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  • Welcome

    Dear candidate, welcome!

    The international Master’s degree in Marine Sciences is offered jointly by the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy and The Maldives National University. The course provides with the skills to conceive solutions and develop strategies to solve marine and coastal areas problematic issues. In particular, the student will be prepared to study and 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 (socio-economic and legal fields), for a policy of sustainable management and protection from anthropogenic risks in oceanic and coastal environments.

    The access to the course is based on the following admission criteria:

    - Bachelor’s Degree at MNQF level 7 OR level 8 in marine sciences or a related field (The Maldives national qualifications framework).

    - Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences, Natural Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Geology or related fields (International). Graduates with a high level of competence, but whose background is not entirely consistent with the requirements, may be admitted to an assessment test, to be held online. The selection committee will evaluate the education of the candidates in considering their admission to the program.

    Language requirements: applicants must have a knowledge of English language at B2 level (or higher) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The requirement is met when applicants have a B2 level certificate issued by recognized institutions (for a full list list of certificates recognized by our University, please download the pdf file published at OR have obtained a Bachelor’s degree taught in English. Applicants who neither possess a valid English language certificate nor have obtained a Bachelor’s degree taught in English can meet the requirement by passing an exam at our University (free) before admission.

    Lessons will be taught in English. After completion of the first common teachings, students can choose among three different tracks: ENVIRONMENT, BIO-ECOLOGY and HUMAN GEOGRAPHY. During the course, non-Italian students will be required to pass an Italian level B1, administered by the University of Milano-Bicocca (free).

    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.

    The Master’s degree in Marine Sciences entitles to apply for admission in second level Masters or PhD schools.

    If you believe in the sea and want it to become your future job, apply now at Marine Sciences post-graduate degree!

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    Admission results

    Admitted candidates - first semester 2019-2020

    Admitted candidates have to enroll on Segreterie OnLine. 

    Lessons for first year students start on October 8th

    • How to be admitted

      How to be admitted

      Applicants to the Master’s Degree in Marine Sciences - Scienze Marine must possess a first-level, three-year (Bachelor’s) university degree or diploma, or a recognized qualification from a non-Italian institution.

      More specifically, admission to the Master’s Degree course in Marine Sciences - Scienze Marine providing specialist knowledge and skills is subject to applicants being in possession of at least 18 credits (CFUs) testifying to a basic grounding in the following disciplines:

      -     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).

      International students will be evaluated on the basis of their academic record in above mentioned subjects.

      Candidate selection will be made on the basis of the applicants’ CV and an interview whose procedures will be established by the Course Board and published on the University website.

      If, at the conclusion of the interview, the candidate is accepted for the course, a training path considered most suitable will be suggested.

      The English language skills - equal to a B2 level - of candidates must also be certified by the University or an institution accredited by the University.

      Admission process

      Assessment of applicants’ suitability to attend the course will be carried out by means of a written examination and an interview to evaluate their basic knowledge of geology, biology, chemistry and geography, all necessary prerequisites to complete the proposed course successfully. The preliminary exam and interview are also an opportunity to indicate areas requiring further study, and suggest personalized remedial study plans. Should candidates have significant knowledge gaps, they will be advised on the particular subjects/exams requiring further study in order to be accepted on the Master’s Course. Both the written examination and interview will be conducted in English. 

      Admission test: dates and details

      The interview and the computer-based test (multiple choice questionnaire) will take place: 

      (For bachelor graduation or career assessment obtained by December 20th 2019. Applications: from April 15th to September 9th 2019)

      Monday, May 13th  2019 – 11.30 am local time  (Only for extra-UE candidates who apply by May 9th)

      Friday, September 13th 2019 – 11.30 am local time  

      WHERE? The test will take place in the room LAB716, Building U7, via Bicocca degli Arcimboldi 6 - 20126 Milano

      (For bachelor graduation or career assessment obtained by February 28th 2020. Applications: from January 8th to January 20th 2020)

      Monday, February 3rd 2020 – 11.30 a.m. local time 

      WHERE? The test will take place in the room LAB716, Building U7, via Bicocca degli Arcimboldi 6 - 20126 Milano

      The computer-based test will consist of 15 multiple-choice questions (5 for each field) aimed at the self-assessment of the knowledge of basic concepts in the fields of Environment, Bioecology and Human Geography.

