M.Sc. Water and Coastal Management (WACOMA)

University of Bologna

Application deadline: December
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • Free (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014
Credits: 120 ECTS
Partnership: Erasmus Mundus Scholarship
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The Erasmus Mundus Master in WAter and COastal MAnagement (WACOMA), coordinated by the University of Cadiz (Spain), in collaboration with the Universities of Bologna (Italy), Algarve (Portugal) and the RHSU of St. Petersburg (Russia) integrates the multidisciplinary aquatic, environmental and marine sciences into an advanced teaching programme, promoting the exchange of information with a direct involvement of the coastal end-users and stakeholders.

Main objective of WACOMA is a Master academic training and capacity building programme, in the multidisciplinary domain of fresh water, marine and general environmental sciences.

The scientific and academic outcomes will be not restricted solely to Academia. Through a close association between updated research and applied knowledge, the outcomes will be transferable to an open socio-economic domain, towards the sustainable use of freshwater and coastal resources and simultaneously the protection of the environment and a sounder development of aquatic environments.


The proposed Master Project aims at developing a set of skills that can be quickly transferred to the appropriate Organizations or Governmental bodies, in order to improve the quality of management and governance. Some dissertation lines are
linked to activities of interest to the industry/private sector or financed by it.


The curricular programme is integrated and includes modules offered by all the Universities in the consortium. The Msc WACOMA is a 24 month programme (120 ECTS) running over three periods adapted from a previous Erasmus Mundus approved in the first call of the programme in 2004 (Joint European Master in Water and Coastal Management). The experiences developed during these years have suggested us to include some changes such us the total duration of the Master and some changes in the partnership. The development of the programme will be through different periods/semesters (the dates are for an example of the first edition of the Master 2012/14).

1st Semester first academic year 2012/13 August, 2012 to January 2013, 6 months at the University of Bologna, Italy. It will be conducted different compulsory modules focused on Freshwater, environmental economics, and social sciences to award 30 ECTS by the students.

2nd Semester first academic year 2012/2013 from February 2013 to July 2013, 6 months at the University of Cadiz, Spain. Composed by optional modules to be selected by the students. It is offered up to 90 ECTS to be selected by the students in all of the three general matters included in the master: Freshwater, General Environment and Coastal to complete the required 30ECTS in this period. Second academic year 2012/13 from August 2013 to July 2014 to conduct their research period at any of the 6 partner institutions: University of Algarve, Portugal, University of Bologna, Italy; University of Cadiz, Spain; University of Ningbo, China; University of Santa Cecilia, Brazil and the Russian State Hydrometeorological University, Russia.

Also, the students can conduct their dissertation period in collaboration with any of the associated members always in collaboration and co-supervised by one professor from any of the consortium Universities.

Students will have to complete 120 ECTS to be awarded the MSc WACOMA and at least 30 of those ECTS must be taken in a second EU Institution at a different European country of the consortium.

Students will begin at the University of Bologna where there will be a core programme of 30 ECTS offered to all students.

There will be no options in this core and it will prepare the students for all the subsequent option modules and for their dissertation phase.

For the second period the students will move to the University of Cadiz where a range of option modules (diagram 1) will be available to enable the students to specialise in their main area of interest.

The modules offered will be provided by experts from our wide network of European and international partners and will be organised into subject specific clusters to ensure the modules offered each year address an appropriate range of topics. On completion of the taught modules the students will progress to their dissertation during the second year (60ECTS) .

Of interest to Italian students

In Italy WACOMA is implemented as an international curriculum of the Laurea Magistrale in Analisi e Gestione dell'Ambiente. The master title is valid as Laurea Magistrale LM-75 (Scienze e Tecnologie per l'Ambiente e il Territorio).


University of Cadiz, Spain (co-ordinating institution)
Superior Institute Of Education Santa Cecilia, Brazil
Ningbo University, China
University of Bologna, Italy
University of Algarve, Portugal
Russian State Hydrometeorological University (RSHU), Russian Federation


Application for EU Grants to be sent (Oct-Nov) 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).


The University of Bologna offers Unibo Action 2 study grants to deserving international students, who wish to register for Second Cycle Degree Programmes. The grants, worth € 11,000 gross, are assigned on the basis of the GRE (Revised General Test) test scores.

Read the full information on the requirements and the application procedure in the call for applications, available on the website of the University of Bologna. The deadline to apply for these grants is March 31st.

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