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The Institute of Marine Sciences under the auspices of the Sida Bilateral Marine Science Programme invites applications from qualified Tanzanians for scholarships to pursue MSc degree by Coursework and Dissertation and PhD degree by thesis for the academic year 2009/2010. Conditions for admission for the postgraduate programmes are governed by the University of Dar es Salaam General Regulations and Guidelines for Postgraduate Study Programmes (see or the University where the student will seek admission.

Successful candidates will be sponsored by the Sida Bilateral Marine Science Programme, which is a collaborative research and training programme between the University of Dar es Salaam (Institute of Marine Sciences, Faculty of Aquatic Science and Technology and Department of Botany) and Stockholm University (Department of Botany, Department of Zoology) and Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, School of Life Sciences, Södertörn University College; & Centre for Image Analysis, Uppsala University, Sweden. The scholarships will cover all direct university costs, stipend and research costs as stipulated by the registering university.

  1. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Marine Science by thesis:
    The duration of this programme is three years and students are expected to be on full-time study. A student must submit a substantive and comprehensive research proposal within 6 months after registration. Full studentship commences immediately after formal registration.
  2. Master of Science in Marine Sciences by Coursework and Dissertation
    The duration of the programme is 24 months and is aimed at producing marine scientists with in-depth understanding of marine science concepts. Students will specialise in either
    (i) Marine and Coastal Resources Management, or
    (ii) Marine and Coastal Geo-Informatics

The Marine and Coastal Resources Management specialization will give emphasis to marine resources management as well as environmental and Socio-economic issues. The programme can be seen as a convergent programme in the sense that it may link/collaborate with other relevant programmes and basic research and thus an opening for multi-disciplinary research. It is hoped that this programme in collaboration with others will contribute much in the offshore stock assessment that is poorly known in Tanzania. The specialisation trains students to address scientific and socio-economic issues related to coastal and marine resources through an interdisciplinary education in marine science, policy, law, quantitative analysis, and modelling.

The Marine and Coastal Geo-informatics specialisation is designed to provide an advanced education in the principles and practice of GIS and remote sensing in marine sciences. The programme comprises taught courses, covering data models and data structures, acquisition and management of data, spatial analysis and modelling, remote sensing, GIS design and implementation issues, GIS programming and customisation and database technology. Concepts and techniques are illustrated using case study material drawn from a variety of application areas. Practical work is undertaken using a variety of commercial software including ArcGIS and ERDAS Imagine. For the award of MSc the student must undertake an independent research project, submitted as a written dissertation.

Applicants are kindly requested to note that:

  1. MSc candidates must fulfil the minimum admission requirements of the University of Dar es Salaam.
  2. PhD candidates may register at the University of Dar es Salaam, Stockholm University, Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, School of Life Sciences, Södertörn University College; Centre for Image Analysis, Uppsala University, Sweden; and must fulfil admission requirements of registering University;
  3. Priority research areas are Fisheries (biology, stock assessment and economics), aquaculture, marine natural products and computer/mathematical modelling of ocean and coastal circulation, marine and coastal ecosystems and ecological and environmental modelling. All of the studies must take account of Global Climatic Changes and Variability, Sustainability and Ecosystem Based Management
  4. Female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply;
  5. Age limit for suitable MSc and PhD candidate is 30 and 35 years, respectively .
  6. Application forms can be downloaded from
  7. Application letters must be accompanied by photocopies of your certificates, academic transcripts, birth certificates or affidavit, names and addresses of at least two referees (one of whom must have been your major subject lecturer) and indicate their reliable contact telephone numbers and/or e-mail address.

All enquiries for additional information and applications should be forwarded to:

Institute of Marine Sciences,
University of Dar es Salaam,
Mizingani Rd., P. O. Box 668, ZANZIBAR - TANZANIA;
Tel. (024) 2232128/2230741, Fax (024) 223 3050,
E-mail:; to reach him not later than 15th February


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