RECEPTION AND ORIENTATION
In addition to the information on postgraduate studies provided by the UPV/EHU and the UPNA via their websites, this page will have a link to a specific website for the Master’s Degree (developed in collaboration with IMK, a public company of the Basque Government’s Department for the Environment, Spatial Planning and Agriculture & Fisheries), which will provide clear and precise information on all aspects that may be of interest to students when it comes to making decisions regarding enrolment, the study programme and the proposed assessment procedures.
SUPPORT AND ORIENTATION AFTER ENROLMENT
Once enrolled, the UPV/EHU and the UPNA Universities Master’s Degree management standards establish that each student shall have a personal tutor (assigned by the Master’s Academic Committee after enrolment) and a director for their End of Master’s Thesis (which each student will choose based on the work carried out by faculty staff each year). Both will act as guidance counsellors when it comes to taking the decisions required to correctly complete the postgraduate studies. Besides, the Postgraduate Studies and Continuing Education Unit will offer the support required to manage other matters relating to the course (grant requests, calls for proposals, certificates, changes to enrolment, recognition of credits, etc.). Comprehensive and up-to-date information is available on the Postgraduate Studies and Continuing Education Unit’s website. Information regarding the internal workings of the Master’s Degree (timetables, calendar, activities, etc.) will be provided in detail on the Master’s Degree website. Likewise, the manager and professors that form part of the Master’s Academic Committee, as along with the professors involved in the degree, will always be available to respond to the students’ needs, and time will be set aside for tutor sessions.
Similarly, the Degree’s Quality Assurance System and the procedure attached establish that a student suggestions and complaints channel is to be provided, according to the corresponding regulations. The Master’s Academic Committee will meet at the end of each term to assess any complaints and suggestions, among other items, and the conclusions will be set out in the Assessment, Review and Improvement Record.
After a personal interview with the pre-enrolled student, the tutor will also define the remaining optional courses that the student should enrol on so as to reach the professional profile they are looking for. The number of optional subjects available means that the student can select various professional approaches, thus meeting any concerns that they may have. The tutor will also guide the student to select the company to carry out the compulsory work placement as well as the topic of the End of Master’s Thesis so that these experiences provide the student with the possibility to develop the professional profile they are seeking.
As this is a professional Master’s Degree which includes a compulsory work placement, the tutor will also oversee the placement and will be responsible for ensuring communication and resolving any issues that could arise during the placement at the company. The tutor will guide the student and the company when it comes to deciding the topic of the End of Master’s Thesis, aiming for compatibility between the academic interests of the student and the specific or strategic needs of the collaborating companies.