MSc in Biology: Marine and Aquaculture Research Areas

General information

This programme of study is also offered on a part-time basis. 

Students are required to write a dissertation based on research work of an advanced and original nature performed by them during the Course. The dissertation, to which 85 credits are assigned, will describe this research and present results and conclusions in a scholarly manner.

The dissertation will generally be laboratory/field-based (i.e. experimental/observational) in nature although in specific cases it would be acceptable for the work to be based on literature research, provided that an original contribution is made (e.g. meta-analysis, modelling etc). The dissertation must be based on work of a sufficiently advanced nature performed by the student during the course, and should produce results that are publishable in the mainstream scientific literature.

Students are also required to give a Seminar to which 5 ECTS credits are assigned. This will consist of a presentation to be given to an audience that will include the Board of Examiners (i.e. the Panel of Supervision in its assessment function). The presentation shall consist of the student’s appraisal of a subject area related to the dissertation project but which does not directly form part of the dissertation or include a discussion of the results of the dissertation project

The Research Areas that are currently being offered for potential projects, include the following:

• Aquaculture
• Aquaculture-environment interactions
• Bioremediation
• Biotechnology
• Conservation Biology
• Conservation genetics of wild species
• Ecological Assessment and Monitoring
• Ecology of Seagrass and Algal Habitats
• Environmental Management
• Faunistics and Biogeography of the Maltese Islands
• Fish Diseases/Pathology
• Genetics of domesticated species
• Influence of physical/chemical factors on marine habitats/species
• Isolation and Bioactivity of Natural Products
• Marine and Coastal Ecology
• Marine Ecotoxicology 
• Marine Pollution Studies
• Microbiology
• Utilisation of plant and microbial resources
• Vegetation Ecology

Contact

Content

The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0511 - Biology", "0512 - Biotechnology", "0512 - Toxicology", "0521 - Ecology", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management

Venue

Venue: Univeristy of Malta
Malta, Malta

Application


Cost:

Local/EU/EEA Applicants:Annual Enrolment Fee: Eur 400
 

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants:Total Tuition Fees: Eur 13,400 
Yr 1: Eur 13,400 - Yr 2: NIL


Prerequisites:

The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

  • the degree of Bachelor of Science with at least Second Class Honours in an area of study deemed by the Board to be relevant to the proposed area of study and obtained in the 10 years previous to registration for the Course or
  • the Bachelor of Science with Third Class Honours in an area of study deemed by the Board to be relevant to the proposed area of study and obtained in the 10 years previous to registration for the Course, provided that the applicants have obtained other qualifications, including relevant experience, following their first cycle degree. The Board may, at its discretion, require such applicants to follow a preparatory programme as specified below.

The Board, at its discretion, may also recommend the admission of applicants in possession of a Bachelor of Science with at least Category II in an area of study deemed by the Board to be relevant to the proposed area of study and obtained in the 10 years previous to registration for the Course, provided that the admission of such applicants shall be made conditional on the result of an interview and in such cases they shall be required to follow a preparatory programme as specified below.

The Board, at its discretion, may also recommend the admission of applicants with a first cycle degree deemed by the Board to be relevant to the proposed area of study and obtained in the 10 years previous to registration for the Course, provided that the admission of such applicants may be conditional on the result of an interview and in such cases they may be required to follow a preparatory programme as specified below.

Applicants whose first degree was obtained more than 10 years previous to registration for the Course may also be admitted following an interview to ascertain their capability to follow the Course. The Board may, at its discretion, require such applicants to follow a preparatory programme as specified below.

Language requirements

Applicants for all postgraduate courses (commencing in October 2014 or later) offered by the Department of English, Faculty of Arts, who are not in possession of a degree deemed comparable, in content and level, to the degrees required in Bye-Law 4, by the Faculty Admissions Committee, must present a SELT result with:
either a writing score of 7.5 (or higher) in the writing element and no less than 6.5 in any other element in IELTS,
or a writing score of 29 (or higher) in TOEFL (iBT).
Applicants may also present a Cambridge English Proficiency Advanced Certificate at Grade C (or higher).

TOEFL and IELTS score reports will only be valid if issued within 2 years from the date of commencement of the course at UM.

The test result must be obtained by:
30 September, for admission to courses commencing in October
31 August, for admission to limited number courses commencing in October 
31 January, for admission to courses commencing in February 
31 January, for admission to limited number courses commencing in February

If the test result is not submitted by these dates, applicants will not be admitted to the course even if all other entry requirements are satisfied.

Applicants for Master's courses by research are to submit the SELT pass before commencement of the course.


Application Procedure:

 

 

 

Qualification

Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

Credits:
Scheme: 
ECTS
Value: 
90
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