Marine Systems and Policies MSc

University of Edinburgh School of GeoSciences

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

About the course

Programme description

Rapid climate change and the global expansion of human activities threaten the world’s oceans. How do we realistically balance the demand for development with the need to protect the environment?

The MSc in Marine Systems and Policies is unique from other marine programmes. It enables you to embrace the integrated approach needed to tackle the complex issues facing our oceans.

You can:

  • explore diverse marine ecosystems
  • understand the tensions between conservation and marine development
  • examine the policies in place to protect our coastlines and global ocean

How we approach marine challenges

The programme approaches these challenges through three intrinsically linked areas:

1 Science

  • Explore marine ecosystems, their socioeconomic importance, and their conservation across marine

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Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for individual programmes vary, so please check the details for the specific programme you wish to apply for on our website. You will also need to meet the University’s language requirements.


Tuition fees vary between degree programmes. Find the specific fees for your chosen programme on our website.

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