Master in Marine Biology

General information

The Marine Biology Master aims to promote multidisciplinary advanced training in Marine Biology, giving skills to the analysis and understanding of marine ecosystems, from genes to distinct marine communities, their functioning and diversity.

The program includes a strong laboratory and field work component in different marine ecosystem with specific attributes, and various biological productivities from oligotrophic to eutrophic. There are several applications to exploitation, conservation and biotechnology. Also opportunities as researchers or technicians in scientific projects or continuing studies in a PhD program.

The theoretical courses of the programme are taught in English, while practicals are taught both in English and Portuguese.

Curricular Units First Year

  • Statistical Analysis
  • Marine Population Biology
  • Fisheries Biology And Ecology
  • Aquatic Ecosystem Dynamics
  • Molecular And Cellular Biology Techniques
  • Ecophysiology Of Marine Plants
  • Evolution And Marine Biogeography
  • Advanced Methods In Biological Oceanography
  • Biogeochemical Processes And Global Changes
  • Biogeochemical Processes And Global Changes
  • Scientific Diving or Técnicas de Monitorização de Sistemas Marinhos or Seminário em Economia dos Recursos Marinhos.

The second year is focused on the master thesis, with two mandatory courses available: Thesis Preparation and Experimental Project In Marine Biology.

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

0831 - Fisheries", "0512 - Biotechnology", "0312 - Policy and governance", "0421 - Marine and maritime law", "0724 - Oil, gas and mineral resources", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management", "0521 - Ecology", "0532 - Marine Geology


Venue: University of Algarve
Faro, Portugal

Faculty of Sciences and Technology
Campus de Gambelas, Edifício 2
8005-139 Faro 



Bachelor of Science, mainly Marine Biology, Biology, Marine Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Landscape Architecture, Biological Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Biophysics Engineering, or related.

Application Procedure:

In order to apply for this programme you need to complete the online application form. The application will only be considered, after receiving, by email or post mail the following documents:

  • Your Curriculum Vitae (with personal, academic and professional details)
  • Copy of diplomas or certificates of your academic degrees (with the transcript of records)
  • The proof of payment of the application fee (50€) 

Application Deadlines

  • 1st phase - until 13/03/2015 - results published at 20/03/2015 (advised for international candidates)
  • 2nd phase - until 16/07/2015 - results published at 21/07/2015 (only if there are vacancies)
  • 3rd phase - until 04/09/2015 - results published at 11/09/201 (only if there are vacancies)


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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