The initiative of Joint European Erasmus Mundus Master in Environmental Assessment and Management, Curriculum Water and Coastal Management from the University of Bologna has a central focus that integrating the multidisciplinary aquatic, environmental and marine sciences into an advanced teaching program, while promoting an exchange of informations with a direct involvement of the coasta users.


The diversity and complexity of these freshwater and coastal systems requires a broad academic platform for an effective integration between the institutions representing different ecosystems scenarios and management cultures.

The initiative of Joint European Erasmus Mundus Master in ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT, Curriculum Water and Coastal Management (WACOMA) has a central focus that integrating the multidisciplinary aquatic, environmental and marine sciences into an advanced teaching program, while promoting an exchange of informations with a direct involvement of the coastal end users and stakeholders.

Like all interface systems, fresh water and marine environments are highly complex and dynamic. Therefore their management must be implemented through a strategic integration of the series of different technical items. A successful future manager/investor/advisor like our prospective Erasmus Mundus Master students, need to gain the knowledge of these technical items and to dominate an efficient method leading to their integration within one formal system.

The course objective is to train managers and scientists for Water and Coastal Zone Management, with a solid knowledge of environmental and legal instruments.

The course draws on EU research projects and case studies, as well as laboratory experiments and field trips. The program includes experience in modern practical, analytical and numerical methods applicable to water and coastal management. Students are trained in both the collection and analysis of data and the transformation of data into information.

The training includes solving practical management problems of catchments, wetlands, coasts, Ports and in general freshwater and marine areas as well as the comparison of alternate solutions. The students use methods and decision support systems, such as DPSIR, that are relevant to the planning and management of freshwater and marine zone problems. Graduates are encouraged to form a network of peers through an alumni society that will move to become a European professional and accreditation association.

Directed to this international program, a consortium have been formed. The proposing consortium is an association of several European and non-European Country academic institutions, representing a wide spectrum of complementary scientific knowledge and of well studied, diverse fresh water and marine sites.

‘WACOMA’ is a 2 years programme running over three periods: first semester at University of Bologna - Ravenna Campus by means of core modules, second semester at University of Cádiz conducting optional modules and third period during the second year at any of the HEIs of the consortium or Associated Members. Students will have to complete 120 ECTS (30 + 30 + 60) to be awarded the Master WACOMA.

Programme Structure

Courses Include
The Hydrological Cycle and Climate Change
This course aims to develop a quantitative understanding of components of the hydrological cycle and how these components are measured or calculated and influence each other. In order to understand how climate changes may affect processes of water pollution, the course will provide the students with an understanding of the driving forces of surface and ground water flow and of the quantities of water involved. The students will also gain knowledge about the interaction between surface- and groundwater flow, which is the basis to understand the transport of pollutants and other chemical components with groundwater and surface waters by means of advection, diffusion and dispersion. 
Freshwater ecology and biomonitoring

Planning and decision making in water basins and coastal systems

For more information please visit the programme website!

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Application for EU Grants to be sent to the University of Cadiz through the WACOMA website following the appropriate instructions. Applications without grant: call opens in the following spring (see the website for updated information).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 2559 International
  • EUR 2559 National


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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