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The Master of Science in Applied Oceanography is a full-time, one-year course that 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 main target of the course is 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. Environmental monitoring and surveillance, marine impact assessment, management of coastal and marine resources, policy-making and governance, and data mining are but a few related job opportunities.
It is also set against a background of the rising industrialisation of seas and oceans with increasing human impact (such as from renewable energy provision, oil and gas extraction, fishing and leisure industries) and the extended quest for achieving sustainable development by protecting the marine ecosystem, minimising the impacts of climate change, natural hazards and anthropogenic influences, whilst maximising benefits to society.
The course programme spans and merges the scientific, technical and applicative aspects of oceanography to offer students a wide-ranging integrated approach, linking science to management, putting technology at the service of users and stakeholders, and providing tools and training for more efficient service-oriented applications.
The course is delivered with the participation of an international faculty including high-profile experts in operational oceanography.