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.



About Master Course layout and mobility (Figure 1: EMMCMSP layout, with ECTS plan per modules in each Semester), the First Term (30 ECTS), titled “MSP, principles and issues”, takes place in Seville from September to March (first edition: year=2013).

It constitutes the introduction and common foundation on which the master is built up. 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 on 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.

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 (??? Scientific council).

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.


The Third Term, from September to March (year+2), is dedicated to students individual internship, which would 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 advanced, so to make them as a real working experience, valuable for 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.


The Fourth Term, titled “Planning for sustainable use of marine spaces” takes place in University Iuav of Venice, from March to August (year +2). Students are involved in a project work to develop their final thesis. Lectures on Modules 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 (respectively GEO, ENV, USES, STRATEGIES, GIS) will support the project work of the studio.





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, IV 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 (see financial plan, as annex).





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. EMMCMSP 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


Erasmus Mundus on Maritime Spatial Planning

Secretariat at University Iuav of Venice


Susanna Scarpa

tel. +39 041 257 1872

Maria Gatto

+39 041 257 1720




Scientific coordinators


Francesco Musco



Elena Gissi



Juan L Sußrez de Vivero



Helena Calado