Master in Law and Economics of the Sea – Ocean Governance

Undock the future


Sea Governance is an interdisciplinary, unique and innovative program dedicated to the study of all issues related to ocean governance.

Internationally distinguished as one of the best master’s programs at a global level, it will hereafter be lectured in English, reinforcing its international scope, conscious that on the oceans we meet the main challenges and opportunities for sustainable global development.

NOVA School of Law is the sole Portuguese institution forming part of the UN and Nippon Foundation of Japan, with a program of study devoted to the Law of the Sea. It is engaged in supporting students for both public and private entities, as well as in research at some of the most important international institutions on maritime issues.

This master’s is taught in English.


Armando Marques Guedes

Assunção Cristas

Vasco Becker-Weinberg

Scientific Commission

President: Armando Marques Guedes | Board Members: Assunção Cristas (taught component) | Vasco Becker- Weinberg (non-taught component)


The Master’s offers specialized training paths on the sea via a multidisciplinary and integrated approach committed
to sustainable development. It offers a Post-Graduate Certificate (1st phase) while simultaneously generating the conditions to continue studies towards the completion of our Master’s degree in Law and Economy of the Sea (2nd phase).

Target Applicant

Academic qualifications are accepted from a wide range of disciplines. In the last few years, Law and Economics
of the Sea students have come from Law, Economics, Management, Finance, Social and Political Sciences, International Relations, Geography, Marine Biology, and Engineering backgrounds. Our syllabus is designed to enhance new holistic approaches to maritime studies and thus offer new tools attuned to its better governance.


This course is taught after working hours*.

*Some Optional Curricular Units may have schedules that do not match the timetable of the course.


Study Cycle


A3ES Decision

Number of Years

Publication of the A3ES decision

DGES registration number

Regulation/Study Programme

Law and Economics of the Sea




R/A-Cr 267/2015

Tuition Fees, Emoluments/Charges and Taxes Fees

Tuition fees are subject to approval of the General Council of NOVA University, Lisbon.


  • Application fee: 51.00€
  • Administrative costs per registration/enrolment (each year): 35.00€
  • Institution insurance (each year): 3.00€
  • Annual fee for the taught component: 3,900.00€
  • Non-taught component (dissertation), 1 year: 1,000.00€

Consult the full documentation regarding fees, emoluments and taxes for the academic year in question.

Tuition fees are annual and due in full upon enrolment in the course. The payment in instalments is allowed for the students’ mere convenience.

In the case of withdrawal from the course, the amounts already paid are not refundable. The remaining tuition fee payments due for the academic year to which the application relates must also be paid.

Only in situations where the applicant does not complete the degree which he/she is applying with (in these cases, the applicant must submit a declaration from the institution of higher education by September 2021), the amounts paid for the tuition fee will be reimbursed (application fee, school insurance and administrative costs are not reimbursed).

The application fee is to be paid by ATM or PayPal. The reference will be given online upon submission of the application form.

Merit Scholarship

  • Students whose final average admission to this Master is equal to or higher than 17 points (on a scale 0-20) benefit from a 50% discount on the total amount of the tuition fee, which cannot be combined with other discounts;
  • Students whose final average admission to this Master is equal to or higher than 16 points (on a scale 0-20) benefit from a 30% discount on the total amount of the tuition fee, which cannot be combined with other discounts;
  • Three merit scholarships will be granted in the non-curricular semester (in either the master’s or specialization area): one corresponding to the total of the tuition fee, which will be awarded to the best grade in the taught component, and the other two merit scholarships will be granted to the second and third best classifications, which will receive a reduction of 50% of the tuition fee. To assess the best classifications in the taught component, only the classifications obtained in the NOVA School of Law will be taken into account. This scholarship assumes the conclusion of the taught component is within the stipulated time limit. 

Alumni Discount

  • Students or ex-students (undergraduate, graduate, master’s and doctoral) with a degree already completed at NOVA School of Law benefit from a 10% discount on the tuition fee, in addition to the financial discount.

Financial Discount

  • Students who choose to pay tuition fees in a single initial payment receive a 5% discount on the amount to be paid.

Current Protocol Discounts

Discount of 25%, which cannot be combined with other discounts, for members of:

  • Association of Portuguese Judges and the Trade Union;
  • Association of Public Prosecution Service Magistrates.

* Discount on the annual fee, within the degree’s stipulated time limit 

* Discounts are applied on the final payment of the tuition fee.

National and International Students.

