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Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree

Water and Coastal Management






The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) in WAter and COastal MAnagement WACOMA is a 2-years Master Degree/Second Cycle Degree – 120 ECTS.

Tuition language: ENGLISH.

The EMJMD WACOMA promotes academic excellence through the implementation of a teaching programme that aims at developing common understanding and at deepening scientific knowledge in the vital, challenging and continuously evolving field of water and coastal ecosystems.

It is specifically addressed to water and coastal hazards and risks, and their interrelations with global changes and use of resources. Consistent with the percepts of management sciences, it also concerns mitigation and adaptation to changes and it deals with the relevant aspects of a sustainable green and blue economy.

The WACOMA programme links natural sciences and societal challenges, focusing on biology, geology, management, law and economics, thus being both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary.

Main objectives and expected outputs

The course objective is to train managers and scientists for Water and Coastal Zone Risk Management, with a solid knowledge of environmental and legal instruments.

Study Plan


Download the 2-years Master Degree Wacoma study plan.

WACOMA - Academic Activities - Course Structure 2019/2020

WACOMA - 1st Semester Class Timetable at UNIBO 2019/2020

WACOMA – Intensive School on Hot Topics at UALG 2019/2020

WACOMA – 2nd Semester Class Timetable at UCA 2019/2020

Download Wacoma 2nd Semester Teaching Modules - University of Cadiz, Spain

Mobility Scheme

The activities of WACOMA will start in August 2018 for the first cohort and will follow the same teaching and mobility ​ for the following years (Aug 2019 for the second cohort; Aug 2020 for the third cohort).

WACOMA offers the opportunity to visit three different EU Countries during the first year: Students welcome takes place at UNIBO (Ravenna, Italy), where they remain from August to January. 30 ECTS of compulsory modules are offered by UNIBO.

In the second semester starting form February students move to UALG (Faro, Portugal) for Winter School with practical courses and hot topics in the field.

Then, they will move to UCA (Cadiz, Spain), and remain there until the end of the first year (August).

During these months at UALG and UCA, students will gain the remaining 36 ECTS, choosing 2 ECTS teaching modules within a wide offer and completing the first year.

To gain the 54 ECTS of the second year, students based in Bologna OR Cadiz OR Faro (at their choice, made by the end of the first year) work on the Master thesis, and may visit Associated Partners, for a max of 3 months; they also perform Internship at Academic or Non-Academic Partners (8 ECTS). 

Mobility Plan


Hot Topics in Integrated Coastal Risk Management – Intensive School

WACOMA Students will participate in a 2-week Intensive School on specific hot topics related to Water and Coastal Management; the topics will be different each year. Such activity is part of the EMJMD WACOMA Mobility Scheme.

When: End of 1st Semester each academic Year (February).

Where: at UALG, Faro - Portugal.

Duration: 2 weeks.

Programme of the 2-week School Schedule: Please find the programme scheduled for the 2-weeks intensive School on Hot topics. WACOMA Students will be receiving daily updated information on the following day.

Materials: Articles and specific academic material on the Hot Topics are timely and accurately made available to students.

Students’ performance evaluation: and ongoing assignments system has been set up in order to assess students’ participation and performace. The evaluation will be based on an individual report.

Assessment methods (grading system): The grading system is 0-20 and A-F (ECTS).

Number of ECTS: 6.

Code: 88421

Type of activity: (B) Core learning activity.

Attendance: mandatory

Students’ feedback and Quality assessment: Ongoing monitor and feedbacks form the students. The Partner University Local Coordinator, Professor Alice Newton will take care of collecting daily feeedbacks and comments from the students so to monitor and adjust the programme accordingly.

Practicalities: Accommodation will be agreed upon prior to students’ arrival. WACOMA Consortium Universities (Unibo, Uca, Ualg) and Wacoma students will jointly plan the travel and accommodation for the 2-weeks intensive school.

Photo gallery 1st Wacoma student's intake (2018/19)

Programme 2018/19

Photo gallery 2nd Wacoma student's cohort (2019/20)

Programme 2019/20


Services and Facilities for WACOMA Students

  • UNIBO - University of Bologna – Ravenna Campus. 1st semester - Programme intake 2019/2020
    • Italian Language Courses
    • International and Intercultural Events
    • Students' Handbook (UNIBO)
    • Buddy System
  • UALG – University of the Algarve – Gambelas Campus. 2-week Intensive School - Programme intake 2019/2020
    • Students' Handbook (UALG)
  • UCA – University of Cadiz – Puerto Real Campus. 2nd semester - Programme intake 2019/2020
    • Spanish Language Courses
    • WACOMA at UCA
    • UCA Services
    • International Relations Office
    • Students' Handbook (UCA)

Final Degree awarded and Diploma Supplement

At the completion of their studies, students will obtain a multiple degree, that is a Joint and a single Degree in Water and Coastal Management.

Joint degree:

Gestão da Água e da Costa - Erasmus Mundus; Master Universitario Erasmus Mundus en Gestión de Agua y Costas / Water and Coastal Management.

Single degree:

Students will obtain a single Italian National Degree in Laurea Magistrale in Analisi e Gestione dell’Ambiente (Classe delle Lauree LM-75 – Scienze e Tecnologie per l’Ambiente e il Territorio).

The Coordinating Institution, the University of Bologna will issue a Diploma Supplement on behalf of WACOMA consortium.

Master thesis final examination: modalities

To graduate, you have to sit a final examination designed to verify that you have reached the education objectives set by the Degree Programme

The final examination consists in writing a dissertation on a subject pertinent to your studies, elaborated in an original way, under the guidance of a supervisor. The dissertation will be discussed publicly during a specific final examination session in front of a Board.

The Board will assess your performance using your curriculum as a reference. During the dissertation discussion, you may use slides and the Commission may ask you in-depth questions on methods, results and any developments of your work.




Last update: 29 May 2020


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