M.Phil. and Ph.D. in In Environmental Biology
All organisms live inhabit environments to which they have become adapted to, through millions of years of evolution. These organisms also have to respond to both biotic and abiotic changes within these environments. Often these changes induce some level of response in organisms. In recent times, numerous anthropogenic perturbations which have resulted in global environmental changes. These changes can modify the chemical or physical environments, or the organisms themselves. The field of environmental biology enables us to understand how organisms respond to these changes, their interactions with each other and their interaction with the environment. A wide spectrum of approaches is employed in environmental biological research ranging from molecular biology to population biology and community ecology. The environmental biology track is designed to accommodate students of various science backgrounds with rigorous training in environmental sciences/environmental biology.
The MPhil and PhD programme in Environmental Biology focuses on research related to interactions between biological systems and the environment, at the cellular, whole organism and ecosystem levels. Major areas of emphasis include environmental assessment and monitoring, biodiversity conservation, environmental microbiology, effects of pollution on living organisms, environmental health, control of vectors of human diseases, coral reef health, ecosystem services.
To facilitate plant/ecological/microbial biological research of a high international standard on all levels of integration (from molecules to cells; from cells to whole plants; from individual plants to ecosystems), resulting in a high-quality dissertation.
To organize and facilitate high-quality training and education for M.Phil. and Ph.D. candidates in the research area of Environmental Biology, bringing together different expertise areas.
To ensure that students can develop expertise in techniques (Monitoring and assessment) used in Environmental Biology, and make new and interesting contributions to the field on Environmental Biology.
- BSc degree/major in a Life Sciences or related discipline
- Postgraduate degree in Environmental Biology, Biology or related discipline
- Full-time: 2 years
- Part-time: 3 – 4 years
- Full-time: 3 years
- Part-time: 4 - 5 years
Programme Structure/Course of Study
M.Phil./ Ph.D. Thesis and Examination
All research degrees are examined by theses.
In addition, research students will be required to pass courses amounting to a MINIMUM of
- 6 credits for the M.Phil.
- 9 credits for the Ph.D. degree
Graduate Research Seminars
M.Phil. students are required to present at least two seminars and Ph.D. students at least three seminars:
- GRSM 7004 - Scientific Presentation and Critique 1
- GRSM 7005 - Scientific Presentation and Critique 2
- GRSM 7006 - Scientific Presentation and Critique 3
- GRSM 8004 - Scientific Presentation and Critique 1
- GRSM 8005 - Scientific Presentation and Critique 2
- GRSM 8006 - Scientific Presentation and Critique 3
These seminars will be examined and graded on a ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ basis. These courses may be used as a forum for these presentations which will be assessed in the manner prescribed for such “assessed seminars”.
Students are also required to attend a minimum of 75% of all Departmental/Faculty seminars. A Seminar attendance register will be kept by all Departments.
Upgrading of Registration
Defence of Thesis
- For the M.Phil. degree the candidate may be required to defend his/her thesis by an examination.
- Every candidate for the Ph.D. must defend his/her thesis by an oral examination.
A candidate who is unsuccessful in the examination for the Ph.D. may apply to the Board for Graduate Studies and Research for transfer of registration to the relevant M.Phil. and for permission to resubmit the relevant thesis or a revised version of it for examination for a Master’s degree.