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Once again, EUROPARC Spain and the Fernando González Bernaldez Foundation have launched the XIX edition of the Master en Espacios Naturales Protegidos (Master in Protected Areas) promoted by three prestigious Spanish Universities. Registrations are now open until 31st of October!

A Master degree for future Protected Area managers

The Master in Protected Areas is an advanced postgraduate programme focused on taking students closer to the reality of protected area professional. It is aimed at those who develop or seek to develop their professional activity in the field of nature conservation, both managers and technicians who want to complete their specific training, as well as young graduates interested in working in this field.

It was first released in 2001, it is designed to meet the needs of  different academic and professional trajectories and it has been taught succesfully and without interruption since then. Until today, more than 600 participants from around thirty different nationalities have successfully followed it. The programme aims to tackle both the functioning of natural systems and the management techniques and modes of intervention in the socio-economic environment.

The Master in Protected Natural Spaces is jointly organized by three Spanish universities with extensive experience in the environmental field, the Autonomous University of Madrid, the Complutense University and the University of Alcalá, through the Fernando González Bernáldez Foundation and in collaboration with EUROPARC-Spain. It has the support of the BBVA Foundation that supports a scholarship program for Latin American students. The students obtain at the end of the course the own title of Master in Protected Natural Spaces, issued jointly by the three conveners universities.

Leaflet of the Master in Protected Areas 2019

Leaflet of the Master in Protected Areas 2019

The Master will be fully imparted in Spanish language, although some knowledge of English language for the literature review is advised. During a one year programme composed by face-to-face and virtual sessions, the students will cover:

• An in-depth reflection on nature conservation and environmental management in the context of sectoral policies and strategies at national and international level;

• A critical analysis of the role of protected areas in the context of Global Change and the relationships between ecosystems and sustainability.

• Planning, management and evaluation tools to positively intervene in the conservation of natural spaces;

• Concrete analysis and intervention tools to support the contribution from protected spaces to human well-being;

Funding opportunities

For those interested in economic support, up to 4 scholarships to cover the tuition fees are available and can be requested at the time of pre-registration. The award will be granted based on the professional and academic qualification and on the personal and economic circumstances of the applicants.

The BBVA FOUNDATION, which has among its priorities the promotion of research and environmental training, also collaborates since 2003 by granting scholarships to university graduates and professionals from Latin America. The call for these scholarships for Latin America was closed in February 2018.

Below you can watch the video of the announcement of the Master in Protected Areas 2019:

For more information, please visit the Master en Espacios Naturales Protegidos website, download the leaflet of the Master 2019.

Registrations are now open! Send your engquiries or register by contacting