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Marine Environmental Protection

Course Description

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.

This MSc is a full-time one-year course, consisting of 9 months taught course and 3 months research project, and examined by continuous assessment. The course provides theoretical and practical training in measuring and quantifying marine resources and the effects of conflicting usage upon them. It provides a sound scientific basis on which to develop policy and make decisions on marine resource exploitation and protection around the world.

Course Aims
To broaden the student's awareness of the economic potential of the ocean, to generate an understanding of the major marine biological resources and the physical processes controlling these resources, to provide theoretical and practical training in measuring and quantifying these resources and the effects of conflicting usage upon them, to enhance those skills necessary to manage effectively the sea area of national jurisdiction, and to produce graduates with appropriate experience for developing policy and making decisions on marine resources and other marine uses for their individual countries or regions. To date, most graduates have taken up employment in the field of marine environmental protection in the UK and abroad.

You will receive training in the following major modules:

Marine Ecology Skills
Marine Fisheries
Coastal Habitat Ecology and Survey
Marine Environmental Impacts and their Assessment
Marine Conservation and Coastal Zone Management
Research Project design and Planning
Research Project and Dissertation
Modules combine different learning approaches, including taught lectures, seminars and working groups, practicals in the laboratory, on the shore or at sea, as well as personal study and practical research.

Skills Trained
The broad areas covered in each module are outlined below. For more detail on what our current students are studying you can take a look at our online module information.

Marine Ecology Skills
Experimental and survey design
Statistical techniques
Ship work
Taxonomic Workshop
Marine benthos survey
Statistical analysis
Report writing
Marine Fisheries
Fisheries biology
Fisheries resources
Fisheries survey at sea
Population dynamics of fin fish
Coastal Habitat Ecology and Survey
Coastal habitat ecology
Survey techniques
Planning biological surveys
Risk assessment
Team field survey
Marine Environmental Impacts and their Assessment
Physical and chemical processes causing impacts
Development of the coastal zone
Environmental Impact Assessment
Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement
Consultant / Developer interviews
EIA public meeting
Marine Conservation and Coastal Zone Management
Environmental remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems
Coastal Zone Law
Integrated Coastal Zone Management
Coastal Zone Management Conference
Research Project Design and Planning
Literature review
Project proposal development
Scientific peer review
Research Project and Dissertation
Health and Safety
Practical research at home or overseas
20,000 word dissertation

Visit the Marine Environmental Protection page on the Bangor University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

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

(Student Profile)

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!



Overseas applicants only• BANGOR UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIPThe new International Entrance Scholarship offered by Bangor University is a 10% reduction
in the first year’s tuition fees and is open to all International applicants who apply before 30th
June, 2012. The International Entrance Scholarship will replace the International Scholarship
that was previously available.
• Eligibility Criteria:
• Successful candidates who submitted their application to study at Bangor University
before the 30th of June, 2012 will be eligible for the International Entrance Scholarship.
• The International Entrance Scholarship will apply to students beginning their courses
(Postgraduate Taught) after September 2011.
• The International Entrance Scholarship is offered in the form of a 10% reduction in the
tuition fees payable at registration.
• Students who receive other types of scholarships from Bangor University or other
sources will not be entitled to the International Entrance Scholarship.
• The scholarship is not open to UK/EU applicants.
For more information about the International Entrance Scholarship, other sources of funding
and applying to study at Bangor University please e-mail: [email protected] or visit the web site http://www.bangor.ac.uk/international

Value of Scholarship(s)



Visit International WEB site

Application Procedure

Initially, follow the web link below to register your interest. Further information will be sent directly.

Further Information



Access to Masters (European Union Convergence) Funding - 10 Awards

Applicants must have a Welsh address as their permanent home address, they can have a different correspondence address.
Nominations are made by the course director if eligible.
Students would be committed to undertaking their research project with a Welsh small or medium business / enterprise [SME]. The School of Ocean Sciences has various links with suitable local businesses.
Monthly time-sheets would have to completed by any beneficiary giving details of lectures, assignments and background reading / study.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition fees paid plus £110 weekly maintenance (46 weeks only) term time


Permanent Welsh address on application form.

Application Procedure

If eligible with a Welsh address applicants should indicate on the application form, under SECTION D FINANCIAL SUPPORT and third party funding; that they wish to be considered for Access to Masters funding.
Please see below link to the Access to Masters web pages whereby information and downloads are available. This is linked to the main KESS website - the ATM menu is situated on the left of the page.http://www.bangor.ac.uk/kess/atm/download.php.en?catid=&subid=8686

Further Information



Kirby Laing Foundation Scholarships - 4 Awards

The scholarships will be awarded from 2011; the scholarship recipient will receive their awards on October.The selection process and nominations for the Kirby Laing Foundation scholarships will be the responsibility of M.Sc. Course Directors and ratified by the School of Ocean Sciences Academic Committee.

Value of Scholarship(s)

3 of £5000 & 1 of £3,750 each year


• The Kirby Laing Foundation ScholarshipsThe Kirby Laing Foundation’s Gift will support the School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University, and will be directed towards scholarships for M.Sc students.
Over a 3 year period 9 Kirby Laing Foundation scholarships of £5,000 and 2 scholarships of £3,750 will be awarded and the recipients will receive their awards in October.
The Kirby Laing Foundation scholarships will be open to all M.Sc. students and the financial need of the applicant will be considered. The scholarship recipients shall comply with all the rules and regulations of Bangor University.

Application Procedure

All eligible students who accept the offer of a place on any of the four MSc courses will be considered.


Santander Scholarships for Taught Potsgraduate students - 5 Awards

Bangor University Santander Taught Postgraduate Scholarships.
Up to five scholarships of £5,000 will be given out to Master’s students starting their programmes in 2012. The scholarship fund aims to reward the most academically gifted students from countries that are supported by the Santander Universidades scheme. The award will be given to students from the following 11 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela

Value of Scholarship(s)



The award will be given to students from the following 11 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela. http://www.bangor.ac.uk/scholarships/santander.php.en

Application Procedure

http://www.bangor.ac.uk/scholarships/santander.php.enGo to WEB site and if eligible - apply.

Entry Requirements

Applicants are normally expected to have a 2(i) undergraduate Honours degree for admission and to have a background in marine, environmental, zoological, or biological sciences, although we have accepted students with subjects as diverse as geography and mining engineering. We also accept mature applicants (age 25+) without formal qualifications, but with suitable relevant experience.

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