Second cycle degree in

Marine biology

Class: LM-6 - Biology

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Class LM-6 - Biology
Duration 2 years
Branch Chioggia
Language English
Tuition fees and scholarships
Programme coordinator CARLOTTA MAZZOLDI
Access Open access with admission requirements
Reference structures Department of biology, School of science

International students:

Call for Applications (international students) - A.Y. 2024/25

  • 1st Call: 2 November 2023 - 2 February 2024 
  • 2nd Call: 2 March - 2 May 2024 APPLICATION PLATFORM
  • 3rd Call (ONLY EU and equated students): 2 June - 2 August 2024

This course offers sophisticated and modern tools for the study, conservation and responsible management of marine biodiversity and for the development of methods and technologies for the breeding of species of commercial interest. You will specialise in the study of evolutionary mechanisms and dynamics, reproductive strategies, organism/environment interactions; you may find employment in different contexts such as public or private entities responsible for the protection and management of the marine environment, in marine toxicology laboratories and assessment of quality of fish products in aquaculture facilities. You will also be able to act as a consultant for environmental impact investigations, connected to the reproduction of fish species of commercial or scientific research value in universities and other research institutions.

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Characteristics and objectives
The master degree goal is to form marine biologists with the knowledges needed for the conservation of biological resources and the management of fish stocks, for the sustainable use of marine resources, and for the development of methods and technologies for farming economically relevant commercial species.
The knowledges obtained during the three-years biology degree will be deepened with courses covering evolutionary processes, reproductive strategies, adaptation, morphological and functional plasticity, genetics, molecular biology and interaction between organisms and environment. After completion of the master, the student can sustain the Italian qualification test for being a professional biologist.

Occupational opportunities
The formation obtained thanks to the Marine Biology master allows reaching leadership roles in public and private institutions devoted to the safeguard, enhancement and management of the marine environment, in laboratories performing marine ecotoxicology and seafood products' quality control, and in aquaculture plants. In addition, it will be possible to act as consultants in environmental impact assessments, in projects of responsible management of marine resources, and in projects of reproduction of economically relevant fish species, and to perform research in universities, public and private research institutions, marine biology stations, and experimental fish farms and industries.

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