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Marine Environmental Protection - MSc

Bangor University    College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Full time September MSc 1 year full time

About the course

The emergence of the Law of the Sea Convention and establishment of Exclusive Economic Zones has given coastal states extensive and comprehensive rights and obligations over marine resources in vast areas of ocean. Wise management of ocean resources is essential if the full economic potential of these new entitlements is to be realised. To ensure the continuing biological productivity of these areas, the level and type of development of activities such as waste dumping, mineral extraction, recreation, industrial and urban growth, fisheries and aquaculture, need to be controlled, and interactions of these often conflicting activities resolved by management.

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Entry Requirements

Entry to the MSc/Diploma Marine Environmental Protection requires a 2(ii) undergraduate Honours degree in a Biological Science (e.g. Biology, Botany, Zoology, Ecology, Conservation, Marine Biology). Applicants from other science subject areas or with relevant employment experience are encouraged to apply, provided that they can demonstrate evidence of motivation and experience in their Personal Statement and CV.

IELTS: 6.5 (with no element below 6.0) is required.

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Student Profile(s)

David Tarrant

I hope you are well. I have been meaning to send you this email for a while, but now seems a good time as it is almost exactly a year since I left sunny Bangor and headed for Edinburgh.

The reason for this email is to inform you of just how crucial the MEP course has been in forming my career. Since joining Royal Haskoning I think I have used an element of every single module directly in my work as a marine environmental scientist. I have used the shell Island and statistics modules to aid survey design and analyse data for site conditioning monitoring of a Welsh SAC. I have used skills developed in the fisheries module, to help assess the sustainability and advice for MSC accreditation of sea fisheries on the south coast. I have spent many an hour plotting data using ARCmap which I have then used it to inform SNH about habitats that exist within their intertidal SSSIs, and I have also written several EIA chapters. I have not as yet used skills learnt through the ICZM module, but we have just won some SEA work for which I helped write the proposal so I think that will just about complete the set.

So thank you so much for your help and support during my time at Bangor, I believe it to be the most defining year of my life so far and certainly the one in which I achieved the most. I will not forget that it was your MEP course that got me to where I am now and for that I am eternally grateful. I have copied into this email key staff who went out of their way to help me during the course but please pass on my thanks to all staff in the school it is a brilliant place to learn.

All the best and I will stay in touch to let you know how my career progresses.


David Tarrant. BSc.(hons), MSc.
Marine Environmental Scientist

Dan Ward

Post MSc – Dan Wood
After completing the MSc. in Aquaculture, Shellfish Biology & Fisheries in 2004/5 I filled in a few applications and two interviews later I joined Cefas as a business development assistant, primarily concentrating on bringing in new international projects.
Since 2007 I’ve become a Marine Management Scientist, mainly focusing on the impacts of marine renewables on the marine environment. My time is divided between project management, scientific writing and publishing and winning new business for Cefas.
A lot of the MSc. course was centred on training to become a professional scientist. I’m now using this training everyday. I’ve just been promoted and really love the fact that my job uses a wide variety of my skills.
Looking back, the best thing about Ocean Sciences was the fantastic mix of education, learning and social life. And meeting the girl I would later marry!


As you would expect from a university that places great emphasis on student support, Bangor is keen to offer extra help to students. There are bursaries and scholarships available for postgraduate students.

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