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The Master’s Degree Program in Ecology and Ethology for Nature Conservation is aimed at training professionals and researchers who have a solid knowledge of the basic issues in the field of Ecology and Ethology for Nature Management and Conservation in the current scenario of global change. Graduates in Ecology and Ethology for Nature Conservation have employment prospects in the private and public sectors dealing with the management of natural resources, the conservation of biodiversity and issues related to human coexistence with wild and domestic animals. The curriculum is consistent with the Ministerial tables for Biological (LM6) and Nature Science (LM60) degrees. It allows, after a state examination, the enrolment in the Register of Biologists. For this reason, the course is an opportunity for students coming from three-year degrees in Biological Sciences and Natural and Environmental Sciences who are interested in acquiring knowledge and professionalism for the correct management of natural populations and communities in a context of global change.
In the first year, the curriculum provides for the teaching of basic subjects, common to both ecological and ethological curricula, completed by practical exercises: statistical analysis, geobotany, geology, paleoclimatology and ecology and ethology. In the second year, instead, the most characteristic and specialized subjects of the courses are studied in depth. The internship and the thesis play a very important role in the educational path as students are guided through a path that leads to the realization of a real individual research project. The thesis seminars represent an innovative aspect of teaching that characterises this course of studies. They allow a control of the progress of the research project, starting from the state of the art, to the practical implementation of experiments in nature or in the laboratory, to the collection and critical analysis of data and their interpretation. This course can also be carried out in research institutions outside the University (parks, museums, companies) and abroad with international exchange programmes