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General Degree Requirements

General Degree Requirements

The degree of Master of Science (M.Sc.) is offered in Marine Biology by full-time and part-time study through the Department of Ocean Sciences. Areas of concentration include: Ecology and Evolution, Biological Oceanography, Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Functional Biology.

Admission and Program of Study

Admission into the Master’s degree program in Marine Biology is normally restricted to candidates holding at least a B.Sc. degree with second class Honours. When circumstances warrant, this requirement may be waived by the School of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Head of the Department. Each candidate will be assigned a Supervisory Committee consisting of the Supervisor and at least one other member. Within two months of the first registration in the M.Sc. degree program, a candidate should meet with his/her Supervisory Committee. Within six months, the student and the Supervisory Committee will agree on a written thesis proposal outlining the objectives, methods, timetable, and funding for the project, and provide the proposal (signed by the student and the supervisory committee) to the Head for inclusion in the student’s file. At this time, a formal proposal presentation that is open for people to attend, and advertised as such, is required. The presentation will typically be part of a regular committee meeting.

Candidates are required to complete a minimum of 9 credit hours of graduate program courses as follows: Ocean Sciences 7000. One of Ocean Sciences 7100 or 7200. 3 additional credit hours selected from other Ocean Sciences graduate courses or relevant courses in other Departments as approved by the Supervisory Committee.

All course requirements should be completed within four semesters from the date of first registration in the M.Sc. degree program. A candidate is required to give an oral presentation to the Department on the results of his/her research. This presentation should be given during the second year of the program. The M.Sc. degree program will conclude with a thesis examination as prescribed in the School of Graduate Studies General Regulations, Theses and Reports.

Courses

A selection of the following graduate courses will be offered to meet the requirements of candidates, as far as the resources of the Department will allow:

  • OCSC 7000 Graduate Core Seminar (Cross-listed as Biology 7000)
  • OCSC 7100 Biological Oceanography (Credit cannot be obtained for both OCSC 7100 and former Biology /OCSC 7531)
  • OCSC 7200 Adaptations to the Marine Environment (Credit cannot be obtained for both OCSC 7200 and former Biology/OCSC 7561)
  • OCSC 7300 Plankton Dynamics (Credit cannot be obtained for both OCSC 7300 and former Biology/OCSC 7540)
  • OCSC 7400 Fisheries Resource Management (Credit cannot be obtained for both OCSC 7400 and former Biology/OCSC 7551)

The Degree or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) is offered in Marine Biology by full-time and part-time study through the Department of Ocean Sciences. Areas of concentration include: Ecology and Evolution, Biological Oceanography, Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Functional Biology.

Admission and Program of Study

Admission into the Ph.D. program in Marine Biology is normally restricted to candidates holding a Master’s Degree or its equivalent. In exceptional circumstances, a candidate with a B.Sc. (Honours) Degree who has spent not less than 12 months in an M.Sc. Degree program may be recommended for transfer into a Ph.D. program, provided that the candidate can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Department of Ocean Sciences, his/her ability to pursue research at the doctoral level.

Each candidate will be assigned a Supervisory Committee consisting of the Supervisor and at least one other member. Within three months of the first registration in the Ph.D. degree program, a candidate will meet with his/her Supervisory Committee. Within nine months, the student and the Supervisory Committee will agree on a written thesis proposal outlining the objectives, methods, timetable, and funding for the project, and provide the proposal (signed by the student and the supervisory committee) to the Head for inclusion in the student’s file. At this time, a formal proposal presentation that is open for people to attend, and advertised as such, is required. The presentation will typically be part of a regular committee meeting.

Candidates are required to complete a minimum of 6 credit hours of graduate program courses as follows:

  • One of Ocean Sciences 7100 or 7200
  • Ocean Science 7000 or relevant courses as approved by the Supervisory Committee

All course requirements should be completed within five semesters from the date of first registration in the Ph.D. program.

Normally upon completion of required course work the candidate shall undertake a mandatory comprehensive examination, following the General Regulations, Comprehensive Examinations, Ph.D. and Psy.D, Comprehensive Examination. The comprehensive examination will be both written and oral. Students should consult the Departmental guidelines for further information and a detailed description of the content of the Comprehensive Examination.

The Ph.D. program will conclude with the examination and oral defense of the completed thesis in accordance with the School of Graduate Studies General Regulations, Theses and Reports.

Courses

A selection of the following graduate courses will be offered to meet the requirements of candidates, as far as the resources of the Department will allow.

  • OCSC 7000 Graduate Core Seminar (Cross-listed as Biology 7000
  • OCSC 7100 Biological Oceanography (Credit cannot be obtained for both OCSC 7100 and former Biology /OCSC 7531)
  • OCSC 7200 Adaptations to the Marine Environment (Credit cannot be obtained for both OCSC 7200 and former Biology/OCSC 7561)
  • OCSC 7300 Plankton Dynamics (Credit cannot be obtained for both OCSC 7300 and former Biology/OCSC 7540)
  • OCSC 7400 Fisheries Resource Management (Credit cannot be obtained for both OCSC 7400 and former Biology/OCSC 7551)
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