The course builds on the core principles of oceanography in coastal and open sea domains, with a focus on operational oceanography and the versatile and broad spectrum of disciplines and offshoot applications related to it. The course targets to match the human resource needs in the evolving marine sector at local, European and global scales, providing professionals with wide ranging skills to exploit the outcomes of marine research and technology in favour of the competitiveness of the industry and service sectors.
The course intends to train postgraduate students and professionals on state-of-the-art methodologies and tools to measure and to accomplish the human resource backbone to sustain a range of marine-related activities and economic endeavours. It will also empower you to comprehend the methods and tools of operational oceanography.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a first cycle degree from this University in Science, Engineering, Architecture or Information Technology, or any other area deemed relevant by the Board.
In exceptional cases the Admissions Board, on the recommendation of the Board, may admit into the Course applicants not in possession of a Bachelor degree, provided that it is satisfied that such applicants are in possession of other academic qualifications and experience that together are deemed to be comparable to the qualifications listed in the above paragraph. The admission of applicants under this paragraph may be made conditional on the results of an interview conducted by a board appointed for the purpose.
Knowledge of Mathematics and programming skills is strongly recommended.
The interviewing board appointed by the Board of Studies shall be composed of at least three members.
The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2022.
For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.
UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.
Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.
• Comprehend the basic scientific concepts of oceanography in a holistic view embracing the physical, chemical, biological and geological aspects, and on how they relate to the underlying processes and functioning of the marine environment;
• Comprehend the concept and practice of operational oceanography for the systematic and long-term routine measurements of the seas and oceans and atmosphere, and the rapid interpretation and dissemination of information;
• Gain full understanding on ocean and coastal observing and forecasting systems in operational oceanography, technical and theoretical aspects related to metocean observations, operational monitoring platforms, state-of-the-art instrumentation and sensor technology, understanding their performance (including limitations and configurations) and understanding their basic functions and use to the benefit of specific applications;
• Demonstrate an understanding of the process of acquisition and the nature of the information in remote sensing for the comprehensive study of the sea and the applications to oceanographic studies;
• Acquire interests and informed opinions in a range of areas in applied mathematical methods relevant to oceanography;
• Understand the concepts and terminology for maritime spatial planning (MSP), especially within the European perspective, including benefits and relation to other existing management approaches, primarily integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) and ecosystem-based management (EBM).
The course is intended if you have a basic knowledge of mathematics and programming skills with an interest in entering a career in applied oceanography.
This course is tailor-made if you aspire to join several streams of expertise and jobs, amongst others: Management of coastal/marine resources; Policy-making and governance; Marine impact assessment and specialized analysis of environmental scenarios; Marine-related industries, services and economic activities; Marine-related operational activities such as in surveying, surveillance, search and rescue, marine transportation, etc.; Environmental monitoring; Research fields in oceanography; Numerical modelling of the marine environment; Data mining, management, quality control and archival; Marine observations and forecasting.
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Last Updated: 13 April 2022
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