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Key facts of IMAE study programme: Overall the study programme offers 100 teaching units dispatched throughout the two years (respectively 38 in year 1 and 62 within the five specialization tracks in year 2). Such offer can be categorized as follows: 50% of “Concept in applied & fundamental Ecology” units, completed by 6% of units with a “Transdisciplinary approach”, 20% of the units present an “Immersion in socioeconomic/cultural sectors” with non academic professionals and 24% of the training is dedicated to the “Tools in Ecology” with methods and transferable skills (overview of the study programme).

IMAE programme has been designed with two main academic objectives: i) to expose the students to real and complex situations (up to 40% of the modules include a field session) and ii) to ensure the students a flexibility with a balance between compulsory and elective modules especially during specialization track (about 70% of the units are elective).

Learning outcomes: At the end of the two-year programme, you will: i) Acquire skills, assess and apply complex management concepts in order to solve today’s and tomorrow’s environmental challenges; ii) Gain knowledge in natural and environmental sciences and their practical application; iii) Gain knowledge of methods in system analysis, modeling, geographic information systems (GIS) and data management; iv) Train in the use of bio-indicators and bio-monitoring approaches to assess environmental quality; v) Acquire skills on advanced data management and interpretation from environmental quality assessment studies; vi) Learn how to conceptualize adaptive management, including economic and social aspects and vii) Develop collaboration skills by working in international and interdisciplinary teams.

Preparatory phase before arrival in Europe (propaedeutic period)
From selection acknowledgement to arrival (Summer)Competences checking using readings, experimental protocols, quiz and slideshows available online.
Free access to a professional language training platform.
Students’ arrival and integration in France
First year
Period P0
UP, France
Early September
Create a group cohesion and explain the programme - Support students in their first integration phase and administrative tasks - Meet freshly graduated students finishing the programme during IMAE Symposium.
Extended scientific study programme in UP, with session in USFQ
UP, France
September to February
Courses to understand concepts in ecology and the design of ecological studies.
Train the students to modern tools associated to applied ecology studies.
First year
Period P1
USFQ, Ecuador
Approach human impact on ecosystems equilibrium in three tropical contexts in USFQ field stations (Andean highlands, Amazonian rain forest; Galapagos archipelago)
Elective training in UC or CAU
First year
Period P2
April to July (UC / CAU)Choice between two specializations focused on temperate ecosystems: Environmental Quality & Ecotoxicology (UC, Portugal); Functional approach of ecosystems (Kiel, Germany)
Specialization theoretical training in UP, UC, UEA, CAU or UFRGS
Second year
Period P3
September to JanuarySpecific training following the specialization, corresponding to the recognized expertise domain of one of the five degree awarding institution (research oriented or professional approach).
Masters Thesis hosted institution UP, UC, UEA, CAU, USFQ, UFRGS, UA, UO, UGA
Second year
Period P4
February to JulyProfessional experience under the supervision of one of the nine partners. The internship can be carried out in a laboratory or in a private/public structure for at least six months.
Programme completion by the IMAE Farewell Congress in France
Second yearEarly SeptemberAll the students to Poitiers for IMAE farewell congress with formal presentations of their Masters Thesis project followed by the official awards ceremony. Meeting the new cohort.