The course is tailor-made for postgraduate students with a first degree in science, geography, earth systems, environmental studies, engineering, architecture or computing as well as to mid-career professionals aiming to supplement their background with a grounding in Oceanography and in marine and maritime studies and willing to augment their academic portfolio with a new suite of capabilities.
The proposed Course is tailor-made for participants aspiring to join several streams of expertise and jobs, amongst others:
The course builds on the context and direction provided by the current policy landscape:
which all stress the need for greater capacity-building so as to nurture a new generation of professionals endowed with a novel multi-disciplinary set of skills.
The course is intended to train post-graduate students and professionals on state-of-the-art methodologies and tools to measure, understand and predict the marine environment, and derive sustained benefits from the sea. It is elaborated over a course programme spanning and merging 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.
Targeted areas of such applications include: environmental monitoring and surveillance, assessment and mitigation of risks, marine science-based policy development and strategic planning, climate change, sustainable resource exploitation, ocean governance, marine industries and service provision, and the overall empowerment of human resources to face current and emerging challenges in the marine domain.
The course is delivered by a diverse, complementary faculty consisting of acclaimed academics from different Faculties at the University of Malta as well as from foreign Universities and research institutes. The Course’s core lecturers are:
Deltares (Netherlands) and AquaBioTech Limitied (Malta) are two international marine research companies and service providers that have joined the Oceanography Malta Research Group to raise the international profile of the MSc in Applied Oceanography. They both offer their expertise in the academic delivery of the course, and host interested and selected students enrolled in the course to do their research dissertation with them as an internship. AquaBioTech Limited also offers a scholarship.