Annual fee for the taught component: 3,900.00€


InstalmentsAmount €Payment deadline
1st payment600.00€From 6 to 12 April 2021
2nd payment366.67€From 1 to 10 July 2021
3rd payment366.67€From 1 to 10 September 2021
4th payment366.67€From 1 to 10 October 2021
5th payment366.67€From 1 to 10 November 2021
6th payment366.67€From 1 to 10 January 2022
7th payment366.67€From 1 to 10 February 2022
8th payment366.67€From 1 to 10 March 2022
9th payment366.67€From 1 to 10 April 2022
10th payment366.67€From 1 to 10 May 2022

Tuition fees are annual and are due in full upon enrolment in the course.

Students may also choose to pay the annual tuition fee in 4 installments, in which case they should select this option during registration.

Annual fee for the research component: 1,000.00€     

InstalmentsAmount €Payment deadline
1st payment500.00€From 1 to 10 September 2021
2nd payment500.00€From 1 to 10 October 2021
3rd payment500.00€From 1 to 10 November 2021
4th payment500.00€From 1 to 10 January 2022

If the student does not deliver the dissertation within the time limit, they can register for another semester, paying the corresponding fee of 500.00€

Emoluments/Charges and Taxes

The charges presented in the table below are currently applicable. The publication of the national table of fees and charges of academic acts and services of public university education and polytechnic higher education is still awaited, and consequently charges may change at any time.

DesignationAmount €Payment Deadline
Administrative costs per enrolment/registration35.00€Upon registration/enrolment
Institution Insurance3.00€Upon registration/enrolment
Registration Certificate6.00€At the time of request
Conclusion Certificate50.00€At the time of request
Improvement grade exam15.00€At the time of request

Payments must be made by ATM or PayPal using the references available in the Restricted Area. Failure to make tuition fee payments within the indicated periods may incur an increased charge in the amount to be paid, or the suspension of registration and enrolment, as well as annulment of all acts performed in the academic year to which the non-compliance relates.


The completion of the Masters gave me a deep and extensive knowledge of the multiple aspects of Ocean Governance. It offers a coherent and broad academic program, which exceeded my own expectations. The Masters provides effective answers to the increasingly complex challenges of Ocean Governance. The scholarship program provides additional motivation for students to work hard and to achieve good results, in line with the standards of the NOVA School of Law. During the second year of the Masters, I had the opportunity of taking part in an internship at the Directorate-General for Natural Resources and Maritime Services, where I had an active role in drafting of the Portugal’s Marine Spatial Plan. It was a very rewarding experience, both academically and personally, and undoubtedly an added value for my CV. Completing the Master was only the beginning. I am now even more determined to pursue studies in Marine Spatial Planning at NOVA School of Law.
Carla Roque Dias
PhD Student
When I decided to apply for the Master’s program in Law and the Sea Economy, I had previously completed a Masters and was doing a PhD. However, fortunately, I decided to suspend my PhD to undertake the Master’s program. I took this decision because I understood that the Masters could supplement my knowledge and, above all, that it could open a new path, a new professional challenge, which it eventually did. Ocean Governance is demanding and requires a solid knowledge base in order to meet the present and future challenges. In my case, at present I am an advisor for the Municipality of Cascais on Ocean matters. As for the future, my professional career will always be linked to the Ocean, which naturally will require the reinforcement of the knowledge I gained at NOVA School of Law, in addition to completing my PhD.
Jorge Freire
Advisor at Câmara Municipal de Cascais

Curricular Plan

1st Year - Taught Component

1st semesterECTS
International Law of the Sea and International Courts6
Maritime Law and Civil Liability4
Maritime Security4
Natural Marine Resources and the Ocean Economy6
Ocean Policies4
Optional (LAW 18 ECTS)
Energy Law4
Data Protection and Management Law6
Emerging Technologies: Governance and Regulation4
Business, Human Rights and Sustainability4
Financial Instruments Law4
Insurance Law4
International Humanitarian Law6
2nd semesterECTS
Economic Models for Sustainable Ocean Economy4
Financing Sustainable Blue Economy and Integration of Policies and Development4
Environmental Law4
Optional (Social Sciences: 4 ECTS)
The Sea and Maritime Identity4
Ocean Governance4
Course offered by the NOVA FCSH Jean Monet Chair in EU Integrated Maritime Policy and Blue Growth (to be confirmed)6
Optional (Law: 18 ECTS)
International Commercial Law6
Port’s Law and Shipping Management4
Startup Lifecycle6
European Law of the Sea4
EU Asylum and Migration Law6

2nd Year - Research Component

1st semester / 2nd semesterECTS
Thesis, internship at national or international institution or project work60



Length 4 Semesters

120 ECTS

Taught in English

Places: 30 places

Applications from students who prove they will be able to complete their bachelor’s degree.

