MSc Erasmus Mundus in Ecohydrology (ECOHYD)

General information

The Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Ecohydrology (ECOHYD) is constituted by European partners institutions such as: University of Algarve (Portugal), University of  Lodz (Poland), University of Kiel (Germany), UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education (Netherlands), and by the University of La Plata (Argentina) and also several Associated members.

Students have to study at least in three different universities (in this case also different countries) for at least 10-50 ECTS, in each, for the whole programme. A four HEI can be chosen for the thesis work. The ECOHYD programme totals 120 ECTS. The ECOHYD is organized in four thematic areas:

  • Understanding Function, Processes and Threats of Aquatic Ecosystems, Freshwater and Marine Systems (30 ECTS)
  • Toolbox for Applying Ecohydrology: Environmental Impact, Ecologic Modeling, Ecosystem Restoration, Sociology (30 ECTS)
  • Development of Personal Skills and Research Project Implementation (15 ECTS)
  • Specialization and Integration in Management and Engineering of Aquatic Ecosystems (15 ECTS Modules/Courses + 30 Thesis - 45 ECTS)

Mobility Scheme
For their first mobility (Semester 1 and 2) the students will start their first year either at the University of Algarve (Portugal) or at the University of Lodz (Poland). After acquiring 50 ECTS the students will be able to do their second mobility- the Summer School- to the National University of La Plata (Argentina). After Summer School the students will do a third mobility to the University of Kiel (Germany) or to UNESCO-IHE (The Netherlands). For their ​fourth mobility (4th semester) students will select one European Institution to do the Master thesis. 


The ERASMUS MUNDUS Master Course in Ecohydrology (EMMC ECOHYD) will create highly specialized professionals in the area of Integrated Management of Aquatic Ecosystems and Resources (IMAER) based on the Ecohydrology approach and principles, able to generate applications, models and tests of the relationships between ecosystem functions and stressful factors impacting on aquatic ecosystems. Such professionals will have a profound understanding about the ecological and hydrological processes and their crucial and integrated role in ecosystems functioning, as a basis for designing and implementing long-lasting sustainable and restoration solutions for aquatic ecosystems.

Specific Objectives

  • Strengthen the exchange of experience between state members in the application of the Ecohydrology concept.
  • Establish common methodologies towards an integrated management of water in Europe and disseminate those ideas (by means of both lecturers and students) to the state members.
  • Strengthen the connection of Europe to third countries and consolidate the position of Europe as a leader in environmental and water issues.
  • Disseminate the European vision of environmental sustainability to third countries, demonstrated by the legislation framework adopted in water and coastal zone matters.
  • Disseminate European culture to third countries.
Contact Person: Secretariado Erasmus Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (Univeristy of Algarve) (


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

0511 - Biology", "0512 - Biotechnology", "0512 - Toxicology", "0521 - Ecology", "0532 - Marine Geology", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography", "0542 - Statistics", "0588 - Scientific modelling", "0731 - Marine spatial planning


Venue: University of Algarve (Programme Coordinator)
Faro, Portugal

Semester 1 & 2: University of Algarve (Portugal) or University of Lodz 
Summerschool (during the 1st year): National University of La Plata (Argentina)
Semester 3:  University of Kiel (Germany) or UNESCO-IHE (The Netherlands)
Semester 4:  students select one European Institution to do the Master thesis



Open from
1 Feb 2016 to 2 Sep 2016


Participation costs for students willing to apply to the Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Ecohydrology is:

  • 5000 € per 2  years for European citizens
  • 8000 € per 2 year2 for non-European citizens

This amount will cover:

  • enrolling and registration in the host universities of the ECOHYD consortium;
  • access to the infrastructures in the host university, namely free wireless internet access within the campus(es);
  • access to student canteens and cafeterias; access to  the library/libraries and laboratories;
  • assistance in the integration (resident card, bank account and accommodation).

