This degree is designed primarily for students with no previous specialisation in marine science such as graduates with a degree in biological sciences, chemistry or materials science, physics, mathematics, environmental science, physical geography or related disciplines. The programme includes compulsory introductory modules that provide a foundation in interdisciplinary marine science, along with the opportunity to specialise in particular areas through an option of modules, as well as research project experience. To highlight the specialisations possible through the option modules of the programme, we have developed “pathways” of suggested module choices, which include:
– Marine Biology and Ecology
– Physical Oceanography and Climate Dynamics
– Marine Biogeochemistry
– Marine Geology and Geophysics
Students can either follow one of these ‘pathways’, or mix options from different pathways, where the timetable allows, to pursue broader interests.Graduates often pursue careers in the marine environmental sector or undertake PhD research in marine sciences.
Core introductory modules: Biological Oceanography; Chemical Oceanography; Marine Geology; Physical Oceanography Plus: Key Skills and Literature Review
Optional modules: two from: Applied and Marine Geophysics; Biogeochemical Cycles in the Earth System; Coastal Sediment Dynamics; Computational Data Analysis for Geophysicists and Ocean Scientists; Deep-sea Ecology; Geodynamics and Solid Earth Geophysics; International Maritime and Environmental Law; Introductory Remote Sensing of the Oceans; Large-scale Ocean Processes; Microfossils, Environment and Time; Zooplankton Ecology and Processes
Optional modules: three from: Global Ocean Carbon Cycle, Ocean Acidification and Climate; Applied Coastal Sediment Dynamics; Climate Dynamics; Ecological Modelling; Environmental Radioactivity and Radiochemistry; Global Climate Cycles; Global Ocean Monitoring; Seafloor Exploration and Surveying 2; Structure and Dynamics of Marine Communities; UN Convention on the Law of the Sea
Plus: Key Skills and Literature Review Research project: From June to September, students work full-time on an independent research project that represents one-third of the MSc degree.
The ability to have a professional outlook supported by a broad understanding of the environment is the focus of this diverse course, which aims to develop the interdisciplinary skills required for a career as an environmental scientist in this exciting and fast-growing industry. This course offers a wider choice of options compared to our other Environmental Science masters courses.
Compulsory modules include: Environmental Impact Assessment; Natural Resource Governance; MSc Research Project; Advanced Quantitative Methods
Optional modules include: Sustainable Resource Management; Environmental Law and Management; Environmental Pollution; Geographical Information Systems; Environmental Management Systems; Global Change Biology; Environmental Modelling and Spatial Analysis; Freshwater Ecosystems; Coastal Flood Defence; Coastal and Maritime Engineering and Energy; Energy Resources and Engineering; Coastal Morphodynamics; Air Quality and Environmental Pollution; Waste Resource Management; Bioenergy; River and Fisheries Restoration
Water scientists and engineers are vital for the conservation and enhancement of our aquatic environment, both locally and globally. This MSc develops students’ ability to accurately assess the potential and existing impacts on the water environment from industrial practices, abstraction and agriculture. It focuses on developing the professional skills required for a rewarding career as a water focused environmental scientist.
Compulsory modules include: Freshwater Ecosystems; Environmental Pollution; Rivers and Fisheries Restoration; Natural Resource Governance; MSc Research Project; Advanced Quantitative Methods
Optional modules include: Geographical Information Systems; Sustainable Resource Management; Environmental Law and Management; Environmental Management Systems; Coastal Flood Defence; River Basin Management; Coastal and Maritime Engineering and Energy; Coastal Morphodynamics; Waste Resource Management; Water and Wastewater Engineering
Environmental pollution experts play a crucial role in the safe and responsible management of our environment. This MSc equips students with the ability to accurately monitor emissions and mitigate their harmful impact. Students will develop the professional skills required for rewarding careers as environmental pollution scientists in this international industry.
Compulsory modules include: Environmental Pollution; Sustainable Resource Management; Environmental Law and Management; Air Quality and Environmental Pollution; MSc Research Project; Advanced Quantitative Methods
Optional modules include: Environmental Management Systems; Geographical Information Systems; Freshwater Ecosystems; River Basin Management; Coastal and Maritime Engineering and Energy; Energy Resources and Engineering; Coastal Flood Defence; Waste Resource Management; Waste and Wastewater Engineering; River and Fisheries Restoration
Environmental management professionals play a critical role in the safe and responsible governance of our environment. The importance of accurate monitoring of environmental data and assessment of predicted change sits at the heart of this diverse course Students will develop the professional skills required for a career as an environmental scientist in this fast-growing and rapidly-changing industry.
Compulsory modules include: Environmental Impact Assessment; Environmental Management Systems; Sustainable Resource Management; Environmental Law and Management; MSc Research Project; Advanced Quantitative Methods
Optional modules include: Geographical Information Systems; Air Quality and Environmental Pollution; Natural Resource Governance; Energy Resources and Engineering; Coastal Flood Defence; Bioenergy; Environmental Modelling
This research-led, applied, interdisciplinary programme explores sustainability in both developed and developing societies. It focuses on the global issues affecting the planet, including climate change, social and health inequalities, poverty and global recession. Students can choose optional modules covering a range of disciplines including remote sensing, GIS, consultancy, management and population. Taught by world-class academic experts from multidisciplinary backgrounds, the programme offers a solid foundation for developing careers in the public, private and third sectors as well as national and international agencies such as the United Nations, FAO and DFID. MSc Sustainability (Research) PG Cert and PG Dip are also optional routes.
