The MSc degree in Marine Ecology corresponds to a total of 120 ECTS to be completed in 2 academic years.

During the first year (60 ECTS), all students must attend five core 6 ECTS courses, plus the mandatory Research Project in Marine Ecology and Seminars in Marine Ecology courses, each with 3 ECTS. Students must also complete an additional 24 ECTS in optional courses.

During the 1st semester, all courses are held throughout the 14 scheduled class weeks while during the second semester, courses are scheduled as a sequence of intensive modules (3 weeks for a 6 ECTS work load), with the exception of the two above mentioned mandatory courses. This modular organization allows students to pursue a continued training including laboratory and field work that ensure hands-on and terrain practical activities. The 2020/2021 school year 2nd semester chronogram can be viewed as an example of classes organization. The 2nd semester Research Project in Marine Ecology course is dedicated to the selection, preparation and presentation of each student’s MSc dissertation plan.

During the second year, students are expected to develop and complete their 60 ECTS MSc dissertation that corresponds to a full time supervised research project. This project can be developed either at ULisboa or at another research institution. Public defense of the individual MSc dissertation completes the MSc degree.

The ongoing version of the MSc in Marine Ecology is regulated by Despacho no. 11627/2016, of September 20, and was accredited by A3ES under process no. ACEF/1314/17682, on April 16, 2015