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

level I (prerequisite: Bachelor of Arts or Science)





The MSP admission would be managed by the Consortium Management Board, where the administrative body will play a support role.



1 Each year a number of study places for MSP are offered by the Consortium (the number is established by the MSP management board). Applicants must send their applications to the Coordinator of the study program. If more eligible applications are receives than study places available, the Consortium will admit candidates according to the documents submitted as above.



2 A first requests’ skimming will be performed by Iuav. In this preliminary phase  the incomplete applications will be excluded from the selection. In a second phase, the Academic Board will meet at one HEI per year and will draw up the final graded list. Finally according to the availability of places, selected students will be contacted by Iuav and admitted to the Joint Master Course.



3 The Management Board evaluates the application material based on the criteria here below and ranks the applicants according to the scores:


(a) A maximum of 40 points for the overall grade of the previous degree (usually Bachelor) or the preliminary grade status of the applicant at the time of application. Qualification points are granted according to the applicant overall grade. Preferred Bachelor's degree subjects are: Architecture, Planning, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Engineering (logistics and transports, management, environmental), Economy and Political Sciences, Biology, Law, Information technologies and Communications


(b) A maximum of 40 points will be granted for “extra qualifications” and will be divided as follows:

(b.1) A maximum of 10 points can be granted to students having already a Bachelor Degree in a scientific area considered relevant to the MSP Erasmus Mundus Master Course and qualification points will be granted according to the obtained application overall grade

(b.2) a maximum of 15 points can be granted to students having already previous experience in Maritime Spatial Planning, or in maritime sectors. It will be valued scientific publications, projects, conference meetings or other activities considered relevant in this particular field

(b.3) a maximum of 15 points can be granted to students showing relevant scientific activities as scientific publications, conference meetings or other activities considered relevant to demonstrate extra skills and extra-academic and/or professional qualifications


(c) A maximum of 10 points for the Letter of Motivation (statement of interest in the study program). Criteria for the evaluation of the Letter of Motivation are specific reference of the study program, a clear description of own qualification and objectives, coherence of the intended career with the study program, and congruence of the applicant's motivation of study with the orientation of the study program


(d) Applicants rated with less than 48 points will automatically be excluded from admission


(e) Equity issues will be considered through the assignment of bonus-points as follows:

(e.1) a maximum of 4 points for applicants from countries of deemed relatively less advantaged, according to the list of all countries by Human Development Index as included in a United Nations Development Program's Human Development Report released on 4 November 2010, compiled on the basis of estimates for 2010 (the Italian Minister of Education and University (MIUR) acknowledged the list with a Decree of 21/05/2010, “Paesi a basso sviluppo umano”, art. No 13 comma 5)

(e.2) a maximum of 4 points for supporting the participation of disadvantaged and under-represented groups, as well as disabilities, according to the EU target to overcome discrimination and increase the integration of people with disabilities, ethnic minorities and immigrants and other vulnerable groups, as stated in the EU target for inclusive growth, “Europe 2020” (EU's growth strategy)

(e.3) other criteria according to the current European Policies orientations and acknowledged by the Management Board for each Master edition



4 Based on CV, the Management Board lists the applicants according to their qualification rank. The Management Board prepares a protocol of the selection procedure including day and place of meeting, names of members, management rank of the applicants.



5 To verify some specific cases, the commission can decide for the convocation of a video call (as through skype) to directly interview students. The commission will communicate the details of the skype interview with 4 days of advance. The participation to the skype interview will help to clarify the student evaluation.



6 In case of same scores between students, equity and gender issue criteria will be adopted (see paragraph below).



7 Based on rank, the administrative body of the Consortium admits applicants for study at the respective HEI in the several terms location.



With respect to gender issues, according to the “Strategy for equality between women and men” (Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European economic and social committee and the Committee of the Region, 2010-2015), and to the Directive 2006/54/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 July 2006 on the implementation of the principle of equal opportunities and equal treatment of men and women in matters of employment and occupation, since the Master course on MSP interacts with non-conventional fields of study for women, as engineering, fisheries and transports, when two or more candidates achieve the same score, the preference will be given to women. Equity and gender issues will be revised by the Management Board according to European Policy orientation and priorities, and to the Master internal and external evaluation reports, along with the MSP implementation phase.




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 Suįrez de Vivero



Helena Calado




last update: 14/03/2018