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

level I (prerequisite: Bachelor of Arts or Science)



Layout and Mobility


Mobility is relevant and instrumental to the course's purposes since students will face three different contexts:

1 Seville and Spain, between the Mediterranean and the Ocean in strict relationship with non-EU countries, as to explore uses and environmental state of internal waters, the territorial sea, the Atlantic exclusive economic zone, the fisheries protection zone in the Mediterranean, and the continental shelf, including the extended continental shelf that Spain obtains by applying the procedure envisaged in Art.76 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

2 the Oceanic environment of Azores, whose archipelago is a natural laboratory both for human and natural sciences and field work is strongly facilitated. The mobility enriches the direct experience of several maritime contexts

3 Venice, with a unique lagoon habitat between terrestrial and marine environmental dynamics, within the Adriatic and East Mediterranean basin, “Resilient City” by UNISDR (United Nation International Strategy for Disaster Reduction) for the good progress towards resilience particularly in the protection of the cultural heritage from sea flood disasters; Venice is also part of the Network of North Adriatic Ports (NAPA), which considers Adriatic as a common space between Italy an East Europe countries.




The First Term (30 ECTS), titled “MSP, principles and issues”, takes place in Seville from September to March (2018/20 edition: year=2018).

It constitutes the introduction and common foundation on which the master is built. For this purpose, several Maritime Planning Experiences (MPEs) are assessed to reconstruct the general framework of MSP. The first term is fully practice-oriented and the experts of the Consortium are also involved in developing the basic courses modules LAW, GEO, ENV, USES, STRATEGIES. The Module GIS provides the basic knowledge on tools and technologies applied to marine and coastal environments.


The Second Term (30 ECTS) is titled “Environments and geographies”, from March to August (year+1). A deeper understanding and knowledge on MSP components is developed in the second term, as it is intended to be the one where students can specialize in one field with respect to MSP. The first track of specialization from the first master edition will take place in the Universidade dos Ašores, specialized in environmental management.

Module 1 (MPEs) will be devoted to the analysis and definition of marine regions and the marine protected areas in Portugal and Spain, and on other advanced practices in Europe and worldwide, with the support of MSP Consortium.

Moreover, Modules 3 (ENV) and 4 (GEO) provide an advanced knowledge on maritime coastal environments and geographies, as well as Modules 5 (USES) and 6 (STRATEGIES) will be devoted to specific sectors and activities as defined per edition by the MSP Management Board.

At the end of the II Semester, a workshop at the University of Thessaly (UTH), Greece, will take place. This intensive internship will be focused on analyzing the main issues concerning maritime economies as coastal and maritime tourism, discussing on the specific case of the Mediterranean Sea. Being a practical approach with maritime planning processes, the workshop is considered an anticipation of the final internship also in terms of ETCS issued.


The Third Term, titled “Planning for sustainable use of marine spaces” takes place in University Iuav of Venice, from September to February (year+2). The term will support students’ teamwork providing specific courses on MSP components from the point of view of the ecosystem-based approach, as stated by the MSP Directive (89/2014/EU). In-depth courses of GIS, LAW and Ecosystem-based approach are organized in a more operative way in order to support the students for their internship period. Students are also involved in different workshops and activities and in the Planning Studio testing their knowledge and skills on a real MSP case. In this third semester, the NHTV University will deliver a workshop on the MSP challenge, using simulation techniques as role-playing games in order to support learning-by-doing approach to student-centred learning objectives. Moreover, within the EBM course by Elena Gissi, Soundsea and Iuav will jointly deliver an Ecosystem Services studio, in order to learn from a problem-based learning approach to a case study.


The Fourth Term, from March to September (year +2), is dedicated to students individual internship, which will take place in different countries. Students will be supported by internal (Consortium) and external (Associated Members) tutoring. The internships are programmed by the Universities in advance, so as to make them a real working experience, valuable for a future job placement. A “Practice oriented Day” is organized with the participation of representatives of the hosting Institutions, tutors and Consortium Coordinators, during the First term, so to present the Internships programs, to share the discussion on the work topics, aims and methods with students, and to consolidate the Consortium network.





Along with the semesters some excursions are planned:

in Seville, I Term, three excursions are planned: (1) Cadiz Bay (multiple uses issues); (2) Strait of Gibraltar (Trans-boundary MSP); (3) Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas;


in Azores, II Term, an excursion to Faial Island were the Oceanography Department is located, on the topics involving oceanography and fisheries;


in Venice, III Term, on the Venice Lagoon, to the MOSE Project (acronym for Modulo Sperimentale Elettromeccanico — in English, Experimental Electromechanical Module), and to the other defences from sea storms and high waters; Specific budget is devoted to those activities.





Finally, internship will be also an occasion to test each individual competence in a specific field (Port Authorities in Mediterranean sea, Natural Protected Areas in Ecuador, etc.).


Competences and skills acquired will be then used in the last term thesis project work, where students will be asked to work in small groups (maximum 3 each), on different areas, as to simulate the team work and to develop a cooperative approach.

Internships will take place in institutions working on marine and coastal issues, aiming at training and working within an approach considering MSP tool.


A range of different typologies of internships will be introduced to students during the internship day. The course’s teaching body is involved in tutoring activities.

Because of visa issues, Third Countries Students will attend internship in European Union, while European Students can decide to attend an internship outside EU according to the Consortium Proposals.




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 Sußrez de Vivero



Helena Calado