Bachelor in Marine Sciences

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The importance of the marine environment is now widely recognized at various levels, from the political, socioeconomic and scientific fields to the scientific and resource exploration aspects. The main objective of the course is to address these challenges by promoting a holistic approach, founded on a sound scientific basis for Marine Sciences, Biology and Earth Sciences, and complemented by other subjects. The professionals to be trained will dominate working tools that allow to characterize and monitor the marine environment and may exert its activity on official authorities, private companies and research centers. The specific objectives of the course are: 1) provide a sound scientific, theoretical and field work and laboratory training in the study area; 2) enable students to collect, interpret and communicate scientific data; 3) allow the student to continue their advanced training ( 2nd and 3rd cycles ) in various areas of expertise.


The main learning objectives assumes that students should seize the holistic nature of the marine sciences, through training solidly anchored in theoretical foundations, methodologies for collection and processing of data and the definition of conceptual models. This objective is subdivided into a number of sub-domains of learning: a) knowledge on the physical, chemical and biogeochemical processes occurring in the oceans, b) understand the diversity of biological and geological features in the oceans, c) understand the economic importance of marine resources, d) master the tools of planning and legal constraints imposed on the marine issues, e) understand the technologies and methods of marine exploration, and f) integrate knowledge in a broader context of social and human sciences. Secondary skills are also envisaged, namely ability to teamwork, responsibility, self-initiative and oral and writing communication.

Admission Requirements

Those interested can apply for the course through one of the following national competitions organized by DGES: National Competition for Access and Admission to Public Higher Education; and Special Regimes. Application may also be possible through the following special competitions, organized by the University of the Azores: Special Competitions for Access and Admission to the University of the Azores (Over 23 Years, Holders of Technological Specialization Diploma, Holders of Higher Professional Technician Diploma, Holders of Other Higher Education Courses, Holders of dual certification courses in secondary education and specialized artistic courses); Regimes of Re-entry and Change of Institution / Course; Special competition for access and admission of international students to the University of the Azores. In all cases, the application is dependent on the candidates' compliance with the conditions required for this purpose. For more information on national competitions and the conditions of access and admission, consult the DGES page at, and for information on special competitions, consult the regulations available on our website.

Professional Opportunities

Public and private companies with activities related to the exploration of the sea; Public services in the area of fisheries, the environment, tourism, etc; Research in public and private institutes linked to the study of the oceans and maritime activities; Consulting in the area of Marine Sciences; Creation of scientific and technological companies in the area of maritime services and resources.


Ponta Delgada

Course Code


ECTS Credits



3 Years

Study Regime

Full- or part-time attendance, presence required in daytime schedule


  • Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
  • Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • R/A-Cr 49/2015 de 09-06-2015

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