Scope – Objectives

Program features

Level: MASTER’S DEGREE

Objectives / Professional profile:

The main objective of the Graduate Program in Oceanography – PPGOCEANO (Master’s degree) is the generation and transmission of knowledge over the oceanographic processes (biological, physical, chemical and geological) of the coastal and marine environments (Blue and Brown Water Oceanography), and also the management of such space, with special interest in the State of Santa Catarina and the Southern region of Brazil. Formally, it aims to:

- ensure a high-level training and improvement of professors, researchers and professionals committed to the advance of knowledge in order to meet the national needs;

- promote the development of scientific research in the specific areas of knowledge;

- strengthen the correlated areas of study already existing at UFSC, expanding the relationship among them.

The Graduate Program in Oceanography has a proposal of action strongly connected to the scientific research, contemplating both basic and applied sciences. This option reflects on the way of approaching subjects, thesis themes and on the careful selection of applicants.

The specific objectives of PPGOCEANO are to:

- train and qualify researchers and professors at the master’s degree level in Oceanography.

- boost the search for knowledge and innovative contents that propel research on the phenomena of interaction between ocean-atmosphere, Earth-ocean, and ocean and boundary layer.

- train professionals to work in coastal and marine management.

The Master’s Program is offered for graduated professionals who attend the selection criteria and that have the skills to act as: researchers able to develop technological and scientific innovations; professors able to teach at the university level; or professionals able to create tools and strategies of response to the use and management of oceans.

For such, the program aims at training professionals to work in the areas of research and study of natural oceanographic phenomena, such as the phenomena of interaction between ocean-atmosphere, Earth–ocean and ocean and bottom boundary layer.

For the Academic Master’s Degree Program, besides the qualifying seminar (in the 6th and the 14th months) and the development of the master’s thesis, the student shall take 18 credits in elective or optional courses. Additionally, the master’s student may attend up to 30 hours (2 credits) of teaching practice. The elective courses are distributed along the two semesters of each year, and may be offered in intervals of up to two years. Some courses may be offered in an intensive format. The other credits may be taken in Special Topic Courses offered by the program or in courses from other programs (maximum of 4 credits), or even in complementary activities (such as attending events, thesis or dissertation defenses, and seminars, for up to 2 credits). The presentation of the theses in the form of articles, submitted to journals evaluated by the Qualis system of CAPES (at A1, A2, B1 or B2 levels), and/or book chapters (L1 and L2 levels) as well as the preferential integration between the lines of research will be encouraged.

For such, the program aims to prepare professionals who are able to enter the academy and/or the labor market in order to:

- develop scientific and technological innovations,

- teach in Higher Education,

- create tools and strategies of response to the use and management of coastal zone and oceans.

Total Credits for degree:

Courses: 18 credits (in elective or validated courses)

Thesis: 6 credits

Total: 24 credits

Other: up to 2 credits in extracurricular activities and 2 credits of teaching practice.

Frequency: Electives are offered every two years / optional courses are offered occasionally