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University Master's Degree in Sustainable Fisheries Management

Description and content

Curriculum summary

The Master is taught full-time in two academic years [120 credits, according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)], each corresponding to a full academic year. The Master’s degree begins a new edition every two years.

The first part of the Master’s degree (60 ECTS) has a professional profile and is carried out at the University of Alicante Faculty of Science, with highly specialised academic staff from organising institutions and well-known guest lecturers from international institutions and universities, research centres, administrations and private companies from several countries. This part is made up of complementary yet independent courses, in order to allow students to take partial attendance to certain courses. This part requires personal work and active participation, where theoretical content is complemented by practical work, tutored assignments, open seminars and technical visits, thus encouraging the exchange of ideas between lecturers, professionals and participants.

In the second part of the Master's degree, participants complete 60 ECTS, focused on initiation to research, external internships and the completion of a Master's Thesis (TFM) that includes the results of an original research project. This part is carried out at the University of Alicante, or at other collaborating institutions for a period of 10 months. The Master's management team undertakes to guide students in their contacts, search for work subjects and host institutions, and possible financial aid.

External internships will be carried out in research departments, companies and other institutions collaborating with the Master's degree, so that students can learn study techniques and methods in connection with the subject of their thesis. Extracurricular internships can also be carried out, such as, for example, participation in fisheries assessment campaigns on oceanographic research vessels.

The Master’s thesis will deal with any of the topics covered in the programme with a focus on management or fisheries research, and can be carried out in international institutions, universities, research centres, government services and private companies. The experimental work for the Master’s thesis preparation is carried out under the supervision of a tutor who must be a PhD member with acknowledged expertise.

Each course of the Master’s degree is available from the distribution tables by year and by elective courses. Within each course, a teaching guide and all the relevant information is available.

 

CURRICULUM STRUCTURE BY COURSE TYPE
   
COURSE TYPE CREDITS
Compulsory (OB) 75
External internships (OB) 15
Master's Thesis (OB) 30
Total credits   120


 
   DISTRIBUTION BY YEAR
 

 


1ST YEAR

FIRST SEMESTER

SECOND SEMESTER

SUBJECT

TYPE

ECTS

SUBJECT

TYPE

ECTS

INTRODUCTION TO MARINE ECOSYSTEM, FISHERY RESOURCES AND AQUACULTURE

  OB

6

THEORY AND APPLICATION OF BIOECONOMIC MODELS AND ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL INDICATORS

OB

6

DYNAMICS OF EXPLOITED POPULATIONS

OB

5

INSTITUTIONAL VISITS

OB

5

BASIC ECONOMICS AND FACTORS OF PRODUCTION IN FISHERIES

OB

4

INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK: COOPERATION AND RESEARCH

OB

4

FISH TRADE AND PROCESSING

  OB

4

MARITIME LAW AND SOCIO-CULTURAL DIMENSION

OB

5

THEORY AND MODELS OF FISHERIES ASSESSMENT

  OB

6

OBJECTIVES AND INSTRUMENTS OF FISHERIES POLICY

OB

5

STATISTICAL ANALYSIS AND DATABASE USE

  OB

5

APPLIED FISHERIES POLICIES

  OB

5


2nd YEAR

THIRD SEMESTER

FOURTH SEMESTER

SUBJECT

TYPE

ECTS

SUBJECT

TYPE

ECTS

INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH

OB

15

MASTER’S THESIS

OB

30

EXTERNAL INTERNSHIPS

OB

15

     

 

 

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Exam dates and calendar

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Competences

 

 

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Movility and exchange programmes

The Faculty of Science, in close collaboration with the University of Alicante Mobility and International Programmes Division, is in charge of a mobility programme pursuing the following actions:

  • To promote the internationalisation actions of the University of Alicante, encouraging the mobility of the university staff
  • To make language learning for academic and research purposes easier.
  • To encourage students to complete their training in other national or international universities (SICUE/SENECA; DRAC; ERASMUS +; NON-EUROPEAN MOBILITY Programmes)
  • To enable young university students to undertake stays in companies abroad, thus improving the qualifications of university students (Programmes: LEONARDO DA VINCI; IAESTE).

Stays in other national and foreign universities are carried out within the framework of an agreement signed between the University of Alicante and each of the institutions.

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External internships

The Faculty of Science manages an internship programme aimed at students who have passed at least 50% of undergraduate credits and/or the requirements specified in their curriculum. The main goals of these internships are as follows:

  • To allow students to apply and complement the knowledge acquired in their academic training by carrying out pre-professional activities in collaborating entities, favouring the acquisition of skills that prepare them for the professional world and foster their capacity for entrepreneurship.
  • To connect the needs of the labour market with the University's training activities

The internships are developed within the framework of an agreement signed between the University of Alicante and the relevant companies and public or private institutions.

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Master's thesis (TFM)

All official Master's degrees will conclude with the preparation and public defence of a Master's Thesis (TFM equivalent acronym in Spanish), which must be carried out in the final phase of the study plan and be oriented towards the assessment of competences associated.

The TFM will be an original, autonomous and personal project, which may be prepared individually or in coordination, which each student must carry out under the guidance of a tutor who will allow students to reflect the learning outcomes and the competences acquired.

