Degree Type: 

Doctor of Philosophy

Department: 

Department of Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences

Programme Duration: 

3 years (Standard Entry)

4 years (Standard Entry)

Modes of Study: 

Regular

About Programme: 

The degree to be awarded is designated as PhD (Oceanography and Limnology)

Rationale

The PhD in Oceanography and Limnology is geared towards training highly qualified professional limnologists and oceanographers who will are able to apply the principles of limnology and oceanography to solving current socio-ecological problems for sustainable development. The programme is also expected to produce highly motivated aquatic resource managers and planners with critical scientific knowledge necessary for understanding the risks and benefits of freshwater and marine ecosystems management decisions. 

 

PhD Programme Structure

Candidates admitted with Bachelor’s degree and/or a taught Master’s degree (e.g., MSc) will pursue a 4-year PhD programme; candidates admitted with research-based Master’s degree (e.g. MPhil) will pursue a 3-year PhD programme.

PhD programmes are offered only in full-time mode. The periods of study are as follows:

Degree

Total Period of Study

*Course work

Normative Duration of Research

3-year PhD

36 months

-

24 months

4-year PhD 

48 months

2 semesters

24 months

 

*This applies only to candidates admitted with Bachelor’s degree for 4-year PhD programme; they will be required to take courses on discipline-specific knowledge and research skills. Candidates admitted with a taught Master’s degree will undertake 4-year research.

Supervisors may recommend appropriate courses to equip students for their research work and thesis writing. Candidates for 3-year PhD programme may be recommended to audit requisite courses.

The total credit load for each PhD programme is as follows:

PhD Programme Structure

Credits

Year I

Semester I

Courses

15

Semester II

Courses

15

Sub-total

30

Years II 

Semester I

Thesis [preparation and defence of research proposal (6 credits); literature review and reconnaissance/pilot (6 credits)]

12

Seminar

3

Semester II

Thesis [data collection]

12

Seminar

3

Sub-total

30

Years III

Semester I

Thesis [data collection]

12

Seminar

3

Semester II

Thesis [data collection and analyses]

12

Seminar

3

Sub-total

30

Years IV

Semester I

Thesis [data analyses and thesis write-up]

12

Seminar

3

Semester II

Thesis [thesis write-up, submission and defence]

12

Seminar

3

        Sub-Total per Year

30

 

*Total (Minimum Credits)

120

*Total credit for candidates admitted with MPhil (3-year PhD) will be 90.

Entry Requirements: 

The minimum admission requirement for the PhD programmes is a research-based master’s degree in a relevant Science or Engineering discipline or equivalent qualification from a recognised university. In addition, the applicant must demonstrate strong interest in research, development and innovation in science and technology. 

Target Group

Candidates with background in oceanography and limnology-related fields such as marine meteorology, coastal engineering and processes, geomorphology and aquatic ecology. 

Expected Output

  • Trained high level manpower to carry out teaching, research and extension in tertiary and other research institutions.
  • High-level personnel with engineering capacities in the oceanographic and related fields produced.
  • Trained graduates capable of mentoring lower level personnel to model oceanographical and limnological processes

Progression Requirements

  • Students pursuing 4-year PhD must pass all required course work (grade C minimum)
  • All students should present their research proposals successfully in a seminar  
  • All students must make good progress on the research activities and submit biannual progress report to the Department and UCC School of Graduate Studies (SGS)
  • All students must participate in at least 75% of the regular seminars organized by Department and SGS.

Graduation Requirements

A candidate will be considered successful if his/her PhD thesis:

  • Passes both internal and external assessment (60% minimum score)
  • Is successfully defended in a viva voce (60% minimum score).

In addition, candidates must satisfy all SGS and UCC requirements for graduation.

Goal / Objectives: 

At the end of the programme, graduates will be able to:

  1. apply acquired scientific knowledge and research methods to analyse and address socio-ecological problems, culminating in the creation of new knowledge and advancement in the fields of Oceanography and Limnology
  2. work independently to evaluate and analyse problems related to aquatic ecosystems.

Career Opportunities: 

You can find jobs in the following areas:

  1. Government agencies like Fisheries Ministry
  2. NGOs engaged in aquatic environmental campaign
  3. Industries in fish processing and canning
  4. Firms engaged in commercial fishing.