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  • Dear candidate, welcome!

    The international Master’s degree in Marine Sciences is a 2-year joint Degree Programme (120 ECTS) offered jointly by the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy, and the Maldives National University. 

    The MSc Degree Programme entails 11 exams (72 ECTS, 8 exams in the first year and 3 in the second one). The remaining credits are obtained through other learning activities, such as internship (4 ETCS), further linguistic knowledge (4 ECTS), educational activities "To be chosen by the student" (12 ETCS) and final examination (28 ECTS). Teaching language is English.

    The international MSc Program in Marine Sciences will allow the student to develop their skills in one of the following learning areas: 1) BIO-ECOLOGICAL; 2) GEO-ENVIRONMENTAL; 3) GEOGRAPHICAL AND LEGAL

    Students can acquire theoretical knowledge and practical experience on the following subjects: 1) natural resources (management of reserves and protected areas, programs for tourism cultural training); 2) coastal protection (regional planning, advisory services on coastal erosion, prevention of biodiversity loss due to anthropogenic impacts); 3) fisheries and aquaculture (provision of expert consultancy services on fishing activities and fish farming); 4) maritime spatial planning: advisory services on natural, social, legal and regional planning issues.

    Students develop skills to conceive solutions and develop strategies in order to tackle and manage environmental issues in marine and coastal areas. In particular, the student will be able to study and to analyse: a) natural processes and related risks, with reference to the marine ecosystem (chemical, biological, ecological, earth sciences fields); b) human interactions with the marine system (socioeconomic and legal fields), for a policy of sustainable management and protection from anthropogenic risks in oceanic and coastal environments.

    Careers are highly varied and may include marine agriculture, conservation practise, environmental monitoring and consultancy. They may also include policy-making and legislation for agencies and local government, journal editing and scientific writing, or laboratory research. The Master’s Degree Programme in Marine Sciences entitles to apply for admission in second level Masters or PhD schools.

    Faculty will give face to face or video lectures; regardless of whether students attend class on-campus or remotely, a technology platform will allow them to follow and download lessons, read Syllabi, submit questions, take part in didactic chat rooms.
    Each student will have access to library services, including lending of books, databases for scientific consultation, articles downloading, and much more.

    If you believe in the sea and want it to become your future job, apply now!


  • HOW TO BE ADMITTED

    To be eligible for admission to the MSc Degree Programme in Marine Sciences – Scienze Marine, applicants must fulfil some curricolar requirements and attend an interview to assess their personal educational background.


    Curricular requirements:
    On the basis of the documentation submitted by each candidate, the Admission Committee, appointed by the MSc Degree’s Teaching Council, will verify the possession of the following curricular requirements:

    - a Bachelor's Degree (or three-year university diploma), or a foreign diploma recognised as appropriate by the University in compliance with ministerial regulations and the bilateral agreements in force;

    - at least a total amount of 18 CFUs among the following subjects:
    Chemistry and allied areas (CHIM/01, CHIM/02, CHIM/03, CHIM/06),
    Biology and allied areas (BIO/01, BIO/05),
    Earth Sciences (GEO/04, GEO/07),
    Ecology and allied areas (BIO/03, BIO/07)

    - English proficiency qualification not lower than level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

    Please, register and apply for admission on the Milano-Bicocca Online Student Registry.


    Admission interview:
    Applicants, who meet the above curricular requirements, will be required to undergo an interview designed to assess their basic knowledge and skills in geology, biology, chemistry and geography. The interview is in English.


    Eligible candidates will receive the details of the interview via email.


    Candidates living at a distance of at least 100 km away from the Milano-Bicocca University, those being off-site for proven study or work activities or unable to attend the interview for medical reasons as well as foreign candidates may ask the Admission Committee for a remote interview, by videoconference. 

    Candidates should consider their education background. If necessary, they can fill their gaps in one or more of the three fields using the following recommended readings:

    - Environment: Introducing Geomorphology : A Guide to Landforms and Processes, Adrian Harvey; or Introducing Geology: A Guide to the World of Rocks, G. Park
    - Bioecology: Marine Ecology, Kaiser et al.
    - Human Geography:  Human Geography", Bjelland, Montello, Fellman, Getis, only Cap 1 (Introduction) and Cap 13 (Human Impact on the Environment).

    In the days following the interview, the admitted candidates list will be posted on the webpage of the Master’s Degree Programme.


    Dates & Deadlines

    APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION - PERIOD: 

    FIRST WINDOW:

    • Admission interviews on September 14th-15th 2023 (for all other candidates), if you apply for admission from July 14th to September 4th, 2023

    SECOND WINDOW:

    • Admission interviews on February 16th 2024, if you apply for admission from January 9th to 26th, 2024


    When you are ready, please register and apply for admission on the Milano-Bicocca Online Student Registry.

