UNIVERSITY GRADUATE (MASTER) STUDY PROGRAMME

Sustainable Management of Aquatic Ecosystems

Duration of the study: 4 semesters (2 years)

Total ECTS: 120

Professional title acquired upon finishing the study programme: Master of sustainable management of aquatic ecosystems

Science area: Biotechnical science (Agriculture)

Competencies acquired upon finishing the study program:

  • gain an in-depth understanding of aquatic and marine ecosystem function and the services healthy ecosystems provide to human society including the vast future possibilities to benefit from these sustained services in the context of economic blue growth
  • be familiar with ways to validate ecosystem services, including the actual monetary value, and know how to recognize and avoid human-induced reductions of such services; be aware of the serious net-negative impacts on global economies and local livelihoods in the case of the loss of such services
  • understand the concept of ecosystem health and ecosystem based management in the marine/coastal and aquatic sector and be familiar with the newest strategies to reach and dynamically adapt the associated management goals
  • understand the circular economy of nature and the basic principles that maintain life on Earth under the global and local operating conditions and in the context of a dynamic equilibrium
  • be prepared to function in a widely set interdisciplinary team including the full diversity of human intelligence, nature, occupation, culture, believes, and interests
  • to recognize and respond to market demands in relation to the specifics production and processing of aquatic organisms
  • critically and with an interdisciplinary approach to contemplate and consider the historical and traditional importance of the management of aquatic resources and coastal zone in the Mediterranean and broader.

 

Module list of the graduate study programme by semester:

 

1. SEMESTER

Status

Hours in semester

ECTS

L

S

E

Limnology and oceanography

mandatory

30

15

15

6

Physiology of marine and freshwater organisms

mandatory

30

 

15

6

Scientific methods and statistics

mandatory

30

 

30

6

Preservations of aquatic ecosystems

mandatory

30

 

30

6

Fisheries and environment

mandatory

30

 

30

6

2. SEMESTER

 

 

 

 

 

Integrated coastal area management (ICAM)

mandatory

30

15

15

6

Applied ecology of aquatic ecosystems

mandatory

30

15

15

6

Farming technologies of aquatic organisms

mandatory

30

 

30

6

Biomimikry

mandatory

15

15

30

6

Introduction to GIS

elective

15

 

30

3

Local aquatic products

elective

30

 

15

4

Ocean literacy

elective

15

 

30

3

Ecology of marine fishes

elective

15

 

15

3

3. SEMESTER

 

 

 

 

 

Aquaculture and fisheries management

mandatory

30

15

15

6

Sociology of local communities

mandatory

30

30

 

6

Marine protected area (MPA) management

mandatory

30

15

15

6

Biology of cell stress

elective

30

   

3

Aquaculture nutrition

elective

30

15

 

4

Health care and pathology of aquatic organisms

elective

30

   

3

Freshwater systems ecology

elective

15

 

15

3

Aquaculture and environment

elective

30

   

3

4. SEMESTER

 

 

 

 

 

Internship

mandatory

 

 

 

10

Master thesis

mandatory

 

 

 

20

The Department of Ecology, Agronomy and Aquaculture of the University of Zadar, together with external associates and partners within the Blue Education for Sustainable Management of Aquatic Resources - BLUE SMART project co funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, developed the Elaborate of this graduate study in order to create new skills and knowledge in the blue economy sector.