The MSc degree in Applied Ocean Sciences (AOS) 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 and other aspects of 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 also reinforces essential skills such as scientific communication, numeracy and analytical thinking, and demonstrates the ability to perform independent research through the project component.

Application for the Applied Ocean Sciences (AOS) taught Masters Degree at UCT requires two steps:

1. Apply to UCT online (

Online applications for UCT open in April/May for the following year.
Please refer to the UCT website for updated details.(

2. Apply to us (MaRe)(

Closing date for applications: 31st October 2017 for the 2018 course.

International students MUST also contact the International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO)( as they will be able to advise on all the necessary documentation required to study in South Africa and any other related queries.


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