Second Part of the Master


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.


Introduction to research (15 ECTS)

Basic tools to seek information and documentation and learn methods and techniques applicable to fisheries research

Internships (15 ECTS)

Internships will be conducted in research departments, firms and other institutions that collaborate with the Master in order for participants to learn techniques and study methods related to the topic on which their Master thesis will be based. It will also be possible to conduct extracurricular traineeships, for example, participation in fisheries assessment campaigns on board oceanographic research vessels

Final Master Project (Master thesis) (30 ECTS)

The Final Master Project (FMP) will be related to any of the topics addressed in the programme from the perspective of fisheries management or research and may be conducted in international institutions, universities, research centres, services of the public administration and private companies. In the last two editions, the Master students have carried out their FMPs at the Universities of Alicante, Barcelona, Girona, Vigo, the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture of the FAO, the General Fisheries Commission of the Mediterranean, the IEO Oceanographic Centres of Malaga, Murcia, Madrid and Tenerife, the CSIC Institutes of Marine Science of Barcelona and of Marine Research of Vigo, the WWF Bureau for the Mediterranean, and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)


Most common topics for Master of Science theses

  • Fisheries stock assessment using models and indicators
  • Development and application of bioeconomic modelling tools
  • Fisheries sustainability and management strategies
  • Socio-economic analyses of fishing systems in particular countries or regions
  • Valorization and marketing of sea products
  • Environmental impact of fisheries activities


Some examples of Master thesis

Title: Study on the migratory and reproduction behaviour of Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) in the Western Mediterranean and Central and Eastern Atlantic (2015)
Author: Safa Chaabani, Agronomist, Tunisian
Place of realization: WWF Mediterranean Programme Office, Barcelona, Spain
Thesis directors: Gemma Quílez-Badia and Sergi Tudela

Title: The trawling fishery of the Gulf of Alicante: Standardization of catch per unit effort and estimation of indices of abundance (2015)
Author: Marouan Bahloul, Agronomist, Tunisian
Place of realization: Departamento de Ciencias del Mar y Biología Aplicada, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Alicante, Spain
Thesis directors: Aitor Forcada and Mohamed Samy Kamal

Title: Implications of the application of the new European Common Fisheries policy on the landing of discards. Santa Pola Port as a case study in the Spanish Mediterranean Sea (2013)
Author: Santiago García Rivera, Marine Sciences, Spanish
Place of realization: Centro Oceanográfico de Murcia, Instituto Español de Oceanografía, Murcia, Spain
Thesis directors: José María Bellido and José Luis Sánchez Lizaso

Title: Analysis of fishing effort distribution of the trawl fleet in the area adjacent to the Permanent Closed Area of the Argentinian Exclusive Economic Zone (2013)
Author: Mariana Mazzini, Geographer, Argentinian
Place of realization: Departamento de Ciencias del Mar y Biología Aplicada, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Alicante, Spain
Thesis director: José Luis Sánchez Lizaso

Title: The Blue and red shrimp fishery of Palamos: new management plan proposal (2010)
Author: Montserrat Bargallo, Marine Sciences, Spanish
Place of realization: Grupo de Estudios Sociales de la Pesca Marítima, Facultad de Letras, Universidad de Girona, Spain
Thesis director: Joan Lluis Alegret