MSc in Oceanography

MSc in Oceanography

Under the Department of Oceanography and Hydrography an Undergraduate Programme “B.Sc. (Honours) in Oceanography” is running. In order to open, the scope of higher study on oceanography a Master of Science (MSc) in Oceanography Programme is going to start its activities from 2021. Emphasis will be given to the physical, chemical, biological, geological and atmospheric aspects of the Indian Ocean especially the Bay of Bengal. The Master of Science in Oceanography degree program fosters a broad understanding of oceanic systems through an interdisciplinary program of study. On completion of the programme the students will be able to build their careers across the public and private sector at home and abroad.

Master of Science (MSc) in Oceanography is a 18 months full time regular postgraduate programme under the Department of Oceanography and Hydrography. The programme is divided into 3 semesters of 6 months each. The programme is designed with 11 theoretical courses and a thesis/ project. Besides, the student has to perform a field trip/study tour, lab work and seminar. The total credit for the programme is 51. The main purpose of Master of Science (MSc) in Oceanography programme is to train the students in relevant areas of Oceanography to be professional.

Division of Semester:
The duration of each semester is 26 weeks. In each semester, 15 weeks is dedicated for classroom learning, while remaining weeks are utilized for makeup classes, preparatory leave, final examination and other curricular and co-curricular activities. Distribution is as follows:

  • Classes 15 weeks
  • Mid Term Examinations 02 weeks
  • Preparatory Leave 02 weeks
  • Term Final Examination 03 weeks
  • Recess 04 weeks

Vision of the Programme:
Developing world-class postgraduate to penetrate the Oceanography and Hydrography professionals.

Mission of the Programme:

Supporting and structuring industry attractive curriculum and state of the art teaching.

Programme outcomes are as follows:

  1. Demonstrate an interdisciplinary knowledge of coastal and marine systems.
  2. Demonstrate the understanding of fundamentals of oceanography; including Physical, Biological, Chemical, Geological Oceanography and Hydrographic activities.
  3. Demonstrate an advanced ability to apply and integrate scientific principles and research data to address complex questions in marine systems.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to plan and implement observational, theoretical, and experimental studies.
  5. An ability to formulate oceanographic problems and develop practical solutions in this field.
  6. To promote cross-disciplinary, multiscale research and education in oceanography and hydrography.
  7. Have the competence to gain employment in advanced resource management positions or entrance to a doctoral program in related fields.
  8. Demonstrate competence in scientific communication through producing technical and scientific articles and participating in oral presentations.

Students Learning Outcomes

After the successful completion of the Master of Science (MSc) in Oceanography programme, the students will be able to

  1. Describe the three-dimensional distributions of temperature, salinity and momentum in the ocean and atmosphere, and explain the oceanic and atmospheric processes that control these distributions.
  2. Describe the progressions of major earth science theories, including new analytic methods, sensors, and numerical methods in the field of oceanography.
  3. Identify, construct, and analyze coupled dynamical systems by which geological, atmospheric, oceanographic, chemical, and biological processes interact throughout a range of spatial and temporal scales.
  4. Collect and manipulate oceanic, atmospheric, and geospatial data sets and rigorously analyze and interpret observational data, in situ experimental data, and model results.
  5. Explain how living organisms capture and process energy; photosynthesis, metabolism, primary productivity in the ocean and ocean chemistry and processes of nutrient cycling.
  6. Classify oceanic life, marine environment and systems of nomenclature and describe various marine communities; their types and composition.
  7. Discuss the physical factors affecting marine life, succession and other changes in marine communities.
  8. Evaluate the interaction between humans and the ocean.
  9. Explain how physical and chemical factors in the ocean affect the climate in the past, present and future.
  10. Interpret and critique professional scientific literature.

Generic Skills

The generic skills for the programme are advanced oceanographic knowledge, oceanic and atmospheric processes, information technology, ocean dynamical systems, ocean health and global climate change, computer programming for oceanographic research, satellite oceanography and ocean mapping and GIS.

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