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Wacoma. Structure of the Master Programme

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.


Diagram of the Master course



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.


Research Lines offered by the Wacoma Consortium: short description

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.

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