Master in Marine Living Resources: Science, Technology and Society


Master in Marine Living Resources: Science, Technology and Society

The Blue Growth strategy, which is one of the pillars EU’s Marine Policy, is centred on Blue Economy (BE) concept, in which all economic activities related to marine areas should contribute to the creation of wealth and employment, and at the same time, to raise awareness of the value and economic potential of marine areas and their vulnerability to human action.

It is in this context that the Master Marine Living Resources: Science, Technology and Society arises, which aims to deliver skilled professionals with a broad multi- and interdisciplinary view of fundamental and applied areas, namely those related to the ecological, technological, political and sociocultural aspects of the primary sector of the BE.


The Master’s program aims to train professionals with interdisciplinary competences to improve the marine livings resources sector of the blue economy, integrating ecological, technological, political and sociocultural aspects for the sustainable development. Graduates will have skills and competences to:

- Understand and assess the importance of natural capital and marine ecosystems within the blue economy;

- Plan, implement and evaluate projects and technologies for the sustainable management and exploitation of marine resources, monitor the quality of the marine environment, including aquaculture projects, control the quality of there sources and develop value-added products that promote zero waste;

- Promote entrepreneurship, innovation, active citizenship and marine environmental literacy;

- Contribute to the promotion of public policies for the sustainability of living marine resources;

- Analyze, plan and work in multidisciplinary teams.

Classes are taught in English to ensure the inclusion of international students.


The Masters programme take advantage of the integration of professors from different areas, from engineering to biology, biochemistry and social sciences, as well as its infrastructures, particularly the research groups working in the areas of marine and environmental sciences and sustainability ( MARE – Center for Marine and Environmental Sciences and CENSE – Center for Research in Environment and Sustainability), as well as technologies and systems, all integrated in R&D centers with excellent evaluation. This proposal also includes, with the participation of two Norwegian institutions of international renown in technologies and innovation of the sea, SINTEF Ocean and Oslo Metropolitan University and the Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere, a Portuguese public institute of the Ministry of the Sea, and with operations at the level of operational management of living marine resources.


Career opportunities

The interdisciplinary approach of training in Marine Living Resources: Science, Technology and Society opens up excellent professional opportunities in the Blue Economy area, focusing on the interaction between human and marine ecological systems with a view to sustainable development.


  • consultancy and technological and/or management projects related to the primary sector of EA;
  • development of plans and strategies for the sustainable exploitation of living marine resources at the level of companies and central, local and regional administration;
  • marine literacy;
  • governance;
  • industry: aquaculture, fisheries and fish processing, marine biotechnology.

Tuition fee

Portuguese students:

1250 Euros/year

Foreign students:

7000 Euros/year


1st phase: 12th february to 22nd march 2024

2nd phase: 3rd June to 17th july 2024


International Applications

Entrance requirements for the 2024/2025 academic year

Vacancies for 2024/2025:


Course coordinator:

Professora Marta Martins

Registration and Accreditation


Registration number R/A-Cr 179/2022 on 10/08/2022


Publication date of the accreditation decision: 07/07/2022

Period of validity of the accreditation:
6 years from 31/07/2022

About the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

The Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (DCEA) at NOVA FCT started in 1976, with the launching of the Environmental Engineering course, a first of its kind worldwide. Over the past 40 years, DCEA has been able to adapt to the extraordinary evolution in this area, expanding the scope and expertise to tackle new environmental and sustainability challenges of the 21st Century. DCEA provides several courses (bachelor, master and doctoral courses) in the broad area of environment and sustainability, guided by scientific and technical quality, preparing the students for the national and international markets. DCEA also promotes R&D, assumed as a key pillar of teaching, by supporting national and international projects and an extensive network of collaboration with industry and public administration. DCEA coordinates several education programmes under the EIT Climate-KIC, namely the Journey, the Climate Innovation Leadership program and Pioneers in Practice.  

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