School of Informatics - Masters Programmes

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M. Phil – Ecological Informatics

Ecological Informatics (E.I) is a trans-disciplinary subject, which integrates ecology, informatics, computational and social sciences in order to improve our understanding of ecological processes and expand socio-ecological theory to integrate the earth's natural systems, human values, human health and well being. This program emphasizes using Information technology to address ecological issues. It prepares students for a meaningful research career in ecological/ environmental science.

The multi-dimensional approach of IT enabling ecological study/ research as envisioned at the school of ecological informatics, IIITM-K is perhaps globally peerless.

M. Phil-EI is a one-year full time program and adopts a credit system. Students earn their degree by completing 30 credit points, split among course work, seminar and a thesis. The program is so designed that students spent their first six months at IIITM-K, when they earn a maximum of 20 credits (19 from 3 courses and 1 seminar), before proceeding to one of the participating institutions (Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore, Indian Institute of Remote sensing, Dehradun, The French Institute, Pondicherry) to carry out either a research project or complete a pertinent review and write a thesis, which can earn them a maximum of 10 credit points.

Recognition by University of Kerala
University of Kerala has recognized M.Phil Ecological Informatics as equivalent to the following courses.
1. M.Phil Physics [pdf]
2. M.Phil. Botany [pdf]
3. M.Phil. Environment Science[pdf]


First class M.Sc. in Natural/ Physical Sciences with CGPA 6.5 or above in 10 points scale.

Number of seats

The number of seats for this program is 15

Selection Criteria

Admissions are based on Admission Test / interview. The candidates who have qualified the national Eligibility Test (NET) conducted by UGC/CSIR etc are exempted from the written test. The All India Admission test will be conducted at New Delhi, Kolkatta, Chennai, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kannur.

Course Description

Ecological Informatics (EI) is a trans-disciplinary subject that integrates ecology, computational sciences, informatics and social sciences, in order to improve our understanding of ecological processes and expand socio-ecological theory to integrate the earth’s natural systems, human values, human health and well-being. A suite of disciplines - ecology, informatics, computational sciences, ecological economics, anthropology, sociology and demography constitute EI.

Course Fee

The course fee for M.Phil programme is Rs.60,000/-. The fee is payable in two equal installments of Rs.30000/-

Salient Features

The programme in Ecological Informatics has a strong emphasis on trans-disciplinarity. It is perhaps the first academic exercise in India to impart computational and IT/informatics skills to students with background in natural sciences. The programme aims to prepare students for a future in ecological sciences research, with a special emphasis on using Information Technology in the context. The inclusion of social dimension will complement development of critical thinking ability of the students Hands on programming and first hand research exposure, particularly in another institution is a constructive innovation adopted.

Upon successful completion, the students will develop a holistic understanding of the relevant concepts in ecological sciences, be competent to identify appropriate computational method, use computational tools to analyze and understand key theoretical, methodological and practical issues that underpin the flow of information within the biosphere, appreciate the contribution of a range of scientific and social disciplines in understanding and constructing environmental information pathways, demonstrate competence in the substantive areas covered by the course and develop skills that they can use in careers within, and beyond the field of environmental informatics.

The course is an ideal stepping-stone towards a doctoral research fellowship or a research career.

Course Duration and credits

The course will be for a period of one year with two semesters. The candidates will spend first semester at IIITM-K and the second under a mentor at one of the collaborating institution.

Collaborating Departments/institution

- Center for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

- Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun

-The French Institute, India, Pondicherry

Core Courses

-Ecological Physics and Landscape Ecology

-Quantitative Ecology

-Information Systems

-Spatial Informatics

-Ecological Economics

-Ecological Anthropology

-Sociology & demography

-Research Methodology

Graduation Eligibility

For graduation, the student must satisfy all the requirements as per the CUSAT rules.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 April 2016 21:14