EMMCMSP - Erasmus Mundus Master Course on Maritime Spatial Planning

General information

Erasmus Mundus Master Course on Maritime Spatial Planning (EMMCMSP) is a two-years advanced professional master program, in which three high-rated European universities participate: Università Iuav di Venezia as coordinator,University of Sevilla, University of Azores. Students will familiarize themselves with key issues involved in policies formulation and planning strategies for maritime space, to improve the management of resources from an environmental, economic, social and legal perspective within the framework of Maritime policies.  

The master course provides a broad study perspective through a crossed-thematical analysis and discussion on several marine contexts (Mediterranean Sea, Baltic and North Sea, Black Sea, Atlantic Ocean). The added value consists in the comparative analysis and the methodological interaction among the institutions involved, together with knowledge transfer to the South of the World.

Layout and Mobility
Mobility is relevant and instrumental to the course's purposes since students will face three different contexts:

  1. Seville and Spain, between the Mediterranean and the Ocean in strict relationship with non-EU countries, as to explore uses and environmental state of internal waters, the territorial sea, the Atlantic exclusive economic zone, the fisheries protection zone in the Mediterranean, and the continental shelf, including the extended continental shelf that Spain obtains by applying the procedure envisaged in Art.76 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
  2. the Oceanic environment of Azores, whose archipelago is a natural laboratory both for human and natural sciences and field work is strongly facilitated. The mobility enriches the direct experience of several maritime contexts
  3. Venice, with a unique lagoon habitat between terrestrial and marine environmental dynamics, within the Adriatic and East Mediterranean basin, “Resilient City” by UNISDR (United Nation International Strategy for Disaster Reduction) for the good progress towards resilience particularly in the protection of the cultural heritage from sea flood disasters; Venice is also part of the Network of North Adriatic Ports (NAPA), which considers Adriatic as a common space between Italy an East Europe countries.

Programme Modules

  • Maritime Planning Experiences: issues and lessons
  • Legal frames: law, rules and regulations for maritime planning, programming, and management
  • Maritime geography and ecumene ocean
  • Marine and coastal environment
  • Spatial analysis, mapping and modelling through Geographical Information Systems and new technologies 
  • Uses and activities: resources, marine use patterns and environmental changes
  • Scenarios and strategies of integrated planning 
  • Internship, 30 ECTS
  • Design for maritime environments: methods and techniques (Thesis Lab)

The aim of the EMMCMSP is to prepare students to become specialists – providing a multi-disciplinary background – to enable them to operate both in public institutions as well as independent professionals or researchers. As specialists they will have the know-how in planning, in designing and evaluating projects and policies, which consider terrestrial, coastal and marine dimensions. In addition, the course will provide the ability to manage decision processes towards an adaptive and integrated approach.

Contact Person: Susanna Scarpa (EMMCMSP Secretariat) (erasmusmundus.msp@iuav.it)


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0312 - Policy and governance", "0731 - Marine spatial planning", "0421 - Marine and maritime law", "0311 - Maritime economy", "0532 - Marine Geology", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography", "0731 - Marine spatial planning


Venue: University Iuav of Venice (Programme Coordinator)
Venice, Italy

First Term: University of Sevilla, Sevilla
Second Term: Azores University, Ponta Delgada
Third Term: students' individual internship, which would take place in different countries.
Fourth Term: thesis work, University Iuav of Venice, Venice



According to the MSP budget plan, the participation costs per semester are:

  • 1.900€ for European Programme country students, 7.600€ for the two years
  • 2.600€ for Non-European Partner country students, 10.400€ for the two years

Participation costs will be revised each year by the Management Board, as well as the participation fee.

Visa costs and resident permit are not included in the participation costs, since they are usually individually charged directly by the Embassies. The Universities’ administrations will provide each student with the invitation letter to apply for the visa. Each student will pay for its visas and for the costs of the issuing procedure, that depends on national legislation of each country.


Degree Requirements
Proof that the applicant has successfully accomplished a Bachelor's degree of higher education or three years University education. Preferred Bachelor's degree subjects are: Architecture, Planning, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Engineering (logistics and transports, management, environmental), Economy and Political Sciences, Biology, Law, Information technologies and Communications.

Language Requirements
Fluency in English language at least according to the C1 level of the European reference scheme for language skills, or TOEFL score of minimum 550 (or equivalent) is required. The Management Board might abstain from any proof of English language skills, if English is the native language or was the language of instruction/teaching language for the previous Degree. Basic knowledge of one of the other languages (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese) used by the Consortium would be positive evaluated by the Management Board.

Application Procedure:

Apply using the online application form of the Iuav University of Venice. You need to create an account and register. You must finish your electronic submission before the deadline, otherwise your application will not be validated. Please do not send any document by post, the original (or certified copies) will be asked after the selection process. When done, you will get a receipt. Supporting documents:

  1. Application form dully filled out (pdf form)
  2. Detailed Curriculum Vitae in English specifying scientific and professional experiences, academic degrees,  publications and special skills. Maximum 3 pages (PDF format preferred)
  3. Letter of motivation
  4. Two recommendation letters and/or references. 
  5. Certified copy of academic degree(s) and certified copy of academic transcript(s) in original language and translated into English
  6. Official proofs of English language proficiency
  7. Official proofs of other language proficiency (optional, where applicable)
  8. Copy of your passport (preferably) or identification card
  • a residence certificate issued in accordance with the candidate's municipality normal registration rules;
  • a certificate from the candidate's place of work, study or training issued by the employer or institution in question.

Grant Opportunities:

Erasmus Mundus scholarships will be awarded to students for each of the five editions of the EMMC (students from categories A and B). 

  • Category A scholarships can be awarded to third-country masters students selected by EMMC consortia who come from a country other than a European country.
  • Category B scholarships can be awarded to European masters students selected by EMMC consortia as well as to any masters students selected by EMMC consortia who do not fulfill the Category A criteria.

While the Category A scholarships should be considered as “full scholarships” covering all necessary costs of the student during his/her study period in Europe, Category B scholarships have to be considered as a “financial contribution” to the student’s costs while following his/her EMMC studies.


Academic level: Master


With respect to learning outcomes, joint examination will take place according to two evaluation levels: 

  • knowledge, applying knowledge and skills acquired
  • knowledge, applying knowledge, making judgments, communication skills and learning skills.

Each term will give place to a partial student evaluation step. Joint examination procedures, thesis examination procedure and grading will be communicated to students before the beginning of the academic activities (to be decided during the academic meeting). The thesis will be assessed in terms of adequacy in its methodology, analysis and its arguments, as well as in adequately demonstrating its author’s familiarity with the relevant literature; the thesis should also be written in correct, coherent language, in an appropriate style, correctly following the conventions of citation. It should, moreover, have a logical and visible structure and development that should at all times assist the reader’s understanding of the argument being presented and not obscure it.

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