The Marine and Coastal Systems master programme (MaCS - SIMCO) integrates knowledge using an interdisciplinary approach. It focuses on the study of processes operating within the coastal and marine systems, subject to complex geological, physical, chemical, biological and social forcings.

Teaching methods

  • Taught modules, core and optional
  • Research training modules
  • Field work and field visits (more than 50h) and use of field equipment
  • Laboratory work (more than  200h) and use of extensive laboratory facilities and equipment
  • Science communication in seminars
  • Scientific diving (optional)

Learning outcomes, skills and competences

Capacity to assess of Human and natural forcings on coastal and marine systems based on:

  • Strong foundation in the Marine Sciences, including biology, chemistry, physics, and geological aspects of marine/coastal systems.
  • Ability to integrate knowledge and skills from all areas of study to address interdisciplinary problems and climate change challenges.

Critical and analytical thinking skills:

 Define procedures, operations and techniques for problem solving

  • Evaluate environmental risks
  • Evaluate the trophic state of waters

Demonstrate ability and proficiency in quantitative skills:

  • Model waves, tides and currents
  • Model coastal and marine systems
  • Process oceanographic data
  • Elaborate and analyze submarine mapping
  • Elaborate programs of environmental monitoring
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form to convey scientific knowledge and results to peers, and public domain
  • Ability to independently design and execute research work oriented on quantitative data
  • Develop the capacity of working in a team

Tuition and Annual Tuition Fee  2024/2025

National Students: 1100 Euros

International Students*: 4000 Euros

Application Fee: 50 Euros

Registration Tuition and School Insurance: 175 Euros

Note: The tuition of this course can be paid in 10 installments, being the first at the time of registration and the remaining in the months of October, November, December, January, February, March, April, May and June.

* in accordance with Decree-Law No. 36/2014, changed by Decree-Law No.62/2018, of 6th August, international students are nationals of a country which is not a Member State of the European Union and are not a legally resident in Portugal for more than 2 uninterrupted years by 1st of January of the enrolment year

The applications for Master's courses are made through the Application Portal, available in the "Admissions" tab
Career Opportunities
  • Technical and scientific employment
  • Advising/mediating functions in the processes of participatory management
  • Consultancy at/for companies (environmental restoration, ocean energy, management, dredging, oil, spatial planning, marine resources)
  • Lead functions in the implementation of new legal national (and European) instruments on the territorial/economic marine and coastal field