Degree course in italian
Degree course
Laurea Magistrale
MIUR Class
Classe delle lauree magistrali in Biologia - LM-6 (DM270)
2 anni
Lecce - Università degli Studi
Academic year
Type of access/Available places
Corso ad accesso libero
Career opportunities - Zoologi - Ecologi

Course description

In terms of acquisition of adequate competences and instruments for both written and oral communication; elaboration and presentation of experimental data; ability of team work; transmission and spread of information on biological themes in the current environmental sector. Practical classes include also the use of IT instruments and of scientific texts and/or articles in English, with both group and individual work. The skills for data elaboration and presentation, for the capability of team work, for the transmission and spread of information on biological themes will be mainly acquired during a period of stage (at either private or public research and analysis laboratories, firms, companies and professional orders) and during the preparation of the final exam (the writing of the final essay and the exposition of results), when the verification of the acquisition of these skills will be carried out. lecturers and/or specialized personnel, by final check through tests and/or written reports.
In terms of acquisition of conscious judgement autonomy with reference to: collection, evaluation and interpretation of laboratory experimental data (choice and use of suitable instruments and investigations for a specific research); laboratory security (security forms, sanitary surveillance, regulations and legislation); principles of professional deontology and scientific approaches to bioethical problems. Skill acquisition will be obtained through lectures and seminars by expert lecturers and/or specialized personnel, by final check through tests and/or written reports.
The guidance activities for enrollment, guidance and mentoring in progress, assistance to carry out training periods abroad are carried out by the tutor of the degree course, with the involvement of the Secretariat Services to Students.

The Academic Council in Biology annually identifies the educational tutors among target teachers for the Degree Course in Coastal and Marine Biology and Ecology with duties in the Council of Biology .
The Tutor has the task of tutoring and providing insights to the students enrolled in the undergraduate program. Guidance and mentoring ongoing activity is also played by Welcoming Student Center (WSC) of the University of Salento, available to students enrolled in degree programs who wish to consult career information, apply for Graduate courses, submit applications for incentive grants. The WSC also provides support for streamlining students' career, supporting tutors for disabled students, providing information on awards of study for undergraduates, reservation of exams, access to web mail, submit on- line forms.

The opinions of the students with regard to the performances of the Coastal and Marine Biology and Ecology for the year 2016-2017 highlight positive indicators that are more than satisfactory, significantly and consistently higher than the same weightings of the department and University evaluation, with a maximum positive variance for the question D8 "the integrative teaching activities (tutorials, tutorials, laboratories, etc.) are useful in learning the subject?”. From the comparison of the score of the attendants 2016/17 and 2015/16, as noted by both the Joint Committee and the AQ group, we can highlight a single issue concerning the Master's Degree in Coastal and Marine Biology and Ecology. This is the question D01 reaching in the A.A. 2015/16 a score equal to 85, decreased by 6 points (79%) in the AA 2016-2017. The issue may derive from the heterogeneity of the starting recruitment cohort, which is mostly made up of students coming from other Italian and foreign universities, with heterogeneous background knowledge. In addition or alternatively, this issue could be linked to the exclusive use of English as language of this course of study. The possible corrective actions identified could refer to the organization, prior to the beginning of the aforementioned course of study, both of alignment courses and a course of scientific English. It is worth mentioning that there are already currently seminars in English for three-year students (of SB and STA) by teachers involved in teaching activities of CMM. The CD will verify the possibility of re-proposing initiatives in this sense as early as next autumn. The CDP-DS proposes an assessment of any shortcomings in the preliminary knowledge, before the start of the courses. In this sense, the Chairman of the CD will instruct the Commission for the access test to deepen, during the admission phase, any formative shortcomings.

Among the most recurring suggestions of students (and with a frequency greater than the values ??of the university):
- improve coordination with the other courses, with 29%. The group of AQ suggests to the CD to start regular meetings of the teachers only of the CMBE CdS in order to improve the coordination of the lessons.

(Ref .: Report No. 380 of the C.D. of Biology of 05/14/2018)

Opinioni degli studenti - A cura del Presidio della Qualità D'Ateneo

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Opinioni dei laureati
In terms of acquisition of adequate competences for the development and the advancement of further competence about: mining and consultation of bibliographic material, consultation of data banks and other web information, basic cognitive instruments for the continuous update of own knowledge. These skills will be mainly acquired during the stage period and during the accomplishment of the final essay, during which the acquisition of these skills will be checked. Also the sources for each exam will be mainly based on up-to-date literature surveys, building on textbook knowledge.
Master degree course: LM-6
Free Access (non-selective test)
Location: Campus Ecotekne (via Monteroni – Lecce) buildings A, B, D

The oceans cover 71% of our Planet and most people live on the coasts. Designed for students passionate of marine life and ecosystems, seeking for high professional qualification at international level - A promotional video is available at

Our course: The Coastal and Marine Biology and Ecology (CMBE) Course delivers qualified education on fundamental and applied biological and ecological marine sciences, aiming at understanding of the phenomena at various scales in coastal, transitional, and marine ecosystems.
CMBE is a two-year, second level course according to DM 270/04, without a programmed number of enrolled students. As specified within the related annual CMBE Manifesto for Educational Activities and the admittance call, enrolment to the Course requires the possession of specific curricular requisites and the positive evaluation of the personal preparation of the applicant, according to the terms yearly published in the admission call. To obtain the final qualification, a student must achieve a minimum of 120 CFU's (University Formative Credits) including 30 CFU's related to the final verification test. This is related to reporting about internship or research work experience – previously approved by the Academic Biology Council - at public or private research institutions, Universities, or companies.

