Master Program

The Master Research Program on Climate Change and Marine Sciences (MRP-CCMS) in Cabo Verde is hosted by the Institute of Engineering and Marine Sciences (ISECMAR) at the Atlantic Technical University (UTA). This master’s program is implemented under close partnership with the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, the University of Kiel and the Thünen Institute (Hamburg) as German partners and IMAR (Institute of the Sea), as the national partner.

The MRP-CCMS aims to create critical mass in the fields of climate science, marine science, and marine and coastal management in West Africa. The program ensures students receive interdisciplinary knowledge transfer and develop technical skills to better understand coastal and ocean ecosystems and their interconnectedness in this region. With theoretical knowledge and applied skills, students are able to develop solution-oriented projects in the said areas, in a context of climate change, in the region and globally.


The main objective of the MRP-CCMS is to develop competences on Climate Change and Marine Sciences, with special reference to how climate impacts coastal ecosystems and society. The MRP-CCMS will annually train up to 20 international MSc students/graduates.

More specifically, the objectives of this Master's programme are:
   - To understand marine and climate change processes and impacts.
   - To address climate change adaptation and mitigation.

By developing skills and competencies in:
   - Ocean observation (instrument operation, sample and environmental data collection, time series analysis).
   - Laboratory analysis of key parameters (biological, chemical, and physical measurements).
   - Coastal management data collection (marine resources, human use, etc.).
   - Access to international databases, data processing and analysis (with appropriate computer application packages).
   - Mathematical modelling (with appropriate computer routines).
   - Ocean governance (international and regional approaches, social needs, and welfare).

Shipboard Training

One of the main practical activities of the Master Research Program on Climate Change and Marine Sciences is training in ocean observation on board of a local vessel and/or an international German research vessel.

Students also undertake various communication activities via blog and other social media in addition to training on oceanographic equipment deployment, sample analysis, data collection and analysis, and reporting.
Furthermore, they are usually involved in the implementation of an international scientific project with the scientific team.