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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|
|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|
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.
|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|
|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|
|September to January||Specific 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|
|February to July||Professional 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 year||Early September||All 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.|