Peculiarity: In Italy, this is the first marine biology course entirely taught in English and the only one delivering a double Master degree by the recent agreement (March 2017) between the University of Lille1, and the University of Salento. Students enrolled at one of the two Universities who will spend 6 to 12 months in the second academic year in the other University will earn two master degrees instead of one.

Internationalization: Our faculty members are involved in several European research projects. These links and the ERASMUS+ programme jointly provide our students superb opportunities to spend up to 12 month- mobility periods abroad, and to fulfil a master thesis in prestigious European research institutes. In this context, students from all over Italy and abroad find a stimulating training environment, including practical applications, making the course a true international laboratory.

Job opportunities: The main occupational perspectives deal with research and consultancy work in public bodies and private companies in the field of conservation and management of coastal and marine ecosystems, management of protected areas, assessment of the environmental health status and risks. Also, the CMBE degree opens the access to postgraduate and PhD courses in several areas of Marine Sciences. The availability of a 14-m long research boat and terrestrial vehicles equipped for the different types of sampling activities represent further support to the need of gaining the practical skills typically requested by the international job market.
Graduates in the Corso di Laurea Magistrale (CLM) in Coastal and Marine Biology and Ecology must possess a solid preparation in basic biology, and in the various sectors of applied biology aimed at the understanding of the ecological phenomena at the level of the various scales in coastal, transitional, and marine ecosystems. These skills are acquired in the following areas of learning: Characteristic activities (biodiversity and environment, biomolecular and Bbiomedical); related activities (supplementary and related activities).
In order to provide these skills, the CLM envisages activities aimed at: acquiring deep knowledge on the biology and ecology of coastal and marine ecosystems; activities in disciplines related to biology and ecology and coherent with the objectives of the course, so as to integrate an interdisciplinary formation. In order to provide a practical, operative and adequate training to provide the essential skills of a specialized biologist, the course includes: external activities, such as formative trainings with firms, public administration structures (e.g. Marine Protected Areas) and laboratories, and/or stages with Italian and foreign universities, also within the framework of international agreements (e.g. the European Network Euromarine); practical classes in classrooms and/or in the field.
There is a single training program.
The final examination for the achievement of the LM in Coastal and Marine Biology and Ecology consists in the presentation and discussion in public , in front of an appointed commission, of a written text (thesis). The topic will be agreed upon with a docent of the Course of Coastal and Marine Biology and Ecology, and must be the result of an original experimental research carried out during the stage time (corresponding to 30 CFU).
The thesis work should be carried out under the leadership of a Speaker and can be carried out or in the laboratories of the university, or in public and/or private research institutions, located in Italy or abroad.
If the thesis is carried out in external structures (out of the University) it is necessary to appoint an external rapporteur, as well as the internal one.
By the final test the student must demonstrate the cultural maturity, the ability to personal computing, and the ability to effectively communicate the theme addressed.
For the internship and the graduation examination, please refer to the information contained in the regulation of placement / internship published on the webpage of the Academic Biology Council, as specified below.

For the assignment of the final grade, the following rules will be applied:
At the average of marks obtained in all disciplines examinations, expressed in terms of one hundred and tent, are added:
- 1 point if the applicant has passed at least two exams with a score of thirty and praise;

- 1 point if the applicant is regularly enrolled for the first time to the second year of the course;

- 1 point if the applicant did an internship or job training abroad, under the ERASMUS+ program framework or equivalent mobility and cooperation agreement (*);

- up to 7 points, subject to decision of the Commission, for the value of the final thesis and of its
public presentation.

(*) ERASMUS+ internship rules for minimum 3 months duration. For non-ERASMUS internships, equivalence must be previously approved by the Students-Faculty Joint Commission and the Academic Biology Board.

For the proposal to assign the praise, the candidate must get all the seven points available to the Commission and reach - adding all the above points - the threshold of at least 113/hundred and ten.

