The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) in Water and Coastal Management WACOMA
The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) in Water and Coastal Management (WACOMA) 2017-2022 promotes academic excellence in a teaching Master Degree Programme that aims at developing common understanding and deepening scientific knowledge in the vital, challenging and continuously evolving field of water and coastal ecosystems.
The EMJMD WACOMA is specifically addressed to water and coastal hazards and risks and their interrelations with global changes and use of resources. Consistent with the precepts of management sciences, it also concerns mitigation and adaptation to changes and it deals with the relevant aspects of a sustainable green and blue economy. The EMJMD WACOMA links natural sciences and societal challenges focusing on biology, geology, management, law and economics, thus being both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary. It aims at integrating aquatic, environmental and marine sciences into an advanced teaching program while promoting an exchange of information with a direct involvement of the coastal end users and stakeholders.
The course objective is to train managers and scientists for Water and Coastal Zone Risk Management, with a solid knowledge of environmental and legal instruments.
The course draws on EU research projects and case studies, as well as laboratory experiments and field trips. The program includes experience in modern practical, analytical and numerical methods applicable to water and coastal management. Students are trained in both the collection and analysis of data and the transformation of data into information.
The training includes solving practical management problems of catchments, wetlands, coasts, Ports and in general freshwater and marine areas as well as the comparison of alternate solutions. The students use methods and decision support systems, such as DPSIR, that are relevant to the planning and management of freshwater and marine zone problems. Graduates are encouraged to form a network of peers through an alumni society that will move to become a European professional and accreditation association.
The activities of WACOMA will start in August 2018 for the first cohort and will follow the same teaching and mobility for the following years (Aug 2019 for the second cohort; Aug 2020 for the third cohort).
WACOMA offers the opportunity to visit three different EU Countries during the first year: Students welcome takes place at UNIBO (Ravenna, Italy), where they remain from August to January. 30 ECTS of compulsory modules are offered by UNIBO.
In the second semester starting form February students move to UALG (Faro, Portugal) for Winter School with practical courses and hot topics in the field.
Then, they will move to UCA (Cadiz, Spain), and remain there until the end of the first year (August).
During these months at UALG and UCA, students will gain the remaining 36 ECTS, choosing 2 ECTS teaching modules within a wide offer and completing the first year.
To gain the 54 ECTS of the second year, students based in Bologna OR Cadiz OR Faro (at their choice, made by the end of the first year) work on the Master thesis, and may visit Associated Partners, for a max of 3 months; they also perform Internship at Academic or Non-Academic Partners (8 ECTS).
Tuition fees · participation costs
WACOMA Participation costs are 9,000 € per year for students from Partner Countries and 4,500 € per year for students from Programme Countries. Participation costs include: tuition fees, administrative costs (e.g., enrolment and registration fees in at least 2 universities, student card, access to services for students, welcome and orientation week/day, administrative costs), the organization of Mobility tracks, participation to WACOMA winter schools and full insurance coverage.
For EMJMD Scholarship Holders, participation costs are covered by the EMJMD Scholarship (paid directly to the Consortium, not to students).
Students will be required to sign a Student Agreement where all relevant terms and conditions will be detailed.
Erasmus Mundus Scholarship
For 3 years, every academic year, 20/22 EMJMD WACOMA scholarships will be funded by the European Union will be offered to candidates based on their results from the admission process, subject to EMJMD nationality/geographical restrictions.
PLEASE NOTE: Scholarships depend both on nationality and residency. Students with a double nationality (of a Partner and of a Programme Country) must specify the nationality under which they submit their scholarship application.
“The 12-month rule” When determining the contribution to participation costs, the Consortium defines the student category - either Programme country or Partner country. The definition of the student category depends on his/her nationality and on whether the student resided in a Programme country (for studies, training or work) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years before applying (applicable only to students with Partner country nationality).
All students supported by the EMJMD Scholarship will be provided health insurance according to Erasmus guidelines. The insurance covers the scholarship holder’s stay at consortium universities as well as the internship/research period, both in Programme and Partner Countries.
WACOMA graduates may develop a career as:
- ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGER, supporting decision-making function in a professional context
- ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER, working on policies for sustainable development, consulting on environmental management systems, environmental accounting, environmental integration of structural funds
- ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCHER, performing innovative research works in different fields, offering the added value of the interdisciplinary vision acquired during training.
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