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MSc Coastal and Ocean Management (MSc Coastal and Ocean Management )

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 4 semesters
Cost 151,600 Rupees for the whole programme

1. Objectives

Modern development entails a multidisciplinary approach to assess impacts on short, medium and long-term, a perspective which offers potential for exploring and exploitation of resources for human benefits in a sustainable way. Mauritius has been diversifying its economy at a rapid pace during the last decade focusing mostly on tourism sectors. Since 2013, the government policy has been to drive forward the ocean economy for the Republic of Mauritius and to position the country as a regional hub in ocean-based economies. The development of such sectors is not prone to ecosystem damage, thus proper knowledge and capacity building is needed to bring the ocean economy to success. The flexible MSc Coastal and Ocean Management programme adopts a blended learning approach comprising core and elective modules that can be studied full-time or part time.

Course modules are delivered with a mix of traditional face- to- face lectures and online study options to allow maximum flexibility to learners especially those already in service. This programme is based on the concepts of sustainable coastal and ocean management in current developments of our lagoons and open sea. It provides an advanced understanding of integrated coastal and ocean management, coastal and ocean resources and governance. Coastal zone hazards, fisheries management and usage of GIS and remote sensing are major themes to be discussed. Sustainable development is discussed thoroughly over the course of the programme in a way to maximize resource yields without compromising ecological integrity.

2. General

Entry Requirements Successful completion of an undergraduate degree with 

  • at least a Second Class or 50%, whichever is applicable or
  • a GPA not less than 2.5 out of 4 or equivalent, from a recognized higher education institution.
  • OR alternative qualifications acceptable to the University of Mauritius.

3. Programme Requirements

BSc (Hons.) in any of the following fields: Marine Science and Technology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Agriscience and Technology, Agriculture (Sp. Aquaculture), Chemical and Environmental Engineering or equivalent qualifications acceptable to the University of Mauritius.

4. Programme Duration

The Programme is offered either on a full-time (F/T) and/or a part-time (P/T) basis. The duration of the Postgraduate Programme should normally not exceed 2 years (4 semesters) for F/T and 4 years (8 semesters) for P/T

Structural components
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project

ISCED Categories

Project management
Ocean Literacy
Conservation and environmental management
Physical and chemical oceanography
Marine spatial planning