Why do a Masters in Applied Ocean Sciences?
A. Traditional academic training in disciplinary ocean sciences
Issues with this model:
- For the Academia, MSc students who are not producing scientific outcomes (contributions to scientific publications) are seen as losses
- Universities need high numbers of Hons and MSc students to ensure that the stock is sufficiently large to provide the best PhDs
- Governmental institutions, private companies and industry in general cannot invest too much into internship support because training is expensive (especially in terms of HR time)
- Companies and governmental institutions need trained and qualified people, but they consider current post-grads to be anchored to the theoretical academic path/training and they are “not professionally ready”
B. Training in Ocean Sciences: the new model
Aims of AOS MSc course
- The MSc degree in Applied Ocean Sciences aims to produce marine professionals with a strong academic foundation who are knowledgeable about the major topics in interdisciplinary ocean sciences
- This course will provide academic and technical skills to deal with the most applied aspects of oceanography and marine biology. It is designed for both recent graduates as well as those with several years’ experience and who wish to work in the ocean services sector, with a focus on operational and conservation activities linked to the Blue Economy. This is achieved by exposing the students to a range of disciplines, to provide them with the requisite skills to carry out research and to use the products of research.
- The course reinforces essential employability skills such as scientific communication, numeracy and analytical thinking, and demonstrates the ability to perform independent research through the project component.