  • English proficiency qualification - level B2 (or higher)


    While you are submitting your admission application, you must upload your English B2 qualification, issued by our University or an University-accredited InstitutionOpen this document with ReadSpeaker docReader
    If you have got a Bachelor’s degree from an international undergraduate program taught in English, your English B2 qualification is not necessary.

    If you haven't got an English B2 qualification, you can take it at Milano-Bicocca University.


    How to do it?
    While filling out the admission application in the Online Student Registry, you will need to upload the Bicocca English Test - REQUEST FORM, correctly filled out and signed, in place of your English B2 qualification.

    You will be then contacted (a few days before the admission interview) by our Language Secretariat who will notify you of the test date.


  • ENROLMENT


    Enrolment will be possible starting from the day after the list of admitted candidates is published.

    FIRST APPLICATION PERIOD:

    Students must enrol by October 27th, 2023 via Online Student Registry.

    Graduand students expecting to achieve their academic qualification by December 22nd 2023 must enrol by October 27th 2023. Their new academic career will only be effective after graduation.

    Graduand students from other Italian Universities are required to self-certify their degree after graduation by sending the “Personal Sworn Declaration of University enrolment, qualifications, exams” to segr.studenti.scienze@unimib.it, with an identity document scan, by January 15th 2024. The form can be downloaded from the following page: SUBSTITUTIVE DECLARATION OF CERTIFICATION OF UNIVERSITY ENROLMENT – GRADUATION – PASSED EXAMS.

    Graduand students from the University of Milano-Bicocca must in any case enrol by October 27th 2023, their Master's Degree career will be automatically activated at the end of their three-year degree programme.

    Graduand students from foreign universities must enrol no later than October 27th 2023. After graduation, as soon as possible, they will have to send to segr.studenti.scienze@unimib.it a copy of their bachelor’s degree and a scanned identity document.
     


    SECOND APPLICATION PERIOD:
    Students must enrol by March 8th, 2024 via Online Student Registry.

    Graduand students’ career will be activated after graduation.

    Graduand students from other Italian Universities are required to self-certify their degree after graduation by sending the “Personal Sworn Declaration of University enrolment, qualifications, exams” to segr.studenti.scienze@unimib.it, together with a scanned identity document, by March 15th, 2024. The form can be downloaded from the following page: SUBSTITUTIVE DECLARATION OF CERTIFICATION OF UNIVERSITY ENROLMENT – GRADUATION – PASSED EXAMS.

    Graduand students from the University of Milano-Bicocca must in any case enrol by March 8th 2024, their Master's Degree career will be automatically activated at the end of their three-year degree program.

    Graduand students from foreign universities must enrol no later than March 8th 2024. After graduation, as soon as possible, they will have to send to segr.studenti.scienze@unimib.it a copy of their bachelor’s degree and a scanned identity document.


  • ATTENTION!!!

    ONLY FOR CANDIDATES APPLYING VISA:

    1) Non-EU students have to register and apply for admission via the Online Student Registry of the University of Milano-Bicocca

    2) As soon as they have registered and applied for admission via the Online Student Registry, they have to pre-enroll on the ministerial Universitaly portalThis latter is a mandatory procedure if you want to get visa!!!!


    BEWARE!!!
    Non-EU students have to upload on the ministerial Universitaly portal exactly the same papers they have submitted in the Online Student Registry.
    Moreover, non-EU students have to enter exactly the same personal data in both the Milano Bicocca Online Student Registry and the ministerial Universitaly portal.

    BE CAREFUL!! Non-EU students must enter their first and family name as it appears on their passport. If there is a middle name, insert it along with the first one.

    General information about non-EU candidates applying Visa are published here: https://en.unimib.it/education/how-enrol/students-needing-study-visa

    APPLICATION BY CANDIDATES WITH A FOREIGN DEGREE:
    1. High school Diploma (in the original language);
    2. First level degree certification (in the original language, if the academic title is achieved); 3. Transcript of records with marks and credits (in the original language);
    4. Official translation of the documents listed in previous points (1-2-3) into Italian or English if issued in a language other than Italian, English, Spanish or French;
    5. Any document held by candidates deemed useful to assess the academic eligibility for the selected Master’s degree programme (e.g. programs of the exams, i. e. Syllabus);
    6. Statement of Comparability issued by CIMEA (it can be requested here: MyDiplome);
    7. B2 level English certification

    Documents listed under points 1-2-3-4-5-7 MUST be uploaded in the Online Student Registry during the application procedure. The expected document at point 6, if not uploaded during application, must be sent to the Welcome Desk (welcome.desk@unimib.it) within 45 days from the enrolment date.


    If your papers are ready, please register and apply for admission via Online Student Registry.

    After having applied on the Milano-Bicocca Online Registry, please remember to pre-enroll on the ministerial Universitaly portal if you need visa.