LIVING & TRAVEL COSTS. Students finance their own accommodation, insurances, living and travel costs while undertaking the ECOHYD programme.

INSURANCE. All students are required to have an international insurance covering their health and civil liability.
For European students it is sufficient to obtain a European Health Insurance Card through the national health care authorities in their home country.

Voluntary health insurance. In Poland, while studying at the Lodz University, international students can register for a national health insurance. More information is available on


Selection criteria

Applicants with background not considered fitting the thematic area of the course or coming from a non recognized university will be excluded.

Applicants considered to be evaluated can reach a maximum of 100 points, distributed among the selection criteria as follows:

Academic qualifications (max 60) 

1.1. GPA (all previous degrees) (max 40), 
1.2. Relevance to the topic of the Ecohydrology Master (max 5) 
1.3. Additional course work (extra courses, trainings ,internships ((max 5) 
1.4. Publications and academic research experience (max 5) 
1.5. Academic awards (max 5)

Professional experience (max 20) 

2.1. Practical experience (lab and field work) (max 15) 
2.2. Relevance to the topic of the Ecohydrology Master (max 5)

Motivation (max 20) 

3.1. Motivation letter (max 10) 
3.2. Recommendation letters (max 10)

PLEASE NOTE that applicants rated with less than 48 points will automatically be included in the non selected list.

Application requirements

The Master's degree is designed to provide additional education or training in the student's specialized branch of knowledge. The minimum requirements for admission to the Masters are:

  1. Strong Academic Background in appropriate disciplines
    It means candidates must hold a high education diploma issued by a competent High Education authority attesting the completion of a degree equivalent to a 1st cycle (180 ECTS), in a field where analytical laboratories play an important role. This may be a degree in Ecology, Biology, Marine Biology, Environmental Engineering, etc. 
  2. Demonstrate command of the English language
    The candidate must prove he/she can understand, speak and write English proficiently enough to take the majority of modules, which are taught in English. Possible examples include:
  • TOEFL scores: paper 575 / computer 232/ Internet based 94
  • International English Language Testing System, IELTS scores 6.5
  • General Certificate of Education, GCSE, AS Level, A Level
  • Cambridge Proficiency Certificate, CPE, Level 4-5
  • Oxford Higher Certificate, International Certificate Conference (ICC Stage 3 Technical)
  1. Adequate financial resources
    When you apply there is no guarantee that you will be considered for an ERASMUS MUNDUS scholarship so you should be fully aware of the financial costs of the programme. All candidates must take the financial aspects in consideration when applying. The studentships are extremely competitive and only the very best students in a field of many excellent applicants will be awarded with the scholarships. You should indicate clearly if you are relying on ERASMUS MUNDUS or other studentships to finance your study.

Application Procedure:

In ordet to apply for the programme you need to:

  1. Fill in the application form, print it, sign every page and scan
  2. Prepare application package with:
  • Application form
  • Copies of certified documents of academic credentials, including diploma and (if available) diploma supplement (including a certified translation if these documents are not in English). If you do not yet have a diploma, you must provide us with a copy of a certified document that convincingly proves that you will complete your BSc degree before the EMMC ECOHYD programme starts in September 2015
  • CV
  • Letter of motivation
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Additional documents with proof of relevant professional and/or extra-academic qualifications
  • A valid copy of the first page of your passport
  • Certification of proficiency in English
  1. Send the complete application package to After that, you will receive an e-mail with a registration number confirming submission of your application
  2. Send the hard copies of all above documents by post (stamp date before the deadline for applications) to the following address:

    Postgraduate Admissions Officer
    Gabinete de Apoio aos Programas de Mobilidade
    FCT-Gambelas Campus
    University of Algarve
    8005-139 Faro, Portugal

Application Deadlines

Applications for the academic year 2016/2017  for self-paying candidates:

  • Applications open: February, 2016
  • Deadline for applications: September 2, 2016
  • Application results: September 10, 2016

Important: minimum number of students for course is 8


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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