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.

 

GOALS
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 Ecnomics
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.

 

TIMETABLE
This course is taught after working hours.

 

CERTIFICATION

Study Cycle

Degree

A3ES Decision

Number of Years

Publication of the A3ES decision

DGES registration number

Publication in Diário da República

Law and Economics of the Sea

Master

accredited

6

R/A-Cr 267/2015

Curricular Plan

Mandatory OB
Optional OP

The curricular component corresponds to 60 ECTS and consists of 14 mandatory course units.

1st Year - Taught Component

ECTS
The Sea and Maritime Identity 4
Maritime Policies 4
International Law of the Sea and Maritime Law 4
Natural Marine Resources and the Economy of the Sea 6
Maritime Security 4
Maritime Law and Civil Liability 4
European Sea Law 4
Economic Models for Maritime Development: from Economics to Law 4
National and European Financing and Integration of Policies and Development 4
Maritime-Portuary Management and Portuary Law 4
Insurance Law 4
Energy Law 4
International Commercial Law 6
International Courts and the Sea 4 4
O
B

2nd Year - Research Component

ECTS
Thesis, internship at a national or international institution or project work 60
O
B

Coordinators

Armando Marques Guedes
Full Professor and CEDIS Director
Armando Marques Guedes
Assunção Cristas
Associate Professor
Assunção Cristas
Vasco Becker-Weinberg
Guest Professor
Vasco Becker-Weinberg

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

(licenciatura) by September 2020 will be accepted.

 

APPLICATIONS

DEADLINES

– Submission of applications …………………………………………. from 16 March to 30 April;

– Placement results ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 22 April;

– Submission of complaints over results ………………………………… from 22 to 30 April;

– Enrolment ……………………………………………………………………………………………. from 5 to 12 June;

 

2nd Phase 

– Submission of applications ………………………………………………………….. from 1 to 30 June;

– Placement results …………………………………………………………………………………………………… 15 July;

– Submission of complaints over results ……………………………………. from 15 to 22 July;

– Enrolment …………………………………………………………………………………………… from 22 to 29 July;

 

3rd Phase 

– Submission of applications ……………………………………………….. from 6 July to 6 August;

– Placement results ……………………………………………………….….…………….…………………… 31 August;

– Submission of complaints over results ……..…. from 31 August to 4 September;

– Enrolment ……………………………………………….….…………….………………… from 1 to 4 September;

 

REQUIREMENTS
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):

Applications available from March 16th to April 30th in NOVA School of Law applications portal.
– 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.

 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.

 

FEES*

– 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€
(annual amount paid in 8 instalments (1 x 800
.00€ + 6 x 442.86 + 1 x 442.84€)

– Research component, one more semester …………………………………………………………………. 500.00€

 

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

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

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

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.

 

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.

– 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.

– 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 (for the entire study cycle) receive a 5% discount on the amount to be paid;

– Students who choose to pay tuition fees in two annual payments receive a 2.5% 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 is only provided if the degree is completed within the stipulated time limit.

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

 

TUITION FEES, EMOLUMENTS/CHARGES AND TAXES
National and International Students

 

Annual fee for the taught component: 3900.00€

Instalments Amount € Payment deadline
1.st payment 800.00€ Upon registration/enrolment
2.nd payment 442.86€ From 1 to 10 September 2020
3.rd payment 442.86€ From 1 to 10 October 2020
4.th payment 442.86€ From 1 to 10 January 2021
5.thpayment 442.86€ From 1 to 10 February 2021
6.th payment 442.86€ From 1 to 10 March 2021
7.th payment 442.86€ From 1 to 10 April 2021
8.th payment 442.84€ From 1 to 10 May 2021

 

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

 

Annual fee for the research component: 1000.00€                            

Instalments Amount € Payment deadline
1.st payment 250.00€ Upon registration/enrolment
2.ndpayment 250.00€ From 1 to 10 January 2021
3.rd payment 250.00€ From 1 to 10 March 2021
4.thpayment 250.00€ From 1 to 10 May 2021

 

Students who have already been admitted onto the Master’s Degree continue to pay the amounts published at the time of their application. If the students do not conclude the course in due time, the amounts published in this current notice will be applied.

 

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.

 

Designation Amount € Payment Deadline
Administrative costs per enrolment/registration 35.00€ Upon registration/enrolment
Institution Insurance 3.00€ Upon registration/enrolment
Registration Certificate 6.00€ At the time of request
Conclusion Certificate 50.00€ At the time of request
Improvement grade exam 15.00€ At the time of request

 

Payments must be made by ATM or Paypal using the references available at Netpa (the student 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 nullity of all acts performed in the academic year to which the non-compliance relates.

Testimonials

Carla Roque Dias

Carla Roque Dias

PhD Student

“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.”

Jorge Freire

Jorge Freire

Advisor at Câmara Municipal de Cascais

“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.”