MSc Marine and Coastal Systems (MaCS - SIMCO)

General information

Master in Marine and Coastal systems (MACS - SIMCO) 2015

The Marine and Coastal Systems (MaCS - SIMCO) master programme, integrates knowledge using an interdisciplinary approach. It focuses on the study of processes operating within the coastal and marine systems, subject to complex geological, physical, chemical, biological and social forcings.

Teaching methods

  • Taught modules, core and optional research training modules
  • Field work and field visits (more than 50h) and use of field equipment
  • Laboratory work (more than  200h) and use of extensive laboratory facilities and equipment
  • Science communication in seminars
  • Scientific diving (optional)


1st Semester 2nd Semester 3rd Semester
Large Scale Ocean Processes Coastal Oceanography Eutrophication and Harmful Algal Blooms
Geology and Geophysics of Ocean Basins Remote sensing and marine cartography Isotopic Tracers of Marine Processes
Marine Morphodynamics Modelling of Marine Systems Coastal and Marine Hazards
arine Trophic Dynamics Oceanographic Data Analysis Records and Measures of Environmental Changes
Anthropic Disturbances of Marine Systems Monitoring of Marine Systems Basin Analysis
Socioeconomic Challenges in Coastal Zones – Seminars Seminar in Economics of Marine Resources / Scientific Diving (Optional) Dissertation Plan – Seminar

The 4th Semester is dedicated to the Master Thesis.

Learning outcome:

1. Capacity to assess of Human and natural forcings on coastal and marine systems;
2. Critical and analytical thinking skills;
3. Demonstrate ability and proficiency in quantitative skills;
4. Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form to convey scientific knowledge and results to peers, and public domain;
5. Ability to independently design and execute research work oriented on quantitative data;
6. Develop the capacity of working in a team.

Contact Person: Óscar Ferreira (


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

0031- Personal skills and communication", "0311 - Maritime economy", "0511 - Biology", "0521 - Ecology", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management", "0532 - Marine Geology", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography", "0712 - Environmental protection technology", "0724 - Oil, gas and mineral resources", "0731 - Marine spatial planning", "0731 - Surveying", "1015 - Coastal and marine tourism


Venue: University of Algarve
Faro, Portugal

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



1000 euros/year for EU citizens
3500 euros/year for citizens from other countries + 175 euros/year for registration and school insurance.



1st degree (BSc) on Marine Sciences, Biology and Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering and Physical Geography.

Application Procedure:

You need to complete the online Application Form. The application will only be considered after receiving, by email or post mail, the following documents: Curriculum Vitae (with personal, academic and professional details); Copy of diplomas or certificates of academic degrees (with the transcript of records); The proof of payment of the application fee (50 €). 




Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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