MSc Erasmus Mundus in Water and Coastal Management (WACOMA)

General information

The curricular programme is integrated and includes modules offered by all the Universities in the consortium. The Msc WACOMA is a 24 month programme (120 ECTS credits). Master students will have to complete 120 ECTS to be awarded the MSc WACOMA and at least 30 of those ECTS must be taken in a second EU Institution at a different European country of the consortium.

Semester 1: students will begin at the University of Bologna where there will be a core programme of 30 ECTS offered to all students. There will be no options in this core and it will prepare the students for all the subsequent option modules and for their dissertation phase.

Semester 2: for the second period the students will move to the University of Cádiz where a range of optional modules will be available to enable the students to specialise in their main area of interest. The modules offered will be provided by experts from our wide network of European and International Partners and will be organised into subject specific clusters to ensure the modules offered each year address an appropriate range of topics. 

Semesters 3 & 4: On completion of the taught modules the students will progress to their dissertation during the second year (60ECTS credits) at any of the 6 partner institutions: University of Algarve, Portugal, University of Bologna, Italy; University of Cadiz, Spain; University of Ningbo, China; University of Santa Cecilia, Brazil and the Russian State Hydrometeorological University, Russia. Master Students can conduct their dissertation period in collaboration with any of the associated partners, always in collaboration and co-supervised by one professor from any of the Consortium Universities. 

Projects and Activities implemented by the WACOMA Consortium

The curricular programme is integrated and includes modules offered by all the Universities in the consortium. The Msc WACOMA is a 24 month programme (120 ECTS credits)

1st Year - Academic Course.

1st Semester: from September, ("n" year) to February ("n year +1"). 6 months at the University of Bologna, Italy. It will be conducted different Compulsory modules focused on Freshwater, environmental economics, and social sciences to award 30 COMPULSORY ECTS credits by the master students.

2nd Semester: from March ("n year +1") to August ("n year +1). 6 months at the University of Cádiz, Spain. It is composed by OPTIONAL modules to be selected by the master students. It is offered up to 90 ECTS credits to be selected by the master students in all of the three general matters included in the master: Freshwater, General Environment and Coastal to complete the required 30ECTS credits in this period.

2nd Year - Research Phase.

From September ("n year +1) to August ("n year +2"). To conduct the research period at any of the 6 partner institutions: University of Algarve, Portugal, University of Bologna, Italy; University of Cadiz, Spain; University of Ningbo, China; University of Santa Cecilia, Brazil and the Russian State Hydrometeorological University, Russia. Master Students can conduct their dissertation period in collaboration with any of the associated partners, always in collaboration and co-supervised by one professor from any of the Consortium Universities. This period is worthy 60 ECTS credits.

The research and professional activities is worth 60 ECTS and will be undertaken after the first year performed in Bologna and Cadiz. Students will be encouraged to work on their dissertation in advance of this, preparing their proposal and undertaking background research, but the bulk of work will be in the last year. Also, different experience and professional activities can be developed at any of the institutions of the consortium and associated members if the students ask for it and always under the actions of the different dissertation lines. A very wide range of study areas will be available reflecting the range of expertise at the consortium and associated members. One student can select one research line proposed by one of the main HEIs in the consortium but he/she can conduct the dissertation period not only in this institution but visiting others related. The selection and mobility will be approved and monitorize by the board of local coordinators.

Master students will have to complete 120 ECTS to be awarded the MSc WACOMA and at least 30 of those ECTS must be taken in a second EU Institution at a different European country of the consortium. Students will begin at the University of Bologna where there will be a core programme of 30 ECTS offered to all students. There will be no options in this core and it will prepare the students for all the subsequent option modules and for their dissertation phase. For the second period the students will move to the University of Cádiz where a range of optional modules will be available to enable the students to specialise in their main area of interest. The modules offered will be provided by experts from our wide network of European and International Partners and will be organised into subject specific clusters to ensure the modules offered each year address an appropriate range of topics. On completion of the taught modules the students will progress to their dissertation during the second year (60ECTS credits) at any one of the consortium partners. Students may also work in collaboration with many of our contacts associated with existing research projects on water and coastal issues or working independently – they will always have a consortium supervisor responsible for providing support, guidance and final assessment.

Objective:

The ultimate goal of the Erasmus Mundus Master in Water and Coastal Management (WACOMA) is the integration of social and natural sciences for proper water and coastal management. After finishing this programme the students will have acquired the necessary knowledge to become highly qualified managers and researchers for Integrated Coastal Zone Management. 