1st Phase of Applications:

  • Submission of applications: From 1 to 28 February 2022
  • Announcement of placements: 9 March 2022
  • Complaint about placements: From 9 to 16 March 2022
  • Enrolment: From 16 to 22 March 2022


Holders of a bachelor’s degree (licenciatura) or legal equivalent.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be selected according to the following parameters:

  • Final grade of the degree which the applicant is applying with (50%);
  • Relevance and suitability of previous background to the master’s degree course with regard to the pluridisciplinary nature of the course (50%); the jury assigns each applicant a grade of 0 to 20, based on analysis of the letter of motivation and curriculum vitae. If necessary, the members of the jury may decide to conduct an interview with all or some of the applicants. Due consideration is given to: (i) a degree in Law, Economics, Management, Public Policies, Marine Sciences, Political Sciences, Military Sciences, Social Sciences; (ii) for post-Bologna graduates, a degree corresponding to at least 240 ECTS;
  • Applicants with a rating lower than 9.5 will automatically be excluded.

Submission of Applications (Online):

  • Completion of the application form (online);
  • Payment of the application fee using the ATM or PayPal reference provided through the submission procedure (51.00€);
  • Online submission of the following documents: motivation letter, curriculum vitae (European model), copy of the course(s) certificate(s); copy of the tax number identification card; copy of the Identification Card;
  • Applicants conditioned upon the conclusion of the bachelor’s degree must submit an interim academic transcript showing the subjects already completed with their final grades, and the degree, the institution, expected average and the conclusion date. In addition, a statement from the institution of higher education where they are attending the degree should be submitted, proving their academic situation;
  • Applicants with foreign qualifications must send an academic transcript or a declaration with the final average of the degree;
  • Applicants who do not report the final grade average, expected or completed will be graded with a minimum score of 10 on the 0-20 scale;
  • During the application, candidates must submit a request for accreditation of academic qualifications and professional experience obtained before entering the study cycle. For this purpose, the applicant must complete the appropriate form and attach all relevant documentation. When the request for accreditation occurs at the time of the application, the accreditation is not a sufficient condition to be accepted into the study cycle and only can be granted after the admission into the study cycle, in the same study cycle only.

All documents must be presented in Portuguese, English, French or Spanish, and endorsed by the competent authority of the State where the document originates.

Applications omitting the documents requested or where the application fee has not been paid will be rejected. 

Applications available through the NOVA School of Law applications portal.


Readmission is the act by which a student, after interruption of studies in an institution/course of higher education, enrols in the same institution and enrols in the same course or in a course which has replaced it.

SCHOOL YEAR 2021/2022


Students who can apply for readmission to any cycle of studies:

  • Must have already been enrolled and enrolled at the NOVA School of Law, in the same course or in a course in which they are already registered, without having completed it
  • Must not have been enrolled in that course in the previous academic year to the one in which they intend to be readmitted to
  • Those students whose registration has lapsed due to the requirements in force may apply for readmission once two school semesters have elapsed since the date of the regulations

The Faculty reserves the right to refuse readmission to applications from students whose curricular record indicates serious difficulties in adapting to the study plan in force and to the type of teaching provided at the NOVA School of Law. Requests from students who are in debt to the Faculty for tuition fees or any other amounts will be rejected, subject to the provisions of Law Nº. 75/2019, of September 2.

Deadlines for submission of applications: –
2nd semester 2021/2022

Submission of the application

From 14 to 23 January 2022

Announcement of placements

28 January 2022

Complaint about placements

28 January to 04 February 2022


07 to 11 February 2022

Instructions for submitting the application (online):

The application is submitted online through the website of NOVA School of Law by filling in a form and uploading the necessary documents, namely:

  • Online submission of a simple photocopy of the citizen card or passport (international applicants)
  • Payment of the application fee through the Multibanco/PayPal references that will appear during the application process 70.00€ (non-refundable)

The student must print proof of the online application, essential for any subsequent steps.

Fees and emoluments:



Administrative cost per enrolment/registration (annual)


School insurance


Registration certificate


Note: to these amounts must be added the annual fees applicable to the study cycle relevant to the academic year 2021/22 (see the relevant notice).

Tuition fees are fixed annually by the General Council of the NOVA University Lisbon.

The reading of this information does not exempt consultation of the relevant legislation and regulations, the public notice of fees, and the table of fees in force of the respective school year.

Applications that are not accompanied by all the documents or whose fee has not been paid will automatically be rejected.

Regulations Applicable: Decree-Law Nº. 36/2014, of March 10th, altered by Decree-Law Nº. 62/2018, of August 6th, and Regulation Nº. 436/2020, of April 28th, of the NOVA School of Law.

Applications through the NOVA School of Law applications portal.