The Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS) offers three postgraduate programmes namely, MSc by Coursework and Dissertation, MSc by Thesis and PhD by Thesis. The programmes offered are aimed at creating linkages between the consolidated research programmes at IMS and postgraduate training and bilateral collaboration. Since its establishment the Institute has trained over 22 PhDs and 53 MSc. So far the University of Dar es Salaam has employed over 50% of IMS alumni.
The Institute offers specialised short courses on request. For such courses, IMS receives between 50-100 visiting undergraduates annually from the European Union and United States. Visiting scientists at IMS range from 20-30 annually. Scientists from outside Tanzania include those from Sweden, Canada, Australia, USA, Norway, UK, Belgium, Netherlands, South Africa, Germany, Israel, etc. Visiting scientists from the Western Indian Ocean Region range from 40-50 annually with stays of one or more weeks.
Admission conditions for both MSc and PhD are governed by the University of Dar es Salaam General Regulations for Postgraduate Study Programmes. A candidate for admission to the Masters degree (Marine Sciences) by Coursework and Dissertation must have at least a Lower Second Class honours degree (i.e. with a GPA of at least 2.7) of the University of Dar es Salaam. A candidate for admission to the Masters degree (Marine Sciences) by thesis must have at least an Upper Second Class honours degree (i.e. with GPA of at least 3.5) of the University of Dar es Salaam or equivalent qualifications from another recognized university during the first degree. A candidate for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy degree must have a Masters degree from the University of Dar es Salaam or an equivalent from any other recognized University.
Major areas of research output
Master and PhD studies projects covers all aspects of marine sciences from Physical Oceanography (geology, archaeology, physics and meteorology), marine Chemistry (organic, inorganic and microbiology), marine Biology (marine organisms, fish biology, fisheries, botany, ecology, microbiology) to Coastal/marine Management (marine protected areas, economics, sociology, livelihoods development, etc.). Students taking MSc. by Coursework and Dissertation must study GIS and Remote Sensing subjects as tools for environmental research and management.
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