Contact Person: Dr. D. Ángel del Valls Casillas (Programme Coordinator) (agua.mundus@uca.es)

Content

The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0511 - Biology", "0521 - Ecology", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management", "0312 - Policy and governance

Venue

Venue: University of Cadiz
Cadiz, Spain

Application

Open from
1 May 2017 to 1 Sep 2017

Cost:

Administration Fees for Category A candidates (Non-European Students):

  • First Academic year. Academic Course:  8.000 €
  • Second Year. Research Period:  8.000 €

TOTAL COST: 16.000 €

Administration Fees for Category B candidates (European Students):

  • First Academic year. Academic Course: 4.000 €
  • Second Year. Research Period: 4.000 €

TOTAL COST: 8.000 €


Prerequisites:

This masters program is open to candidates with both European and non-European university degrees and candidates who do not have any qualifications but have relevant professional experience in the field of water and coastal management. The following will be taken into consideration for the selection process:

• English language proficiency certificates:Possible examples include GCSE, AS Level, A Level, IB, TOEFL scores paper 575 / computer 232, Cambridge Proficiency Certificate level 4- 5, Oxford Higher Certificate, International Certificate Conference (ICC Stage 3 Technical), IELTS scores 6.5.
• Motivation and potential
• The applicant's prior skills will be assessed with respect to those offered by the master 
• Recommendations letter; at least two letters of recommendation are required for each applicant


Application Procedure:

Admission Period: from May till September every year. The requirements for the selection process will be the following:

  • Passport, DNI or National Identity Card
  • CV (English)
  • Degree and Academic Records
  • Motivation Letter and Personal Statement
  • English Language Certificate (Candidates are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Possible examples include GCSE, AS Level, A Level, IB, TOEFL scores paper 575 / computer 232, Cambridge Proficiency Certificate level 4- 5, Oxford Higher Certificate, International Certificate Conference (ICC Stage 3 Technical), IELTS scores 6.5.)
  • Two Reference Letters (addressed to Wacoma Consortium)

After the selection process, the WACOMA Consortium will accept the enrollment of the master candidates from July till September, every year.

You need to complete the online application form. First of all, you must create an account for the registration to the website and for the login. From this moment it’s possible to access to the practice. Complete the application form and send it by e-mail as an attachment to the secretary:agua.mundus@uca.es. The requirements for the selection process will be the following:

  • Passport, DNI or National Identity Card
  • CV (English)
  • Degree and Academic Records
  • Motivation Letter and Personal Statement
  • English Language Certificate
  • Two Reference Letters (addressed to Wacoma Consortium)

Admission Period: from May till September every year.

WACOMA. Selection Process.

The Selection Committee, designated by the Consortium, consists of a minimum of 1 member of staff from each institution, including the coordinators at each institution and invited board chosen to balance the different disciplines being considered. The selection committee organises a confidential, fair and equitable evaluation of each proposal according to the criteria applicable, in full respect of the relevant procedures, rules and regulations. They ensure that the process runs smoothly and fairly, that access to the information pertaining to proposals is strictly controlled and that the most efficient use is made of the time of all concerned.

Evaluation Criteria.

The procedure of the evaluation process is based on the Marie-Curie European Integration Fellowships. The steps are Eligibility Check, Individual Evaluation Monitoring Statistics, Consensus and finally Ranking. The procedure is designed to allow the evaluators to identify and select highly qualified and motivated graduates. It is a competitive process based on the documented academic performance and credentials of the applicants. The consortium only selects high-quality students, (threshold for each criterion is 5).

The Criteria that are evaluated are (scores 0-5 for each category):

1.Quality of Previous Qualifications: Appropriate background such as Ocean Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Hydrology, Geographical Sciences, Biological Sciences and related Master degrees. Candidates are required to submit Transcripts of supporting documents such as first degree and Master. Qualifications maybe cross-checked with universities and by consulting the ENIC –NARIC network. Documentation also includes transcript of records, and publications if applicable.

2.Proficiency in languages of the consortium, particularly English: Candidates are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Possible examples include GCSE, AS Level, A Level, IB, TOEFL scores paper 575 / computer 232, Cambridge Proficiency Certificate level 4- 5, Oxford Higher Certificate, International Certificate Conference (ICC Stage 3 Technical), IELTS scores 6.5. The proficiency in other languages will be an added value in the selection procedure and it will be assessed during the procedure.

3.Motivation and Potential: benefit to the researcher from the Ph.D. programme. Potential for the development of the candidate is based on the Motivation Statement by the Candidate and the likelihood that the candidate will pursue a career of research or management in the field, at the end of the Ph.D. Programme.

4.Suitability: Match between the candidate’s profile and the Ph.D. is based on the Suitability of skills for the Masters using the C.V. and personal statement of the student. Appropriate professional experience of candidates with non-standard academic backgrounds (e.g. subjects not listed in A above) is evaluated.

5.Recommendations: this is based on the evaluation forms returned by the two referees.


Grant Opportunities:

Scholarships are available for the following categories:

  • Category A- Erasmus Mundus Candidates: Students from developing countries outside of Europe.
  • Category B- European Mundus Candidates: European students can also opt for grants from the European Union.

The online application will be open from October, 1st to December, 31st, 2015.

Qualification

Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

Credits:
Scheme: 
ECTS
Value: 
120
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