Marine Geology

Marine Geology


The Marine Geology Department was established in 1978.This is one of the three Universities in the Country offering M.Sc. in Marine Geology. The courses offered by the department are: M.Sc. in Marine Geology, M.Sc. in Geoinformatics (since 1999-2000) and Ph. D. in Marine Geology and Geoinformatics. The student teacher ratio is about 1:6.  The M.Sc. courses offered by the department are semester and Choice Based Credit System.

Marine Geology is one of the interdisciplinary and stimulating branches of Earth Science.  The students who are interested in M.Sc. in Marine Geology will learn about the earth, atmospheric (meteorology and climatology) and ocean sciences including geographic information system (GIS) in first three semesters followed by dissertation/projectwork either at the Department of Marine Geology, Mangalore University or at national laboratories/institutes and private organizations related to the course.


The course is open to all science graduates.  Candidates with Bachelor degree of Mangalore University or any other degree considered as equivalent with any three science subjects or two in science subjects with geography at the undergraduate level or B.E. in any subject are eligible to apply provided they have secured a minimum of 45% (40% for SC/ST/Category-I candidates) marks aggregate including languages and Group III subjects.



After M.Sc. course, the candidates are eligible for geologist positions in Geological Survey of India (GSI); Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and Atomic Minerals Directorate (AMD); Groundwater Department, Mines and Geology Department of State Governments, private sectors and multinational corporations etc.


Research opportunities and faculty positions

After M.Sc. course, students can seek research positions in different fields of earth, atmosphere and ocean science to get Ph.D. degree and after that Post-Doctoral research in various universities, research and development institutions, CSIR labs, overseas institutions, and private institutions. Faculty positions in engineering, post-graduate departments related to earth, atmospheric and ocean sciences in universities and national institutes are also available.


Details about course:

The M.Sc. in Marine Geology course is about the origin and evolution of the oceans, past history of the earth and climate, natural resources and their exploration. The formation, composition, and evolutionary history of the seafloor, origin of marine sediments, their physical, chemical and biological characteristics, evolution of life, isotopic age determinations are topics connected about the ocean floor. Physical, chemical and biological oceanography subjects include the study of ocean water column. The subjects of the M.Sc. course in Marine Geology are Oceanography  (Physical, Chemical, Geological and Biological); Marine Resources; Geophysics and Geodynamics; Atmospheric Sciences (Meteorology and Climatology); Geochemistry and Mineralogy; Petrology; Structural Geology; Stratigraphy and Palaeontology; Geomorphology and Geodynamics; Economic Geology; Hydrogeology, Environmental Geology, Exploration Geology, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and GIS and Surveying, Geostatistics and Computer Applications. In addition, Geosciences and Atmospheric Science and Oceanography have been included as open elective subjects for other PG students.


Contact Address

The Chairman
Department of Marine Geology
Mangalore University
Mangalagangotri - 574 199.
Phone: +91-824-2287389