Master Programme

Space Science Institute of Macau University of Science and Technology

Master of Earth and Planetary Sciences Study Plan

Duration of study

 

    The normal study period for students of the Master of Earth and Planetary Sciences is 2 years, the maximum study period for local and non-mainland part-time students is 4 years. Otherwise, students are regarded as full-time and the maximum period of study will be set as 3 years.

 

Medium of Instruction

    Chinese and English 

 

Program Structure 

Table 1 Core-curriculum Courses

 

Code

Subject

Type

Credit

MSEZ01

Introduction to Modern Astronomy

Compulsory

3

MSEZ02

Principles of Remote Sensing

Compulsory

3

MSEZ03

Planetary Sciences

Compulsory

3

MSEZ04

Earth Science

Compulsory

3

MSEZ05

Numerical Methods

Compulsory

3

MSEZ06

Literature Survey and Thesis Proposal

Compulsory

3

MSEZ07

Academic Activities

Compulsory

1

 

Table 2 Elective Courses

 

Code

Subject

Type

Credit

MSEE01

Physics of the Solar System

elective

3

MSEE02

Cosmochemistry

elective

3

MSEE03

Atmospheric Physics

elective

3

MSEE04

Methods of Mathematical Physics

elective

3

MSEE05

Space Physics

elective

3

*Elective courses maybe cancelled if the number of enrolled students is below some thresold.

 

Table 3 Thesis

 

Code

Subject

Type

Credit

MSEZ00

Thesis

Compulsory

12

 

Students perform research in the following fields (but not limited to) with data from planetary exploration;

1Planetary geology;

2Planetary atmosphere and space environment;

3Research and observation on asteroids and comets.

 

Requirement

    Students are required to obtain 37 credits to complete the program, 19 credits from compulsorysubjects (Table 1)6 credits from elective subjects (Table 2), and an original master thesis of 12 credits (Table 3). Those who successfully obtain37 credits and pass the oral defense of the master thesis can apply for the Master of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Students should complete the courses works,within the first 12 months and the master’s thesis within the next 12 months.

 

 

     Upon approval from the Senate of the University, a Master/Doctoral Degree will be conferred on a student when he or she has:

 

1.Completed and met the requirements prescribed in the study plan of his or her program within the specific study period*

 

2.Abided by the regulations of the University

 

3.Cleared all fees and charges and returned all University property and equipment borrowed

 

* Students admitted from the academic year 2017/2018 onwards are required to achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above (excluding thesis/dissertation) in order to graduate.

 

For all finalized course contents, please refer to the Macau SAR Official Gazette.

In the event of any discrepancies between the Chinese and English versions of this study plan, the Chinese version will prevail.