Structure and distribution of credits


Distribution of the curriculum in ECTS credits by type of subject matters

Distribution of the curriculum in ECTS credits by type of subject matters
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Structure of the Degree

The programme offers a total of 96 ECTS to cover the 60 ECTS required, including the Practicum and the Master’s Thesis of 12 ECTS. It is organised in an initial compulsory module, common for all the 18 ECTS three different pathways of 24 ECTS, in addition to the internships and master’s thesis.

The compulsory module of the master's has 4 subjects, each one has 4.5 ECTS, which will be taught during the first semester for all the students enrolled.

Likewise, the Master's is organised in three specialisations:

  • The Pathway-1 “Research on the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and Global Change” will study thoroughly frontier research issues in different subjects related with the use of natural resources and global change. Its development has been carried out from the field of knowledge mentioned above in addition to the field of knowledge of Applied Physics and Engineering Projects.
  • The Pathway-2 “Adaptation Techniques to Global Change and Mitigation of its effects” has a more applied character. The newest techniques that allow minimising the effects of Global Change and how to face them are set out.
  • The Pathway-3 “Sustainability Management” provides students with a very interesting and broad spectrum line related with the environmental management: application of environmental sustainability from the company’s point of view, the politics and the new concepts of spatial planning. The set of subjects has been developed by the field of knowledge of Applied Economics, Regional Geographic Analysis, History and Economic Institutions, Public International Law and International Relations.

Students may choose a specialisation that will complete their training and the required elective credits (24 ECTS) taking at least 6 ECTS among the subjects offered in the other specialisations. However, these three pathways described must not be compulsory followed in a linear way by the students enrolled in the master’s degree, they may opt for not achieving an specialisation if they are enrolled transversally among the different pathways of the master's. They can choose subjects from the different specialisations and form their own curriculum in the way they deem more appropriate for their training, whether they prefer consolidating some knowledge or putting other knowledge they already have aside given their initial training. In this case, student will not receive a mention of the specialisation taken.

The master's will finish in the second part of the second semester with the carrying-out of Internships, in which students may choose to carry out internships in companies or institutions or in the UAL laboratories. In both cases, they will be focused and supervised towards the carrying-out and presentation of the Master’s Thesis (12 ECTS).

Structure of the Máster en Uso Sostenible de Recursos Naturales y Servicios Ecosistémicos

Information of interest

  • Guide