MSc in Marine Science and Sustainability

University of Seychelles Programme

Marine Science and Sustainability


Anse Royale
Lecture, Seminar
Academic Direction From
University of Seychelles
Business and Sustainable Development
Study Level

Registration Deadline: 31st May 2023


The MSc Marine Science and Sustainability is primarily dedicated to deep understanding and advanced skills relating to the sustainable management of marine and coastal ecosystems, climate change adaptation and ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction. It will also foster an understanding of the role of oceans in causing or buffering the effects of climate change, as well as promoting a critical appreciation of management and policy issues.

 The programme will be offered over 1 year (13 months), starting in September each year. There will be 7 months dedicated to taught modules and exams, and 6 months dedicated to an independent research project. Furthermore, the various modules making up the course will also be offered as stand-alone credit-bearing short courses, for external stakeholders wanting to broaden their knowledge.


  • While encapsulating some of the traditional elements of a Marine Science programme, such as marine ecosystems, conservation issues, and coastal zone management, the proposed MSc programme is internationally distinctive.
  • The programme will be globally applicable, but locally and regionally relevant. It addresses important issues that have both ecological and societal impacts, including impacts relating to climate change, such as increased temperatures, decreased precipitation, sea level rise, increased storminess and coastal flooding.
  • The programme will enable students to tackle the complex issues and wicked problems associated with the sustainable management of marine ecosystems.
  • This programme will produce graduates with a scientific understanding of the marine environment, the pressures placed upon it, and a range of strategies for preventing and/or ameliorating environmental risks, including bridging the science/policy interface.

Language of Study


Programme Details

The programme can be subdivided into three distinct awards, which can be obtained individually or collectively. These include:

  1. Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) – this would be awarded to students who have successfully completed 60 credits worth of work over four months. It would be composed of the entry-level courses:
    • Marine Science (30 credits),
    • Research Methods and Skills (15 credits),
    • Coastal Systems Dynamics module (15 credits)
  2. Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) – this would be obtained upon successfully completing the previous modules, and also:
    • Marine Ecosystems & Sustainability (15 credits),
    • Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation (15 credits),
    • Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction (15 credits),
    • Capstone Project (15 credits)
  3. Master’s Degree (MSc) – this would be obtained upon successfully completing all modules plus the end-of-course research project.

Entry  Requirements

Academic Requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants from other disciplines with a 2:1 or 1st, or with a 2.2 degree in a relevant subject but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience (at least two years of work/life experience deemed by the University to be either appropriate in the fulfilment of minimum entry criteria) are encouraged to apply.

At least a good level of high-school Maths and English (GCSE, Grade C, or equivalent) is required.


Non-standard Entry Requirements

Alternate entry into the PGCert level can be achieved through suitably documented extensive work experience (e.g. >1 year) relevant to the programme (e.g. marine environmental research, government planning, environmental impact work, work for NGO or international agency). Such applicants may be required to submit a discursive account of why this experience is relevant.


SCR 78,000 per year *

*Fees are subject to change. 

The University offers flexible payment plans and special tuition fees for self funding students. Kindly contact us for more information regarding these fees.

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