The Doctoral Program in Sciences with a mention in Management of Renewable Aquatic Resources (MaReA) is offered by the Faculty of Natural and Oceanographic Sciences of the University of Concepción, and is aimed at professionals in areas such as administration and management of renewable aquatic resources, quantitative evaluation of fisheries stocks, biotechnology (applied to aquatic organisms), marine biology, aquaculture engineering, fisheries engineering, fisheries biology, economics of renewable natural resources, veterinary medicine, bioengineering or other related.
The objective of the MaReA Doctorate is to train researchers of excellence with high scientific productivity and independence with the ability to create their own lines of work, establish and maintain work groups to promote, in a multidisciplinary way, the sustainable exploitation of renewable aquatic resources. The MaReA PhD modality is face-to-face, biannual and daytime, consisting of 4 fundamental subjects, 3 specialization subjects, 1 scientific communication seminar and 1 research seminar; The latter allows to complete the thesis project, which must be presented and defended successfully at the end of the third semester. The maximum residence time of a student in this postgraduate course is 8 semesters.
The profile of the graduate of the MaReA Doctorate is that of a researcher with competencies to design, carry out and lead autonomously recognized research as an original contribution to the advancement of science in the area of renewable aquatic resources. The research lines are fisheries and marine conservation, and marine biotechnology and R&D.
The expected competencies in the MaReA Doctorate graduates are: (a) manage theoretical concepts and methodological tools in the quantitative evaluation of renewable aquatic populations and their biotechnological development; (b) identify and analyze scientific problems in the field of renewable aquatic resources management and their biotechnological development; (c) formulate management plans aimed at the conservation and sustainable use of renewable aquatic resources and marine protected areas; (d) propose sustainable and innovative technological solutions to scientific problems in the field of renewable water resources management; (e) communicate scientific and technological knowledge orally and in writing in different contexts at national and international level; (f) autonomously develop research or innovative projects in its line of research; and, (g) participate in multidisciplinary research groups contributing from their own experience.
The general requirements and admission procedure are described in the Regulation of Doctoral and Master Programs of the University of Concepción, in addition to the website of the Postgraduate Directorate. The MaReA Doctorate is also governed by the Internal Regulations.
Applications for the MaReA Doctorate are opened online through the Postgraduate Directorate (DPG) website, which normally occurs from April to September, following the pre-selection (October) and selection (October) processes; The latter includes a face-to-face personal interview or via teleconference. Registration is done personally in March of the following year.
As admission requirements are considered:
- Bachelor's degree in Marine Biology or related careers or Master's degree in disciplines related to natural sciences (i.e. sciences with a major in fisheries, economics of natural resources and environment, exact sciences or engineering).
- High academic performance (grades and ranking within the career or master's program);
verifiable academic trajectory such as pre- and post-graduate assistantships, participation in publications and congresses as principal author or co-author, short-term academic stays abroad, participation in seasonal courses or any other verifiable relevant academic activity.
- Submission of two letters of recommendation from researchers of recognized trajectory, one of which must be from a teacher of the House of Studies (Alma Mater) where the applicant was trained.
- Personal interview to each preselected applicant or by video conference.