1.1.1 Master Degree (M.Sc.) About Course Programme

Department of Marine Sciences was established in the year 1978 in Berhampur University. Berhampur University is the only university in the state which offers M.Sc, M.Phil. and Ph.D/D.Sc. courses in Oceanography and Marine Biology. The prime objective to establish such a department was to prepare quality manpower in the field of Marine Sciences, both through teaching and research, to meet the demand of the state as well the country. Orissa has a long coastline of 480 Km. and is bestowed with unique ecosystems, estuaries, coastal and marine living and non-living resources and beautiful sandy beaches. Developmental activities such as construction of ports and harbors, aquaculture and other industries, tourism etc. are mostly concentrated along the coastal belt. But coastal hazards such as cyclones and floods, which very often ravage the Orissa coast, retard the developmental activities to a large extent. Keeping in view the strategic importance of the coastal areas of Orissa for defence, tourism etc., the Govt. of Orissa in co-ordination with the Central Government has initiated the integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) programme for all round development of the state. Therefore to promote such activities and to make sustainable management of the natural and physical resources of the coastal environment, and to provide the right momentum to the developmental activities, there is an imminent need to involve skilled manpower in the field of Marine Sciences. The Department of Marine Sciences has been striving to achieve this goal since its inception. Besides the development of the state, the students of Marine Sciences are actively involved in the national and international development and a few of them have proved themselves as leaders in the field of Marine Sciences and allied subjects. While pursuing master degree in Oceanography students are trained in the advanced areas of Chemical, Geological, Physical and Biological oceanography, Meteorology, Mathematics & Statistics and Remote Sensing. Marine Biology students are trained in the fields of General Oceanography, Mathematics & Statistics, Fishery Biology, Fish Technology, Aquaculture, Marine Ecology and Pollution, Plankton and Productivity. Besides they are also trained in remote sensing applications.


  • To provide quality education in the field of Oceanography, Marine Biology and allied fields and produce skilled manpower
  • To provide academic support to post graduate / M.Phil / Research programmes of the university in the discipline of Marine Sciences.
  • To provide extension services to the user agencies in advisory capacity or by undertaking operational projects as service provider.
  • To undertake cutting edge R&D projects and organize workshop/ seminars / trainings to promote the courses of Marine Sciences. How to Enter into the Course Programme

Dept. of Marine Sciences is offering two years (4 semester) Post Graduate Programme in Oceanography and Marine Biology. The admission to this programme is being done on the basis of the marks secured in the qualifying B.Sc Examination and carrier marks taken together.

  1. Eligibility condition for OCEANOGRAPHY: Students with B.Sc degree in Physics and Chemistry/ Geology/Mathematics/Environment/Water management/Environmental Science/Geography/Computer Science are eligible for admission to Oceanography.
  2. Eligibility condition for MARINE BIOLOGY: Students with B.Sc. degree in Botany and Zoology/ Chemistry/Biological Techniques/Specimen preservation/Environmental Science are eligible for admission to Marine Biology. Curriculum / Syllabi

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There are six working days in a week. The classes are held as per the time table for each semester.

1.1.2 M.Phil About Course Programme

No of seats in M. Phil

Oceanography: 6

Marine Biology: 6 How to Enter into the Course Programme

A candidate having M.Sc. degree in Oceanography and Marine Biology is eligible to take admission into the respective streams after successful completion of entrance test conducted by the university followed by an interview. The entrance test comprises of one paper of 100 marks (50 marks objective type questions and 50 marks for short answer type questions). Curriculum / Syllabi

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There are six working days in a week. The classes are held as per the time table for each semester. Besides, the students also take advice of the concerned guide and prepare their dissertations.

1.1.3 Ph.D. About Course Programme

Ph. D degrees are offered in Marine Sciences ( Oceanography and Marine Biology). The Ph. D studies are being undertaken in the fields of Physical Oceanography, Chemical Oceanography, Geological Oceanography, Meteorology, Remote Sensing and GIS applications to Coastal Zone Management, EIA studies, Marine Fisheries, Biological Oceanography and Pollution etc.. How to Enter into the Course Programme

Marine science is an interdisciplinary subject. A candidate with at least 55% marks or an equivalent grade and 50% of marks or an equivalent grade for SC & ST and Physically challenged candidate in relevant subjects at M.Sc. level is eligible to appear at the university research eligibility test (URET). Course Schedule

After admission into the Ph. D programme a candidate is required to undertake course work on a regular basis for a minimum period of one semester. The course work shall comprise of two papers of 100 marks each.

1.1.4 D.Sc.

Candidates are eligible to undergo D.SC. programme after completion of Ph. D in the relevant subjects and should have at least three research articles published in international/national peer reviewed journals of repute.

There is no course work for D.Sc.

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