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

level I (prerequisite: Bachelor of Arts or Science)






module 1

Maritime Planning Experiences: issues and lessons (MPEs)


The module takes into consideration key experiences in MSP, and offers students the chance to hear maritime experts address various issues and to come in contact with European and international planning experiences. The course examines the relationship between strategies and planning systems, the effectiveness of regulatory procedures, the management and development of international cooperation. An information system will be updated during the EMMC activities.



module 2

Legal frames: law, rules and regulations for maritime planning, programming, and management (LAW)


To date, maritime and coastal policies have been fragmented. At times such fragmentation has resulted in the adoption of contradictory measures, making the picture complex and disunited. The module outlines the main legal systems, the instruments and the legal problems. It also deals with some of the themes that have helped generate this discipline (for instance environmental conflicts and natural disasters).



module 3

Maritime geography and ecumene ocean (GEO)


 The maritime area with its history is the first issue to be addressed to understand, plan and manage the maritime area both in its oceanic and coastal aspects. The module covers the following areas: Physical geography of maritime spaces; Biogeography of marine spaces; Human and economic geography of maritime spaces.



module 4

Marine and coastal environment (ENV)


With the knowledge acquired from this module, indepth issues on the state of the marine environment - the weather, quality of the water, the condition of the ecosystem, as to achieve Good Environmental Status (GES) of marine regions as detailed in Directive 92/43/EEC (Marine Strategy Framework Directive, MSFD) - will be developed in relation to its different uses.



module 5

Spatial analysis, mapping and modelling through Geographical Information Systems and new technologies (GIS)


The module teaches how to plan, design and manage spatial information systems (database, remote sensing, GIS and GPS). Because of the importance of spatial information systems, the module sets out to build solid technical skills, especially the processing of spatial data, acquiring skills in the field of ICT, developing design methods on information systems, integrating implementation skills for spatial governance (mapping conflicts, planning land use, etc.). In addition, essential elements to build an integrated product (multiuser and multipurpose) are also provided to describe the relationship between biotic and abiotic resources and their current management system.



module 6

Uses and activities: resources, marine use patterns and environmental changes (USES)


The goal is to grasp the underlying economic rationale behind marine use, namely the exploitation of sea resources in a broader sense, with particular focus on: renewable energy (tidal, wind and wave), fisheries, navigation, sediment extraction, CO2 stocking, filling and restocking the shoreline, cable, pipeline and platform installation, building artificial islands, tourism and recreational activities, production of fossil fuel power, ports, scientific research and military activities.



module 7

Scenarios and strategies of integrated planning (STRATEGIES)


Based on the availability of resources, on the mode and on the conflicts in using a resource, strategic scenarios are drafted to protect and improve marine space. The previously studied topics will be applied to the case studies. The aim is to conceive plans centred on the following phases: Evaluating critical issues and conflicts that arise in maritime spaces; Identifying communities, stakeholder and actors; Developing scenarios and strategies; Integrated and pluralistic evaluation.



module 8

Internship (INTERNSHIP), 30 ECTS


Internship on shared topics with internal Consortium) and external (Associated Members) tutoring.



module 9

Design for maritime environments: methods and techniques (THESIS LAB)


The module is devoted to the elaboration of students' thesis. They will explore the methods and techniques in conceiving policies and physical design of maritime environments. Some of the salient aspects include the need to optimize spatial distribution of economic activities to reduce the conflicts arising from the use of a resource and improve management effectiveness. The project centres on such factors as climate changes, the exploitation of resources, pollution and the impoverishment of ecosystems.




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 Suįrez de Vivero



Helena Calado