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COURSE TITLE Master of Science in Geosciences
 
COURSE CODE PMSCGSCPER5

POSTNOMINAL

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M.Sc.(Melit.)

Second Cycle

Level 7

5 Semesters

Part-time (by Research)

90

Pauline Galea

COURSE OVERVIEW
This programme of study is also offered on a full-time basis. Please consult the Registrar’s website for more information pertaining to courses offered by the University.

Research Areas

Seismology and Geophysics
• Mediterranean seismicity, seismic networks and earthquake location
• Mediterranean geodynamics and crustal structure; use of regional ambient noise
• Seismic site response studies using ambient noise and earthquake data
• Geophysical investigation of subsurface
• Historical seismicity, seismic hazard studies, attenuation relations
• Earthquake source studies
• Seismic data processing and interpretation

Marine Geology
• Marine geomorphology, submarine canyons and gullies, submerged palaeolandscapes
• Submarine landslides and marine geohazards
• Continental shelf dynamics
• Fluid flow processes
• Carbonate escarpments
• Seafloor and habitat mapping
• Seafloor surveying technology, geomorphometry and GIS
• Experimental geomorphology

Atmospheric and climate studies
• Validation of Numerical Weather prediction model and applications to Etna emissions.
• Analysis of data from Tracerlab Radon monitor in the Central Mediterranean.
• Analysis of greenhouse gas and ozone trends in the Central Mediterranean.
• Study of 3D Ultrasonic anemometer data at Giordan Lighthouse.
• Study of shipping in the Gozo - Sicily channel.
• Indoor and outdoor air quality monitoring and modelling.
• Climate science.
• Climate impact studies using regional climate models.
• Personal exposure modelling.
• Linking Personal Exposure to Human Biomonitoring


Physical oceanography
• Hydrodynamics of the sea in the vicinity of the Maltese Islands at shelf and coastal scales
• Acquisition, processing, analysis and management of high quality oceanographic observations in real time or delayed
• Oceanographic data quality control, management and archival according to international standards and formats
• Numerical modeling of the marine environment for forecasts of meteo-marine parameters, and as a tool in environmental assessments and research
• Marine Spatial Planning
• Dynamics of Jellyfish Blooms
• Monitoring of shipping impacts on the marine environment
• Ocean literacy and citizen science
• Science-policy interface and marine environmental management
• Monitoring of coastal sediments


Applicants interested in pursuing an M.Sc. by research with the Department of Geosciences are to consult with staff members of the department before submitting their application and research proposal. If required, the process may be coordinated by contacting the departmental secretary.
 
ADMISSION AND
PROGRESSION REQUIREMENTS
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

(a) the degree of Bachelor of Science with at least Second Class Honours in an area of study deemed by the Board to be relevant to the proposed area of study and obtained in the 10 years previous to registration for the Course or

(b) the Bachelor of Science with Third Class Honours in an area of study deemed by the Board to be relevant to the proposed area of study and obtained in the 10 years previous to registration for the Course, provided that the applicants have obtained other qualifications, including relevant experience, following their first cycle degree. The Board may, at its discretion, require such applicants to follow a preparatory programme as specified below.

The Board, at its discretion, may also recommend the admission of applicants in possession of a Bachelor of Science with at least Category II in an area of study deemed by the Board to be relevant to the proposed area of study and obtained in the 10 years previous to registration for the Course, provided that the admission of such applicants shall be made conditional on the result of an interview and in such cases they shall be required to follow a preparatory programme as specified below.

The Board, at its discretion, may also recommend the admission of applicants with a first cycle degree deemed by the Board to be relevant to the proposed area of study and obtained in the 10 years previous to registration for the Course, provided that the admission of such applicants may be conditional on the result of an interview and in such cases they may be required to follow a preparatory programme as specified below.

Applicants whose first degree was obtained more than 10 years previous to registration for the Course may also be admitted following an interview to ascertain their capability to follow the Course. The Board may, at its discretion, require such applicants to follow a preparatory programme as specified below.

Preparatory Programme

The preparatory programme shall comprise study-units to which not less than 30 credits and not more than 60 credits are assigned and shall also be governed by the Principal Regulations.

Students shall be required to successfully complete the preparatory programme with an average mark of 55% or better prior to their registration for the Course.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2017.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.
 
 


 

 

 
Last Updated: 22 November 2017
 
The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

For applicable fees please check the link on the Finance Office webpage.
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