Maritime Spatial Planning (Erasmus Mundus Master Course)

Spain, Portugal, Italy
Training Provider(s): 
University Iuav of Venice, University of Seville, University of Azores

Provider: University Iuav of Venice, Italy (coordinator), University of Seville (Spain), University of Azores (Portugal). A Consortium of public and private partners support the delivery of EMMCMSP activities. (See details at

Contact: Elena Gissi, elena.gissi [at]; Francesco Musco, Francesco.musco [at]; Juan L. Suárez de Vivero; vivero [at]; Helena Calado, calado [at]; Secretariat: Susanna Scarpa and Maria Gatto, erasmusmundus.msp [at]

Learning objective: The aim of the EMMCMSP is to prepare students to become specialists – providing a multi-disciplinary background – to enable them to operate both in public institutions as well as independent professionals or researchers. As specialists they will have the know-how in planning, in designing and evaluating projects and policies, which consider terrestrial, coastal and marine dimensions. In addition, the course will provide the ability to manage decision processes towards an adaptive and integrated approach.

Structure and content: EMMCMSP is a two-year advanced professional master program whose contents are organized around 9 modules. Courses and learning objectives are structured on the modules per each semester. Modules are as follows: Maritime Planning Experiences: issues and lessons (MPEs), Legal frames: law, rules and regulations for maritime planning, programming, and management (LAW), Maritime geography and ecumene ocean (GEO); Marine and coastal environment (ENV), Spatial analysis, mapping and modelling through Geographical Information Systems and new technologies (GIS), Uses and activities: resources, marine use patterns and environmental changes (USES), Scenarios and strategies of integrated planning (STRATEGIES), Internship (INTERNSHIP), Design for maritime environments: methods and techniques (THESIS LAB).

About Master Course layout and mobility: The First Term, titled “MSP, principles and issues”, takes place in Seville from September to March. The Second Term, titled “Environments and geographies”, take place at the Universidade dos Açores from March to August. The Third Term, from September to March, is dedicated to students’ individual internships which take place in different countries. The Fourth Term, titled “Planning for sustainable use of marine spaces”, takes place in University Iuav of Venice from March to August.

Target audience: Candidates with a bachelor (or 3-years equivalent education) in Architecture, Planning, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Engineering (logistics and transports, management, environmental), Economy and Political Sciences, Biology, Law, Information technologies and Communications. Candidate also need to provide an official proofs of English language proficiency. English language tests accepted are: TOEFL score of minimum 550 (or equivalent) ; IELTS (required overall score of at least 6,5); University of Cambridge (“Certificate of Proficiency in English” or “Certificate in Advanced English”). Other official proof could be admitted,at least according to the C1 level of the European reference scheme for language skills.

Format: In person

Type of course: 2 years Master course

Number of participants: 30 participants

Costs and conditions for participating: (For year 2016) Non-European Partner country students: EUR 2.600 per semester, EUR 10.400 total for 2yr MSc; European Programme country students: EUR 1.900 per semester: EUR 7.600 total for 2yr MSc. Participation costs will be revised each year by the Management Board, as well as the participation fee. Visa costs and resident permit are not included in the participation costs, since they are usually individually charged directly by the Embassies.

Duration: 2 years

Frequency: Each year

Upcoming dates: 

Regions/countries where offered: See above

Available trainers per region (names, contact information): See above