Undergraduate and graduate programmes offered by the University iuav of Venice:

level I (prerequisite: Bachelor of Arts or Science)


The Joint Master Course on Maritime Spatial Planning is a two-years advanced professional master program, in which three high-rated European universities participate: Universitā Iuav di Venezia as coordinator, University of SevilleUniversity of Azores. Students will familiarize with key issues involved in policies formulation and planning strategies for maritime space, to improve the management of resources from an environmental, economic, social and legal perspective within the framework of Maritime policies.


Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) is an innovative instrument based on up-to-date knowledge and technologies to study the planet’s surface, striving to improve the management of global resources. Nowadays, planners who traditionally dealt with the transformation of cities, territories, environments and related issues must face new marine challenges, and therefore play a fundamental role. Though for years the planning system has 'turned its back to the sea', it is pivotal in organizing and developing coastal areas beyond the CZM approach. The sea is affected by economic, social and environmental changes and, in order to cope with the continuing social and economic evolution, it needs to be included in planning and land management strategies.


The aim of the Joint Master Course on MSP 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. The two-years master course provides a broad study perspective through a crossed-thematical analysis and discussion on several marine contexts (Mediterranean Sea, Baltic and North Sea, Black Sea, Atlantic Ocean). The added value consists in the comparative analysis and the methodological interaction among the institutions involved, together with knowledge transfer to the South of the World.


The course is developed by the MSP Consortium coordinated by the Universitā Iuav di Venezia. The Consortium welcomes major professional entities from the coastal, marine and maritime sectors as associated partners who are involved in teaching, research and planning activities.



some information about the MSP Consortium


full partners

> Universitā Iuav di Venezia (lead university)

local coordinators: Francesco Musco, Elena Gissi

> University of Azores, local coordinator Helena Calado

> University of Sevilla, local coordinator Juan Luis Vivero


associated members

> CORILA, Venice, Italy

> UNESCO-IOC – Intergovernamental Oceanographic Commission, Paris

> Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy

> Sound Seas, USA

> Stichting NHTV Internationale Hogeschool Breda, Netherlands

> University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece

> Plavi svijet Institut za istraživanje i zaštitu mora, Veli Losinj, Croatia

> CIIMAR, Porto, Portugal

> Universitā degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Naples, Italy

> EMUNI univerza, Piran, Slovenia

> Instituto Espaņol de Oceanografía, Madrid, Spain

> Nordregio, Stockholm, Sweden

> Planning Authority, Floriana, Malta

> s.Pro - sustainable projects, Berlin, Germany

> Thetis S.p.A., Venice, Italy

> Universidade de Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal

> Turun yliopisto, Turku, Finland

> World Ocean Council, London, UK



for more information


Joint Master Course on Maritime Spatial Planning

Secretariat at University Iuav of Venice


Daniele Zecchinato

tel. +39 041 257 1395




Scientific coordinators


Francesco Musco



Elena Gissi



Juan L Suárez de Vivero



Helena Calado




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Last update: 07/03/2018