Master MARE

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Master in Biology and Ecology of the Marine Environment and Sustainable Use of Marine Resources (MARE)

The new Master's Degree in Biology and Ecology of the Marine Environment and Sustainable Use of Marine Resources has been developed by the Federico II University and "Anton Dohrn” Zoological Station. This two years Master degree course provides academic, laboratory and research training in basic science labs and in scientific and technological research for the management and sustainable exploitation of marine resources. 

The course curriculum, all in English, is a stimulating mix of formal lectures, lab work and field trips. Students (graduates) have access to an exclusive network of international bodies that include ASSEMBLE, the Association of European Marine Biological Laboratories, and EMBRC, the European Marine Biological Resource Centre.

1st and 2nd year subjects include:

  • Chemical and Physical Oceanography
  • Marine biodiversity and biomonitoring
  • Marine Microbial Biodiversity
  • Marine Ecology and Pathology
  • Reproductive and Developmental Biolgy of Marine Vertebrates
  • Physiology of marine orgnaisms
  • Biochemical adaptations to the Marine Environment and methods for Bioremediation
  • Marine Conservation: Genetics and Genomics
  • Algae Biology
  • Marine Biogeochemical Cycles
  • Management of Marine Resources
  • Scuba Diving with patent
  • Scientific English
  • Master thesis

Launch of a New Master's Degree in Biology and Ecology of the Marine Environment and Sustainable Use of Marine Resources (LM-6) The Master's Degree in Biology and Ecology of the Marine Environment and Sustainable Use of Marine Resources is the first master's degree entirely devoted to the marine environment in Italy. This second-cycle degree was conceived by the School of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences of Federico II University in 2010 and approved by the Biological Science faculty committee in April 2011, and soon afterwards by the joint committee of the Science School. The strong and sustained interest of Federico II University and its newly instituted Biology Department in the project has led to the involvement of the Naples ''Anton Dohrn'' Zoological Station to share in teaching. The relevant agreement was signed by the university in October 2013 and by the Zoological Station the following month. The launch of the master's degree course is also in line with the Education ministry's 2013-2015 Three-Year plan (''Planning and realization of shared objectives by universities and research bodies'').
The degree course thus exploits the teaching potential and scientific competency of Federico II University's Biology Department and of the Zoological Station, an international research centre for biology and marine ecology.
The initiative is also set in the wider framework of environmental policy strategies for the sea. The EU Blue Growth strategy, while highlighting the fragile state of the Mediterranean sea and its coasts, has identified a strong potential for economic growth in these areas that should be tapped using co-ordinated, sustainable policies.
The Mediterranean sea is a biodiversity hotspot, hosting 8% of all marine species in an area accounting for no more than 0.8% of the world seas. It is threatened by overexploitation of fish stocks, pollution from farming, industry, and transport activities, and other environmental hazards including invasive species, chemical waste, ballast water, oil spills, and waste disposal at sea. Compared with other EU coastal areas the Mediterranean coast is more vulnerable to erosion and other effects of climate change. Each year this ecologically rich but fragile area hosts 31% of the world tourism.
A further benefit of the new master's degree is that it helps address the problems of an area that urgently requires investment of human and economic capital into the promotion of a traditional sector, the professions and activities related to the sea.
The new master's degree course is open to graduates of the first-cycle degree courses in Biological Sciences (L-13), who are numerous at our university, and to those of the first-cycle degree in Sciences and Technologies for Nature and the Environment (L-32). On finishing the master's degree, they will be eligible for professional registration. The Register of Biologists has welcomed its launch, ''which fills a gap in the teaching of professional knowledge and skills regarding the sea and the management of marine resources''.
The course will teach graduates how to devise strategies to protect the marine environment through protocols directed at the integrated management of coastal areas, particularly Mediterranean areas, and to develop and expand the adoption of an ecosystemic approach, where coastal and maritime activities are assessed for their environmental impact. 
The admission test is in English and the course is taught exclusively in English. This master's degree further broadens the range of courses offered in English also with a view to attracting a larger number of foreign and Italian students. A unique feature of the new master's degree, setting it apart from other similar courses in Italy, is the privileged access it provides to the international network of relations of Federico II University and the Zoological Station. Such international dimension will enable students, who already use English in all classes, to spend training periods abroad at universities and research laboratories that have signed bilateral agreements with Federico II University, and at EU and non-EU Marine Biology research stations that entertain scientific collaborations and contacts with the Zoological Station. Federico II University has long-standing scientific relations with several Mediterranean countries including Morocco, Tunisia and Palestine, just to mention a few. The Zoological Station participates in the Association of European Marine Biological Laboratories (ASSEMBLE; EU FP7) and is a member of the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC), which brings together 13 marine stations and European molecular biology laboratories. Students will have access to their research and training infrastructure and facilities, including model and real marine organisms and genomic resources. The master's degree has also been conceived as a stepping stone for the creation of the Centro Marino Partenopeo. The Centre will meet the rising demand for training in a major area of interest for our territory by providing highly specialized skills and competencies related to the marine environment.

Learning outcome:

The curriculum of the Master’s Degree has been conceived to provide a broad range of professional skills and competencies. Our graduates will be at home both in basic science labs and in jobs involving scientific and technological research and innovation for the management and sustainable exploitation of marine resources. 

Contact Person: Prof. Vincenza La Forgia (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0831 - Fisheries", "1015 - Coastal and marine tourism", "0512 - Biotechnology", "0312 - Policy and governance", "0512 - Toxicology", "0511 - Biology", "0031 - Project management", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management", "0521 - Ecology


Venue: University of Naples Federico II
Naples, Italy



The Master’s Degree course is open to students with a first-cycle degree in: Biology, Biological Sciences, Natural Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Geological Sciences, Biotechnologies and any degrees awarded by foreign Universities that are recognized as being equal to a first-cycle degree. Entrance is subject to an admission test that is held in September and is open to graduates and final year students. 

Application Procedure:

Online application for test participation on website
The admission test to the master degree course in MARE for A.Y. 2016/17 has been held on September 15th 2016, 14.30 p.m., Classroom BIO1, Complesso Monte Sant'Angelo, Via Cinthia, Naples, Italy
Publication of ranking list (in descending order) of candidates on and according to identification code, with details of their own work and the scores obtained

For information on the announcement and administrative procedure at,,


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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