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Coastal erosion. Threatened resources. Pollution. With increasing awareness of the importance of the world's oceans as a natural resource and of their role in the stability of the global climate and environment, marine science specialists are in high demand. Our vocational programme, involving local marine partners and companies, provides you with the scientific knowledge, skills and practical experience that you need for an exciting career in marine science.
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A good honours degree or equivalent preferably in a science or engineering subject. If you don’t have any recent formal qualifications, we may accept work place experience.
If you have overseas qualifications you can check how they compare with the UK equivalent through UK NARIC, who provide an advisory service.
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The University of Plymouth is a high-quality, research-rich institution with a mission to advance knowledge and transform lives through specialist teaching. With a Silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF 2018), our innovative learning environment is at the heart of our taught programmes.Read more
I work for the Environment Agency in West Cornwall as an Environment Officer, a post I started 5 years ago soon after graduating. I regulate the waste and water industry, carrying out fisheries enforcement and investigating environmental crime.
I studied an MSc in Applied Marine Science at Plymouth and was drawn there for many reasons, including the practical ang highly interesting programme content (marine pollution, marine and estuarine chemistry). The location of the city really added to its appeal.
Working in West Cornwall, which has a huge mining heritage and consequently a big impact on the environment, means that the processes I studied and analysed in the marine chemistry module have had direct applicability.
Without a doubt I got the job because of the skills and expertise I gained at Plymouth. My role is practical, technical and scientific. It is diverse and at times pressured so the range of topics covered and the challenges I faced while at the university have all helped a great deal.
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