The tutor’s role must consist of guiding, advising and planning the students' activities, monitoring the activities during the period where the TFM is carried out, and collaborating in everything that will enable students to successfully complete it.

The TFM may include different modalities, both experimental and academic in every way, according to the different aspects related to the Master’s degree, and according to its professional, research or academic orientation.

The assignment of the work proposed by the departments and requested by the students will be carried out in accordance with the procedure established by the Faculty Board.

Through the platform established for this purpose, students may choose one of the TFM offered by the departments. In addition, each student may propose their own thesis topic.

Registration for the TFM must be made within the periods established in the University of Alicante academic calendar.

Credit recognition and transfer

Credit Recognition is the acceptance by a university of credits that, having been obtained in other official courses, in the same or another university, are counted in other universities for the purposes of obtaining an official degree certificate. In other words, it is the acceptance of subjects passed in university studies when the student enters a new degree programme. The concept of "recognition" has replaced, in undergraduate studies, the old concept of validation/adaptation.

Credit transfer is the inclusion —in the student’s academic record and in the official academic documents accrediting the studies followed by each student— of all the credits obtained in official studies taken previously at the same or another university, which have not led to the award of an official degree certificate.

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  • Credit recognition and transfer. Faculty of Science secretary’s office.

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Master's degree coordinators

The University of Alicante AUDIT programme has been certified for all its centres. Therefore, the Faculty of Science has implemented an Internal Quality Assurance Management System for teaching coordination purposes, both horizontally and vertically, and in all its study programmes.

The Faculty of Science Quality Assurance System includes, among others, the following committees:

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Teaching staff and external collaborators

Master’s teaching staff and external collaborators

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Related regulations

Continuation of studies

The University of Alicante Social Council approved by agreement on 29 May 2018 (BOUA 5-6-18), a new regulation on continuation of studies in accordance with a new teaching/learning model focused on students, within the philosophy of the European Higher Education Area.  

 

Assessment of learning outcomes

The Governing Council of the University of Alicante has regulated the procedures and criteria for the assessment and grading of results, scheduling and exam sessions, publication of grades and, where appropriate, the procedures for reviewing and claiming grades, as well as the completion and modification of reports.

These regulations adapt the criteria of the teaching programme to the continuous assessment system that inspired the implementation of current UA official degrees. They also bring together and update previous regulations.

The main actions are as follows:

  • Continuous assessment, which will be the general assessment system.
  • The establishment of alternative assessment systems for students entitled to "curriculum adaptation" is envisaged.
  • The assessment criteria will be public and objective, specified before enrolment periods in the "course guides" and cannot be modified during the academic year except for justified reasons.
  • There will be recoverable and non-recoverable assessment activities that will appear in the "course guides".
  • Two assessment periods are established: regular and special periods, which will appear in the annual academic calendar
  • The final exams calendar may not be modified, except in cases of force majeure. Final exam dates for each course will be published before enrolment periods, at least 30 days in advance.
  • Grading system will be numerical from 0 to 10 to one decimal place. A “distinction with honours" may be awarded to students with a grade equal to or higher than 9, with a maximum of 5% of students enrolled in a course or 1 for courses with 20 or fewer students.
  • Results for partial and final exams will be published through UACloud. The former, no later than 30 calendar days. The latter, within the period established in the academic calendar. In addition, in the case of final exams, the place, date and time for the revision will be indicated at least 48 hours in advance.
  • The procedure for reviewing and claiming grades is established.
  • Regulations on the Assessment of Learning Outcomes (BOUA de 9/12/2015) [pdf].

 

Further information on the assessment of learning outcomes:

 

What curriculum adaptation is and who can request it?

Curriculun adaptation is a set of academic and technical actions that, at the request of a student, can be carried out in order to make access and continuation of studies easier improving the student performance. Curriculum adaptation will be managed in accordance with the principles of confidentiality and privacy.

Students who can request curriculum adaptation are divided into two groups:

  • First group. Students who accredit a degree of physical, sensory or mental disability equal to or greater than 33% and students with specific educational needs (SEN) due to congenital or unexpected health conditions.
  • Second group. Students who can accredit their status as elite, top-level or university sportsmen and women. Victims of gender-based violence. Situation of childbirth, adoption or fostering children. Taking care of children under 3 years of age or carers of dependent family members. Incompatible working hours with class attendance. Members of UA governing bodies, participants in tournaments, cultural or academic activities representing the UA and students participating in mobility programmes.

Applications for adaptation must be submitted two weeks before the start of the academic year or semester. Exceptionally, at any time due to unforeseen circumstances.

Applications from students in the first group must be submitted to the Student Support Centre (SSC) and those from the second group to either the faculty involved or Polytechnic School, as the case may be.

There are two levels of curriculum adjustments:

  • Classroom support adaptations may consist of adaptation of materials, lighting or sound quality in classrooms. Adaptation of practicals or academic content and even the use of alternative or complementary communication systems. Also, justified absences from class can be considered (a maximum of 25% per course).
  • Adaptations in assessment tests may consist of extending the time in the tests or transcription to other alternative communication systems.

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Faculty of Science 

E-mail: facu.ciencies@ua.es

Website:  https://ciencias.ua.es/es/

Tel : (+34) 96 590 3557 / (+34) 965 90 34 00 - ext. 3284

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