanitary or food and agriculture sectors.

The latest survey on employment opportunities indicates that 81% of students who have taken this master's degree have a job that is related to the degree contents one year after completing it.

Contents

This master's degree comprises 60 credits and is taught full-time over one academic year, and part-time over two years.
The master's degree is divided into two specialisations:

* Terrestrial Ecology
* Management and Diversity of Fauna and Flora

There are 24 compulsory credits common to the two specialisations. These are distributed over three modules: The module "Statistics and Environmental Modelling" (12 ECTS), which offers an advanced methodological basis for numerical data analysis and modelling applied to environmental biology, and two modules with contents that cut across the whole master's degree syllabus ("Space Ecology" and "Bases for the Conservation and Management of Biodiversity", both for 6 ECTS).

The specialisation in "TerrestrialEcology" takes a broader view, focusing on the general ecological processes that determine the state of terrestrial ecosystems. In this specialisation special emphasis is placed on providing students with new tools and skills for acquiring knowledge.

The specialisation in "Management and Diversity of Fauna and Flora" aims to produce professionals (whether in research or not) who can identify, interpret, and managebiodiversity, including terrestrial and aquatic fauna and flora. The focus is on topics like the state of conservation of animal and plant diversity, its management, and the various applications of fauna in the framework of environmental biology.

For the sake of efficiency, no optional subjects are offered in any of the specialisations, each specialisation having three specific academic modules, all compulsory. Finally, both specialisations contain a module devoted to the "Master's dissertation" (15 ECTS).

Requirements

Access to this master's degree is open to holders of an official bachelor's degree from a Spanish university or from another higher education institution within or outside the European Higher Education Area, provided this gives access to postgraduate studies in the country of issue.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements are as follows:
Bachelor's degree in Biology, Environmental Biology, Environmental Science, Forestry Engineering or Agricultural Engineering. Access is also open to graduates in Marine Sciences, Veterinary Medicine or other related qualifications in Engineering, Sciences or Biosciences and with equivalent qualifications from other countries.

Selection criteria

Should the number of applicants be higher than that of places on offer, these will be allocated according to the following criteria (in order of importance):

* - Academic transcript (50%)
* - Professional experience related to the subject area of this master's degree (30%)
* - Certificate of level of English (20%)

Complementary training

Bridging courses may need to be taken and passed by students with degrees in Marine Sciences, Veterinary Medicine or other subjects in the fields of Engineering, Sciences or Biosciences, depending on the actual content of these degree courses.

The Master's Committee will examine students' previous studies and determine whether bridging courses need to be taken or not.

The bridging courses that may be required are:

* Animal Biology (Zoology), 6 ECTS credits


* Plant Biology (Botany), 6 ECTS credits


* Ecology, 6 ECTS credits

Funding

Specific grants for this master's degree
At the UAB grants' website you will find information on financial aids, grants, competitions, prizes and subsidies for the university community. The portal includes aids offered by UAB and calls from other institutions that may be an interest for students.

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