Master Terrestrial Ecology and Biodiversity Management

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Application deadline: October
Tuition fee:
  • € 2,760 / Year (EEA)
  • € 4,500 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Catalan
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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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 optionsThe 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.


* Bases for the Conservation and Management of Biodiversity
* Space Ecology
* Statistics and Environmental Modelling
* Master's dissertation
* Advanced Content in Terrestrial Ecology
* Design and Methodology of Projects in Terrestrial Ecology
* Experimental Methods in Terrestrial Ecology
* Bases for the Conservation and Management of Biodiversity
* Space Ecology
* Statistics and Environmental Modelling
* Master's dissertation
* Design and Methodology of Projects in Management of Fauna and Flora
* Evolution and Analysis of the Plant Landscape
* Management and Applications of Animal Diversity


* Terrestrial Ecology

Jordi Martínez Vilalta
* Management and Diversity of Flora and Fauna

Fernando García del Pino


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 requirementsAdmission 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 criteriaShould 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 trainingBridging 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


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