Mauritius, being an island which has an Exclusive Economic Zone of 1.9 million Km2 , with an additional 396,000 Km2 shared jointly with the Republic of Seychelles, has a vast potential for exploitation of ocean resources. There is a pressing need to boost up existing ocean sectors and to develop new ones as emphasized by the Ocean Economy Road Map, for a sustainable future. The identified ocean clusters appear promising for the island’s economy; however, it is evident that there is limited skilled manpower in the field of Ocean and Marine Science.
The Department of Marine and Ocean Science, Fisheries and Mariculture (MOSFM) offers to play an important role in capacity building by offering this postgraduate course in Marine Science to support the ocean economy. Marine Science is an interdisciplinary field with potential to contribute significantly to our island’s food supply, tourism, mineral resources, renewable energy resources and shipping industry.
This programme aims at providing learners with an in depth knowledge in the areas of marine science, their importance, associated threats, sustainable use and management.
The flexible MSc Marine Science 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. The core modules address the requirements for a sound base in the field of marine science; whilst, the elective modules permit learners to focus on specific areas of their interests. In addition, learners will have the opportunity to undertake a research project in an area of interest to the field of Marine science.
Upon completion, those already in employment will have acquired a strong knowledge on various aspects of Marine Science, which will boost them up in their own professional development, as well as in promoting sustainable development of our island; whereas, young graduates wishing to make a career in this field, will be equipped to play key roles in the development of the Ocean Economy.
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.
Requirements BSc(Hons) in any of the following fields: Marine Science and Technology, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Physics, Agriscience and Technology, Agriculture with specialization in Aquaculture, Chemical and Environmental Engineering or equivalent qualifications acceptable to the University of Mauritius.