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M.Phil. Marine Sciences

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 2 semesters
Cost For Indian students: Tuition Fees: INR 13,980/Year. + Enrollment Fees: INR 3,500. Foreign Nationals: 2000USD/Year.

The Department of Marine Sciences, Goa University, was established in the year 1985 and has grown rapidly to become a multidisciplinary Department focusing on post graduate teaching and research in different branches of Marine Sciences, namely Physical Oceanography, Marine Chemistry, Marine Biology and Marine Geology. Marine Sciences Post Graduate programme admits students from a wide background of bachelor degree, such as Mathematics, Physics, Electronics, Computer Science, IT, Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Zoology, Botany, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Biosciences, Fisheries, Aquatic Science, Earth Sciences, Geology. Since 2010, the programme offers Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) giving freedom to the students to choose his/her optional courses.

Thrust Areas:


Optical remote sensing of aquatic ecosystem, radiative transfer modeling in optically complex coastal and estuarine waters, Hyperspectral remote sensing, Atmospheric correction of optical remote sensor, retrieval of AOD from an optical sensor, Estimation of aerosol radiative forcing, Algorithm development for the retrieval of case II water constituents from optical remote sensing; Air Sea interaction and genesis of water masses.

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Nutrients and Trace elemental distribution in estuaries; Behavior of aluminum in estuaries; biogeochemical cycling or environmental sensitive elements in the near shore region, chemistry of sea weed along the coast and geochemistry.


Biodiversity and Taxonomy of demersal fish and invertebrate fauna; catch trends, species composition and bycatch from trawl hauls; spatial and temporal distribution of demersal fauna. 

Coastal and estuarine sediment characterization, Coastal morphology and dynamics, Coastal zone management, Lacustrine and estuarine - tidal / mudflat sedimentary environment, Geochemistry of lacustrine & estuarine sediments, Speciation of elements in mudflat sediments and bioavailability of metals, Magnetic susceptibility, diatoms and isotopes in mudflat and mangrove sediments, Suspended matter and its chemistry of Southern Ocean, Diatoms in sediment cores in Southern Ocean.

Structural components
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project

ISCED Categories

Project management
Personal skills and communication
Physical and chemical oceanography
Scientific modelling