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Advanced Master in Sustainable Blue Economy 2022-2023


University of Trieste, Italy

The Advanced Master in Sustainable Blue Economy is established to bring scientific excellence and technological innovation at the centre of a number of Blue Economy initiatives. The Master is jointly organized by the University of Trieste and OGS to support the creation of stable and attractive blue career pathways throughout strengthening professional skills and enhancing competencies in fields related to sustainable blue economy.

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MSc (Coastal & Marine Environments: Physical Processes, Policy & Practice)

2022 - 2023

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies, School of Geography and Archaeology, Galway, Ireland

The Discipline of Geography at NUI Galway is internationally recognised, and financial aid (including FAFSA) and scholarships are available to both high-achieving EU and non-EU students.

The 12-month MSc is a field-based programme, and carries unique strengths, including dedicated ship-time and field-based research. The faculty carry a range of expertise from physical geography and oceanography to climatology, biogeography, social-ecological systems, stakeholder-led research and policy critique.

The MSc is directed at graduates from Geography, related Natural, Environmental, and Social Sciences, and professionals in the field interested in advancing their knowledge and skills.

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Advanced Master in Sustainable Blue Growth 2021-2022

January 2022 – February 2023 

Online & Trieste

The Advanced Master in Sustainable Blue Growth is jointly organized by the University of Trieste and the National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics - OGS. The Master is addressed to researchers, scientists and managers. The aim of the Master is to support the creation of stable and attractive career pathways and highly skilled talents that will be needed to support expanding marine and maritime sectors. The focus of the Master is on strengthening professional skills and enhancing competencies in fields related to the blue economy.

The Master is articulated in the following sessions:

  • E-learning session: online training - from January 2022;
  • 3 intensive sessions of 15 days each (March, June, September 2022) in Trieste [if online, 3 weeks, part time];
  • Traineeship and discussion of the final project work. 

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March 1st - 16th 2021 


The 'Knowledge Flows in Marine Spatial Planning' Spring School 2021 is led by the Universities of Liverpool (UK), Nantes (France), and The Finnish Environmental Institute (SYKE). It involves all partners of the Knowledge Flows in Marine Spatial Planning ERASMUS+ project. The KF-MSP Spring School 2021 challenges participants to: deepen their understanding of MSP; strengthen their knowledge through practical lessons; tackle challenges as a group; engage in discussion with fellow students and MSP experts from across Europe.

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Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) 

15.03.2021 - 26.03.2021 

University Centre of the Westfjords, Iceland 

Elective Course 

The course is an in-depth analysis of the Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) process, illustrating the variety of outcomes possible, exploring specific tools and techniques and relating the theory of MSP to practice by way of examining specific case studies worldwide. The challenges, lessons learned and future opportunities for MSP will also be explored from an applied perspective. 

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Coastal and Marine Management Practical Applications and Challenges 

31.05.2021 - 11.06.2021 

University Centre of the Westfjords, Iceland 

Core Course 

The course explores the complex interrelationships between coastal and marine natural resources and humans and communities. The focus of this course will be to critically examine the extent to which co-management and other alternative community-based strategies provide a viable approach to marine management. Studies of such efforts from around the world, in different social and cultural contexts, will be critically examined to determine costs and benefits, the opportunities for and barriers to their implementation, and the conditions necessary for the development for sustainable, community-based coastal management systems. 

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Marine Protected Area Management 

15.02.2021 - 26.02.2021 

University Centre of the Westfjords, Iceland 

Elective Course 

The class addresses the issues, challenges and opportunities related to the management of coastal and marine resources through a focus on the design, implementation and evaluation of marine protected areas. Worldwide, marine protected areas are being seen as both necessary and appropriate in addressing anthropogenic impacts resulting from human use and overuse, of the marine ecosystems, including commercial and recreational fishing, marine transportation, off-shore development related to oil and gas resources, mineral extraction and renewable energy, land-based sources of pollution, and global climate change. Students will be given the opportunity to learn about how marine protected areas managers are confronting these challenges, and develop a practical understanding of the tools managers use, and acquire some understanding of what challenges have yet to be effectively met. 

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Coastal Studies Master Programme

August 2019 - August 2020
University Centre of the Westfjords, Iceland

The master's program in Coastal and Marine Management introduces students to various methods for managing marine and coastal areas, based on economic, social, and environmental considerations.

