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School of Graduate Studies (2019/2020)
27.17 Marine Biology

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: Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology and Evolution, Functional Biology of Marine Organisms, Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Marine Biogeochemistry.

27.17.1 Admission and Program of Study
  1. Admission into the Master of Science degree program in Marine Biology is normally restricted to students holding at least a Bachelor of Science degree with second class Honours. When circumstances warrant, the requirement for a second class Honours may be waived by the School of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Head of the Department.

  2. Each student 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 M.Sc. degree program, the student will meet with the student's 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.

  3. A student is 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

  4. All course requirements should be completed within four semesters from the date of first registration in the M.Sc. degree program.

  5. A student is required to give an oral presentation to the Department on the results of the student's research. This presentation should be given after completion of a thesis draft.

  6. The M.Sc. degree program will conclude with a thesis examination as prescribed in the School of Graduate Studies General Regulations, Theses and Reports.

27.17.2 Courses

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

  • OCSC 7000 Graduate Core Seminar (cross-listed as Biology 7000)
  • OCSC 7100 Biological Oceanography
  • OCSC 7200 Adaptations to the Marine Environment
  • OCSC 7300 Plankton Dynamics
  • OCSC 7400 Fisheries Resource Management
  • OCSC 7500-7515 Special Topics in Ocean Sciences