Candidates whose average marks in each examination is equal to 110/110, at the proposal of the rapporteur, the Commission may assign MENTION OF MERIT.
Admission to the Master's Degree (Corso di Laurea Magistrale) in Coastal and Marine Biology and Ecology requires the possession of a three-year degree or a three-year university diploma, or any other title obtained abroad and recognized as suitable. To be enrolled in the Master's Degree in Coastal and Marine Biology and Ecology, candidates must possess the following curricular requisites (expressed in terms of CFU University Formative Credits referred to the groups of sectors listed below):
1) GROUP 1 (Botanica Generale, Botanica Sistematica, Botanica Ambientale e Applicata, Zoologia, Ecologia): from 6 to 40;
2) GROUP 2 (Anatomia Comparata e Citologia, Fisiologia, Biochimica, Genetica, Microbiologia): from 6 to 20;
3) GROUP 3 (Analisi Matematica, Probabilita' e Statistica Matematica, Fisica Matematica, Chimica Generale ed Inorganica, Chimica Organica): from 5 to 20.

To be admitted to the following evaluation of the adequacy of their personal preparation, candidates must have at least 60 CFU’s (calculated as the sum of the possessed CFU in the three disciplinary groups reported above). In addition to the requisites listed above, students must also possess adequate knowledge of the English language. This knowledge will be evaluated during the test of the initial preparation. These requirements are not applicable to English mother-tongue students.
To be enrolled to the Master Course in Coastal and Marine Biology and Ecology, the candidate must be in possession of three-year degree or three-year university degree or another qualification obtained abroad and recognized as valid.
In order to enroll in the master's degree, the candidate must possess the following curricular (expressed in terms of CFU and refer to the areas listed groups): 1) GROUP 1 (General Botany, Systematic Botany, Environmental and Applied Botany, Zoology, Ecology ): from 6 to 40; 2) GROUP 2 ((Comparative Anatomy and Cytology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology): 6 to 20; 3) GROUP 3 (Mathematical Analysis, Probability 'and Mathematical Statistics, Mathematical Physics, General and Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry) : 5 to 20. the candidate, to be admitted to the next evaluation of the adequacy of personal preparation, must have a total of at least 60 credits (calculated as the sum of the CFU held in the three groups of subjects listed above).
The curricular requirements refer to basic knowledge. Any curricular in terms of university credits to be acquired by the candidate, before gaining access to the adequacy of personal preparation, by going beyond the single teaching exams.

For the assessment of personal preparation to admission to a Master of Science (article 6, paragraph 2 and art. 11, paragraph 7 of DM 16 March 2007), the student must take a consistent input test an interview in English. The test will include the verification of the individual preparation with reference to scientific areas obtained by the student in previous career, and that contributed to the possession of the curricular requirements. In addition to the above requirements, applicants must have an adequate knowledge of English, which will be assessed during the admission interview. Upon completion of the entrance examination, an alphabetical list of admitted studentes will be issued, with the results of the test ( "suitable" / "unfit"). The test will include the verification of the individual preparation with reference to scientific areas obtained by the student in previous career, and that contributed to the possession of the curricular requirements.

Number of seats reserved for non-EU students :40 (of which 5 for Chinese students).


The course aims to prepare professionals with high knowledge in the various sectors of applied biology aimed at the understanding of the ecological phenomena that are realized at the level of the various scales in coastal, transitional, and marine ecosystems.


Graduates in Coastal and marine Biology and Ecology will be able to:
- design, lead, support, carry on research projects in response to public calls (from the EU, States, Regions, Municipalities) and private companies interested in the development of human activies in different productive sectors addressing the management and valorization of coastal and marine environments (eg. fishery, aquaculture, tourism, conservation biology, coastal management, environmental impact assessment);
- act as consultants in private firms or in public bodies, provide assessment and expert recommendation on different sectors in marine and coastal as defined above;
- design the content of books, articles, TV programs related to the marine environment, lead, support, carry out training programmes and dissemination events;

In this framework, on 11th February 2015 the TCB came to the decision to organise every year seminars aiming to provide the new graduates with basic theorical and practical information required to find out a rapid connection with the job market. Therefore, in agreement with the scope and objectives of the Master course CBME, TCB will invite experts in the different fields of coastal and marine biology and ecology (to bring their professional experience and recommendations on how to seek for employments in the field.


 Graduates in Coastal and marine Biology and Ecology:
 have a deep knowledge of the biology and ecology of coastal and marine ecosystems;
 have a deep knowledge of sampling techniques, of analytical instruments, and of the techniques of data acquisition and analysis;
 have an advanced knowledge of supporting statistical, mathematical, and informatics instruments; master the scientific method;
 be able to use the acquired knowledge to tackle applied problems in the control, conservation, and management of biodiversity, of the functioning of coastal and marine ecosystems, and of the goods and services they provide;
 be able to use the English language fluently, both in written and oral form, with special reference to scientific English;
 be able to work in full autonomy,also being responsible of projects and structures.of Biologists).


A Master's Degree in Coastal and Marine Biology and Ecology allows you to:
- access to postgraduate courses (on competition);
- access to PhD courses (on competition);
- work in private laboratories;
- held positions of responsibility in private and public laboratories as researchers and/or consultants;
- practice the profession of biologist (after enrollment in the National Order of Biologists)
- members of environmental offices in the Municipalities of coastal towns.
- Directors or Staff members of Marine Protected Areas.

Course modules