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Master's degree in Biological Aquatic Resources

InformationCourse/CS accredited by the Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES).

Portugal has a strong connection with the Aquatic Environment, from an urban, recreational, industrial, or economic point of view. Our Exclusive Economic Zone is the largest in the EU and an important part of the population lives on the coastline or around the main river basins.

The Aquatic Environment is, admittedly, a relevant source of wealth, but it is subject to intense environmental pressure resulting from demographic and industrial development. This ecosystem is subject to strong pressure on biological resources, which it is important to know how to manage and exploit in an environmentally sustainable way, based on scientific criteria, in order to contribute to Blue Growth and thus increase value creation and sustainable growth in the economy Portuguese blue.

The Masters essentially covers the following topics: Aquaculture; Aquatic Biology; Biodiversity of Aquatic Organisms; Dynamics of Aquatic Populations; Aquatic Ecology; Ecotoxicology; Aquatic Ecosystem Management; Environmental impact; Biological Water Quality; Fisheries.


Train technicians specialized in proper management, exploration, and preservation of the aquatic ecosystem. The Master is specially designed for biologists and graduates in related fields, who wish to improve their knowledge and skills in various aspects related to the aquatic ecosystem, in order to ensure its preservation and sustainable exploitation of resources, and thus contribute to the creation of value and sustainable growth in the Blue Economy.

Admissions Requirements

Holders of a degree in Biology or related fields;
Hold a foreign higher education degree in Biology or related fields;
Hold a school, scientific or professional curriculum that the Scientific Committee of the Course recognizes as sufficient to certify the ability to undertake this cycle of studies. For applicants not holding the degree at the date of application but able to complete it by the date of enrollment in the study cycle, evidence should be provided of the average of the grades at the date of application as well as of the course units missing to obtain the Bachelor's degree. Other graduates may still be admitted, provided that their curriculum demonstrates adequate basic scientific preparation.

Note: All applicants who do not prove that they have completed their degree (or equivalent) by the end of the registration period will be excluded.

Criteria for Selection and Ranking

The ranking will be done according to the following criteria and sub-criteria:

  1. Academic curriculum (70%)
    • Subcriterion 1: Formation area (10%)
    • Subcriterion 2: normalized grade of degree (60%)

    The adjusted grade is obtained by normalising the grade to the 0-20 scale, adding the value of ln(R/r), and rounding to the nearest integer in the 0-20 scale, with ln expressing the natural logarithm and R and r being, respectively for the University of Porto and the university issuing the degree, the positions in the world ranking published in http://www.webometrics.info

  2. Scientific curriculum and professional experience (30%)
    • Subcriterion 1: Journal publications and Conference Communications (10%)
    • Subcriterion 2: participation in research projects, internships in the area of study cycle or other relevant professional experience (10%)
    • Subcriterion 3: Training actions in the scientific area of the Master (10%)

Criteria for breaking ties:

  1. Normalized degree classification
  2. grade of scientific curriculum and professional experience
  3. grade of the Master's Degree Internship in the scientific area
  4. younger candidate



Course Director: m.rba.diretor@fc.up.pt
Postgraduate Section: pos.graduacao@fc.up.pt
Students: m.rba@fc.up.pt

This information is provided strictly for informational purposes
and does not preclude consultation of the Official Gazette.

General information

Official Code: 6232
Director: Aires Oliva Teles
Acronym: M:RBA
Academic Degree: Master
Type of course/cycle of study: Masters Degree
Start: 2007/2008
Duration: 2 Years

Study Plan


  • Master's degree in Biological Aquatic Resources (120 ECTS credits)
  • Specialization in Biological Aquatic Resources (60 ECTS credits)

Predominant Scientific Areas

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