M.Phil. in Botany, Zoology, Experimental Biology, Environmental Biology or Oceanography

M.Phil. and Ph.D. Degrees
The M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees are research-oriented and are based on the submission of a thesis.  Students are also expected to read prescribed courses viz.  

Specializations/Options:
                         Botany
                         Environmental Biology
                         Marine Biology
                         Oceanography
                         Zoology

Programme Objectives:

•    Students will possess advanced knowledge and training in one or more areas of biology with more specific subject-related skills in one of these.
•    The subject-related skills developed will be in an area of applied biology.
•    Students will develop significant information gathering and analytical skills.
Students will be able to take a critical approach to any biological/environmental problems which they may encounter.

Entry Requirements:
Entry level to the M.Phil. degree program is a first or upper second class B.Sc. (Honours) degree in the Life Sciences.  Candidates having a Lower Second class Honours B.Sc. may be considered for acceptance into an M.Phil. program following special recommendation by the Department. Applications for transfer to a Ph.D. program from M.Phil. are encouraged where students display exceptional promise.

Areas of Research
Biodiversity and conservation, Biotechnology, Coastal Zone Management, Coral reef ecology, Entomology, Pest Management, Fish Biology, Freshwater Ecology Fisheries and Aquaculture, Forest Ecology, Horticulture, Marine Ecology, Molecular Biology, Parasitology, Animal Physiology, Plant Breeding, Plant Pathology, Plant Physiology, Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecology, Tissue culture and Virology.

Seminars
Two/ Three (One per year)

Duration of programme
Two/three years full-time

Programme Structure
Year 1     Semester 1
BL60E    Research Methods in Biology

Year 1     Semester 2
BL60F    Statistics for Graduate Biology

Each student receives guidance from an Advisory Committee that consists of a Supervisor, who is an expert in the area of research to be undertaken, and at least two other persons with related expertise.