General features of the Masters
The Master of Science programme is developed over two academic years on a full-time basis [120 credits, following the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)]. It is aimed at university graduates wishing to specialize and to professionals who wish to update their knowledge.
The studies are accredited with the Master of Science degree specifying the topic of speciality. The State of Spain has conferred the CIHEAM Master of Science degree, issued through CIHEAM Zaragoza, the equivalence with the official Master degree of the Spanish university system (Spanish Official Gazette BOE dated 21 November 2006, BOE dated 20 February 2007, and BOE dated 11 April 2022).
Accompanying the diploma, a Diploma Supplement is issued automatically and free of charge following the model developed by the European Commission, the Council of Europe and UNESCO/CEPES.
Most of CIHEAM Zaragoza Masters are jointly organized with Spanish Universities and other national and international institutions. In this case, the Universities will award the official Master’ system is applied and registration conditions and academic regulations adapt to the requirements established by all the organizing institutions.
All Masters are programmed biennially, so candidates can only enrol every two years.
The programme is structured in two parts.
It is held over one academic year (60 ECTS). It is professionally oriented and has a theoretical-practical content based on lectures, practicals and field, laboratory and computer work (according to each Master speciality and programme), applied individual and group work, technical visits, etc., which provide rigorous and updated specialization.
The courses are structured in complementary but independent sections in order to permit partial attendance to certain sections or units of the programme if desired.
This part is accredited with CIHEAM’s Postgraduate Specialization Diploma. Accompanying this diploma, a Diploma Supplement is issued automatically and free of charge following the model developed by the European Commission, the Council of Europe and UNESCO/CEPES.
The second part consists of individual work of initiation to research or to professional activity (60 ECTS) on a given topic within the speciality taken during the first part.
Through this work, participants in the programme complete their training by making a critical application of the knowledge, methods and techniques acquired during the first part of the programme and develop their competence in:
- (i) analysis of problems
- (ii) definition of objectives
- (iii) acquisition and treatment of data in compliance to a pre-established research protocol
- (iv) analysis of results
- (v) reporting conclusions that contribute to problem solving.
A duration of 10 months is determined for carrying out the work in the second part. This part concludes with the writing of a thesis to be defended in public before an international examining board selected in each case for their expertise and prestige in the field of the thesis.
The maximum period between the beginning of the first part of the programme and the presentation of the thesis must not exceed 4 years.