Madrid, Spain
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The MSc in Protected Areas is a postgraduate course organized annually since 2001 by three Spanish Universities (UAM, UAH, UCM) and the Fernando González Bernáldez Foundation, together with EUROPARC-Spain. It is aimed at protected areas rangers and managers who wish to further or update their skills, as well as at young graduates who are interested in a career in nature conservation and protected areas management

The course aims to give students the skills required for successful protected area and nature management. In order to do so it provides a broad training both in social and natural sciences. The course is organized as a full-time, one-year program (60 ECTS) divided into two terms and a field trip, from February to June and from September to December. Classes are held in Madrid, and are provided in Spanish. Its faculty combine university professors and researchers together with managers, consultants, and experts.

Course content

The course runs for two terms. The coursework is taught interactively through lectures, seminars, workshops and discussions.

First term (January to June)
PART I: Presentation and conceptual basis
State of the art
Ecosystem management
Sustainable development and ecosystem services

PART II: Tools for management
Legislation, planning and management
Governance and socio-ecosystems in a changing world
Public use (visitors and tourism)

Field trip: Field trip (*Part III)

Second term (September to December)
PART II: Tools for management (cont.)
Participation and communication
Management capacities: monitoring, evaluation, team and personal skills, information systems

PART III: Case studies and integration
Protected Areas in Latin America, Europe and the Mediterranean
Integration. Challenges and opportunities
Internships and final Master Thesis

Student internships are offered in protected areas, public administrations, NGOs, and consulting firms. Students should complete a final Master Thesis. The thesis is designed to give practical experience of desk-based or field research and provide the opportunity to learn a wide range of skills that build upon those taught earlier in the course. The project will be supervised by a member of the Master’s faculty.

Graduates are ideally placed to work for protected areas, large international or small local NGOs and environmental consulting firms.

Further information (in Spanish) can be found here:

6 reviews on “MSc in Protected Areas

    Pedro Lizaso on

    Great learning and training experience. Best of all the on-campus experience of exchange and friendship with participants from all over Spain and many Latin American countries, with different backgrounds and previous trainings. Faculty not only “academic” but alos PAs professionals and experts from NGOs and public administrations.

    María Muñoz on

    Please check this MSc in Protected Areas if you are looking for post-graduate education in Protected Areas in Spanish. This course gathers teachers from 3 Spanish Universities and also people from business, NGOs, and managers of PAs as well. Students come from different countries. Spanish is the working language.

    Marta Mugica on

    This Master is a unique opportunity to learn and apply new approaches from great teachers coming from different Universities and also practitioners from many protected areas. The combination of European and Latinamerican students is also very fruitful.

    Mateo Múgica on

    As far as I know this is the leading programme in Spanish for those seeking a postgraduate education in natural parks and protected areas, with an emphasis in the social, recreational and educational values of parks and opportunities for short internships in Spanish protected areas and conservation organizations.

    Guillermo Sandoval on

    Great experience in Madrid in the MASTER EN ESPACIOS PROTEGIDOS, with nice opportunities to share with students from many different countries. A lot of different lectures, perspectives and an up-to-date, critical revision of protected areas, their main problems and practical aspects.

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