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Sea and society masters programme

Fall 2019 - Fall 2021
University of Gothenburg (SE)

The university of Gothenburg is organising a new interdisciplinary, 2-year master program about the sea and society. This program and the courses are for students of all disciplines interested in how the human society is linked to the marine environment and ecosystem. The program will be offered at the University of Gothenburg in the fall of 2019.

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Master of Arts in Ocean Governance

October 2018 - October 2019
International Ocean Institute & Unversity of Malta (MT)

This postgraduate programme aims to forge a knowledge base that is essentially legal but which also delves into the natural and social sciences to determine how an effective regulatory framework should operate; it serves to further enhance the development of learning and research in the field of marine resource management and maritime security from a multidisciplinary perspective. The programme is delivered annually over 13 months, commencing each October. It is coordinated by the Environmental and Resources Department within the Faculty of Laws of the University of Malta, and is supported by the Department of International Law, the Institute of Earth Systems, the Department of Biology (Faculty of Science), the Faculty of Economics, Management & Accountancy, and the International Ocean Institute.

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Marine Science and Management master

March / July 2019 - September / December 2020
Sydney Institute of Marine Science (AUS), University of Technology Sydney (AUS), Macquarie University (AUS), University of New South Wales (AUS)

The new Sydney Marine Science and Management Program offers a unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge in a range of marine science and management disciplines including the science and management of coasts, marine ecology and conservation, coral reefs, climate change, oceanography and engineering. The aim of the program is to equip you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to work in the multidisciplinary field of marine science.

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Double Degree Master Programme 'Water and Coastal Management'

September 2018 - September 2020
Carl-von-Ossietzky-University Oldenburg (DE), University of Groningen (NL)

Global changes ask for a comprehensive scientific approach, an international multidisciplinary orientation and require a new mind-set towards water and coastal management problems. In response to these challenges and to provide an inspiring atmosphere for the development of an academic and professional career, the unique Double Degree Master (DDM) program 'Water and Coastal Management', merging the strongest expertise of the two partner-universities, the University of Groningen and Carl-von-Ossietzky-University Oldenburg, was designed.

Taught by outstanding experts highly conversant with environmental, socio-economic, and spatial sciences, you will be trained to manage the water and coastal resources of future societies in a sustainable way. The University of Oldenburg gives you the opportunity to learn about the marine environment and sustainable management; the University of Groningen offers its outstanding knowledge on spatial science, in particular water management and environmental and infrastructure planning. The ability to integrate both makes the successful student an expert in water and coastal management.

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Marine Planning and Management MSc

September 2018 - September 2019
University of Liverpool (UK)

This multidisciplinary programme is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills required to take up the exciting job opportunities arising from the recent adoption of marine spatial planning and related developments in marine conservation and the maritime industries. This programme leads to the award of a Master of Science degree.  It is a full-time, one-year course, though it is also possible to study part-time over two years, combining studies with other responsibilities.  This is the first programme of its kind to be accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute as a specialist Masters course.  Gaining the degree is a step towards professional membership of the Institute.

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Marine Planning for Sustainable Development, MSc/Diploma

September 2018 - September 2019
Orkney, UK

Marine planning, including spatial planning, is a fast developing discipline of global interest with excellent employment prospects. Ambition to create jobs and growth in the ‘Blue Economy’ is made real by new technologies giving access to the wealth of resources in the oceans and seas. New approaches are needed to govern the interactions among marine industries while maintaining the aspiration for healthy seas and the conservation of ecosystems. Adaptation to the effects of climate change adds to the importance of marine planning as an essential tool in marine management. The Orkney campus provides a unique concentration of marine expertise and activity provides students with unparalleled access to key participants in the sustainable development and planning of marine industries.

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Strategic Partnership for Marine Spatial Planning

The Strategic Partnership for Marine Spatial Planning (SP-MSP) is a cooperation that addresses current issues in the emerging field of marine / maritime spatial planning (MSP). The project involves partners from research and administrative organisations, as well as experts on MSP. The overall aim is to reach a common understanding and transdisciplinary approaches on a transnational level for higher education.

The project wants to develop a common European education agenda exemplified for the north Atlantic, North Sea and Baltic Sea region. At the same time, we aim to promote transnational cooperation in MSP education.

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