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M. Sc. in Marine Biology (M. Sc. in Marine Biology )

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 4 semesters
Entry level Master
Cost 12,200 inr

The program is primarily focused at building trained manpower with skills required to cater to the need in the field of Marine Biology.  Department has the mandate for exploring the potential of marine living and nonliving resources and their application, developing sustainable management strategy for the resources, creating database on all the oceanographic components involving biological, chemical, physical and geological aspects of the Andaman Sea preferentially. 

The Department conducts M. Sc. and Ph. D. Program in Marine Biology and it’s strategic location at Port Blair in close proximity with the Andaman Sea provides unique opportunity for the students and researchers to get extensive exposure to a vivid form of marine environmental conditions comprising estuarine, mangrove, Island and marine ecosystems. Students to the program are admitted on the basis of the rank obtained by all India entrance examination conducted by the Pondicherry University at different centers in the country.  The students enrolled for the Master degree are offered a studentship of Rs. 1000 per month.


  • Barcoding of Marine Fishes and Eco-morphology of Coral Fishes.
  • Coral reef environment monitoring and carbon sequestration.
  • Coastal Biodiversity Assessment and their Conservation.
  • Fisheries resource assessment.
  • Marine Bioactive Compounds, their characterization.
  • Marine Microbial processes and natural bi-products.
  • Marine Benthic Ecology and Taxonomy
  • Marine micro-phyto benthos and their ecological relationship.
  • Diversity and distribution of Plankton. 


The Department has modern laboratory facilities equipped with the following major Instruments in addition to other basic equipment for teaching and R & D activities in the arena of Marine Biology.

  • Automatic weather station.
  • BOD incubator
  • CHN analyzer
  • Current meter
  • Deep sea fluorometer
  • Ecosounder
  • GEL Electrophoresis
  • HPLC
  • Hydrolab
  • Microscopes with image analyser
  • Organic element analyser
  • Plankton nets & Flow meter
  • PCR
  • Rotary evaporator
  • TOC analyzer
  • UV spectrophotometer



Each course will consist of lectures / tutorials / laboratory work / seminar / project work / practical training / report / viva voce, etc.

 Physical Oceanography

Chemical Oceanography

Biological Oceanography


Practical - I covering courses


Marine Biotechnology 

Cell Biology

Marine Microbiology 

Practical - II covering courses

Physiology and Biochemistry 

Marine Ecology 

Fish and Fisheries 

Marine Pollution 

Coastal Aquaculture 

Ocean Policies and Management


Structural components
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project


Eligibility Criteria for Admission

 M. Sc., Marine Biology (Port Blair, Andaman)

Intake: 52

Criteria for admission:

Bachelor’s Degree in Botany / Biochemistry / Biotechnology / Fisheries and Aquaculture / Microbiology / Zoology with a minimum of 55% marks.

 Admission process for M. Sc. course will be carried out at Pondicherry University main campus and students will then proceed to Port Blair for the course work during the study period.

ISCED Categories

Conservation and environmental management
Physical and chemical oceanography