      Candidates are requested to auto-asses their education background. If necessary, they can fill their gaps in one or more of the three fields using the following list of recommended readings.

      EnvironmentIntroducing Geomorphology : A Guide to Landforms and Processes, Adrian Harvey; or Introducing Geology: A Guide to the World of Rocks, G. Park

      BioecologyMarine Ecology,Kaiser et al.

      Human Geography:  Human Geography", Bjelland, Montello, Fellman, Getis, only Cap 1 (Introduction) and Cap 13 (Human Impact on the Environment).

      For foreign applicants who need an entry visa the computer-based test can be taken online.

      • Register to the Course

        If you believe in your passion for the sea and want it to become your future job opportunity,


        If you wish to enroll at the University of Milano-Bicocca, and specifically at Marine Sciences post-graduate degree, there is a specific procedure to follow which depends on your nationality and qualifications.


        • Graduate students, or students who will obtain their degree within the 21st of December 2019, must apply from the 15th of April to the 9th of September 2019. For such students assessment tests and interviews will be held on the 13th of September 2019 at 11:30 am local time. A special day for assessment tests and interviews is earmarked on the 13th of May 2019 at 11:30 am local time for extra-UE candidates who apply by the 9th of May 2019.
        • Students who will obtain their degree by the 28th of February 2020, will be able to apply from the 8th to the 20th of January 2020. For such students assessment test and interviews will be held on the 2nd of February 2020, at 11:30 am local time.


        (please, check out here whether new requirements apply, or write to


        1. copy of the degree required for admission (in Italian or English)
        2. transcript of records (in Italian or English)
        3. translation in Italian or English, if the degree and/or transcript are issued in other languages
        4. Diploma Supplement, Dichiarazione di Valore in loco or CIMEA’s Statement of comparability of foreign qualifications, if already held by the candidate during the on line application
        5. any other documents held by the candidate that are useful to assess the degree (e.g. Syllabus)


        • “Dichiarazione di Valore” (issued by the Italian Embassy/Consulate in the country in which the degree was issued), or Diploma Supplement or CIMEA’s Statement of comparability of foreign qualifications.

        IMPORTANT: European students can replace documents listed at points 1 and 2 with a self-certifcation in Italian or English language.

        • English Certificate


          Access to the Master’s Degree is subject to the possession of specific curricular requirements (indicated in Art. 5 of the Teaching Regulations) and to the adequacy of the preparation staff checked in accordance with the provisions of art. 6 of the Teaching Regulations.

          It is also required to possess an English language certificate, issued by the University or accredited by the University, at least at level B2. For the purposes of enrollment, the student must declare during the online application that he/she has no English B2 certification and wishes to take the exam at University of Milan-Bicocca. To be eligible for the exam, you must have a valid identity document. Those who have obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English are exempt from attending language certification. Those who do not possess an English language certification can take the exam at:

          University of Milano-Bicocca
          Room 732, third floor, building U7
          Via Bicocca degli Arcimboldi, 8 – 20126 Milano.

          The exam will be taken on:

          For applications received by May 9th 2019: 

          May 10th 2019 (h. 10 am)

          For applications received by September 9th 2019: 

          July 4th 2019 (h. 2 pm)

          September 12th 2019 (h. 11 am)

          For applications received by January 20th 2020: 

          January 22nd 2020 (h. 10 am)

          If your documents are ready, please go to this page for registration: Online Student Registry.

          After registration you must continue to “assessment test” and follow the instructions.

          If you are an Italian student, please follow this link: Segreterie Online.