During the second part of the Master, participants complete 60 ECTS focused on the introduction to research and on the elaboration of a Thesis based on the results of an original research work, once the candidate has prepared an experimental protocol submitted under the supervision of the thesis tutor. The experimental work for the elaboration of the thesis is carried out in the organizing institutions of the Master or in other collaborating institutions, for a period of 10 months, under the direction of a tutor who should be a doctor of renowned experience.

To be eligible for a renewal of an IAMZ-CIHEAM scholarship to participate in the second part of the Master, the student must have obtained an average score equal to or greater than 70 out of 100 in the first part of the Master.


Most common topics for Master of Science theses

  • Effects of diet composition on nutrient efficiency, production performance and reproductive parameters
  • Control and manipulation of the reproduction system
  • Health management
  • Influence of culture environmental conditions and management techniques on yield and quality production
  • Study of technical and economic viability of the establishment of new culture site
  • Potential culture of new species


Some examples of Master thesis

Title: Characterization of a non-lethal indicator to predict sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) precocity (2014)
Author: Zehor Ameur, Marine Scientist, Algerian
Place of realization: Instituto de Acuicultura Torre de la Sal, CSIC, Castellón, Spain
Thesis director: Ana Gómez

Title: Seabream (Sparus aurata L.) nutritional programming for the best use of low fish meal and fish oil content diets during ongrowing (2014)
Author: Serhat Turkmen, Aquaculturist, Turkish
Place of realization: Parque Científico Tecnológico de Taliarte, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Thesis directors: Marisol Izquierdo and Javier Roo

Title: Application of histological and osteological techniques to the study of ontogeny in Hippocampus sp. (2012)
Author: Bruno Novelli Atzori, Aquaculturist, Italian
Place of realization: Instituto Canario de Ciencias Marinas, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Thesis director: Lucia Molina and Juan Socorro

Title: Evaluation of 'Nonatec Tag' and 'Coded Wire Tag' tagging systems in seabream (Sparus aurata L.) juveniles: effects on fish growth, survival and welfare (2012)
Author: Aymen Baffoun, Agronomist, Tunisian
Place of realization: Instituto Universitario de Sanidad Animal (IUSA), Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Thesis director: Juan Manuel Afonso and Miguel Angel Ferrer

Title: Detection of growth-affecting QTLs in turbot (Scopthalmus maximus) (2010)
Author: Alex Junior Cerna, Fisheries Engineer, Peruvian
Place of realization: Departamento de Producción Animal,  E.T.S. de Ingenieros Agrónomos, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Thesis directors: Miguel Angel Toro and Jesús Fernández Martín