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University of Seychelles Programme

Marine Science and Sustainability

Department of Environment

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Dr. Nuette Gordon 

Head of the Department of Environment

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+248 438 1220

Registration Deadline: 30th June

The MSc in 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 also fosters an understanding of the role of oceans in mitigating effects of climate change, as well as promoting a critical appreciation of management and policy issues.

This programme includes set course-work, a Capstone project and an Independent Research Dissertation over a period of 18-months.

Aims of Programme / Objectives

The objectives of the programme are for students to:

  • Encapsulating some of the traditional elements of a Marine Science programme, such as marine ecosystems, conservation issues, and coastal zone management.
  • Address important marine and coastal 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.
  • Tackle the complex issues and wicked problems associated with the sustainable management of marine ecosystems.
  • Develop 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.
  • Develop necessary skills and knowledge regarding scientific investigation and field data collection, analyses and interpretation.

Full-time: 18 months

Part-time: 2 – 3 years

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

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) – this would be awarded to students who have successfully completed 60 credits worth of work over six 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)

 

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) – this would be obtained upon successfully completing 120 credits that include 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)

 

Master’s Degree (MSc) – this would be obtained upon successfully completing all modules plus the end-of-course research project (60 credits).

The programme is offered in English.

The programme is offered on a full-time or part-time basis, and incorporates various modes of delivery, from face-to-face lectures, inverted/flipped learning, practical work, group work, and self-study. 

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 85,000 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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