Core modules: Introduction to sustainability science; Data collection for assessing sustainability; Environmental Impact Assessment Example modules: Environmental Management Systems; Geographic Information Systems; Population, Poverty and Policy: International Corporate Social Responsibility; Consultancy Skills; GIS for Analysis of Health; Census and Neighbourhood Analysis; Overseas residential field course Plus Sustainability Research Project/ Dissertation
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This MSc programme is suitable for engineering, mathematics, and physical sciences graduates who wish to specialise in marine engineering systems on board ships, and offshore platforms that facilitate their functional capability. No prior specialised knowledge of the discipline is required and an introductory module called Fundamentals of Ship Science is provided in the programme.
Compulsory modules: Fundamentals of Ship Science; MSc Research Project; Advanced Sensors and condition Monitoring; Marine Law and Management; Marine Engineering; Advanced Control Design; Advanced Electrical Systems; Marine Safety and Environmental Engineering
Optional modules: Fuel Cells and Photovoltaic Systems 1; Tribology Engineering and Engine Tribology; Advances in Ship Resistance and Propulsion; Control and Instrumentation; Maritime Robotics
The coastal zone is widely recognised as important at national, European and global levels. Skilled graduates who can understand environmental issues and apply this to engineering problems are in high demand. Designed with your future career in mind, this course will enable you to acquire core knowledge of environmental coastal engineering, develop key skills such as the use of numerical models and Environmental Impact Assessment, understand the design of coastal structures, and enable you to apply this knowledge to address real problems in the coastal zone. This unique one-year course is taught jointly by Engineering and the Environment and Ocean and Earth Science, with extensive input from industry.
Introductory and core modules: Modelling Coastal Processes; Coastal Flood Defence; Coastal Morphodynamics; Coastal Sediment Dynamics, Environmental Impact Assessment; GIS; Understanding Civil Engineering (Hydraulics) (for nonengineers); Introduction to Marine Geology (for engineers); Key Skills and Applied Coastal Oceanography; Coastal and Maritime Engineering and Energy
Environmental scientists are vital for the conservation and enhancement of our biodiversity. The accurate monitoring of species diversity, change, population abundance and distribution are key in the protection and enhancement of our ecosystems. This course provides students with excellent preparation for a career as an environmental scientist in conservation, whether working for local authorities, NGOs or international consultancies.
Compulsory modules include: Environmental Impact Assessment; Freshwater Ecosystems; Global Change Biology; MSc Research Project; Advanced Quantitative Methods
Optional modules include:Environmental Pollution; Deep Sea Ecology; Environmental Law and Management; Geographical Information Systems; Natural Resource Governance; Bioenergy; Rivers and Fisheries Restoration; Applied Ecology; River Basin Management; Environmental Modelling and Spatial Analysis
You will focus on a particular area of oceanography, which may be influenced by the subject area of your first degree, and develop specific knowledge and skills in areas determined by the modules you select and the nature of the research you undertake. The MRes is a research-led programme that differs from the MSc in focusing less on taught modules and more on the research project (about two-thirds of the year).
Semester one Core modules: Contemporary Topics in Ocean and Earth Science; plus one from: Introduction to Biological Oceanography; Introduction to Chemical Oceanography; Introduction to Marine Geology; Introduction to Physical Oceanography
Optional module: one from: Biogeochemical Cycles in the Earth System; Computational Data Analysis for Geophysicist and Ocean Scientists; Deep-sea Ecology; International Maritime and Environmental Law; Introductory Remote Sensing of the Oceans; Large scale Ocean Processes; Zooplankton Ecology and Processes
Optional module: one from: Applied Biogeochemistry and Pollution; Applied Coastal Sediment Dynamics; Climate Dynamics; Ecological Modelling; Environmental Radioactivity and Radiochemistry; Global Climate Cycles; Reproduction in Marine Animals; Sea Floor Exploration and Surveying 2; Structure and Dynamics of Marine Communities; UN Convention on the Law of the Sea
Plus research project
The sustainable provision and use of energy is a major challenge of the 21st century. This programme aims to equip the next generation of energy professionals with the multidisciplinary approaches required to tackle climate change issues, whilst improving energy supply and the built environment. We enable students to view energy and sustainability challenges from multiple perspectives, which in turn will lead to
the development of rounded – and lasting solutions. Studying the MSc in Energy and Sustainability (Energy, Resources and Climate Change) will enable you to study the impact of using fossil fuels on the environment and develop alternative sustainable energy solutions.
Compulsory modules: Introduction to Energy Technologies, Environment and Sustainability; Climate Change, Energy and Settlements; Geographic Information Systems; Energy Resources and Engineering; Data Analysis and Experimental Methods for Civil and Environmental Engineering; Bioenergy; Waste Resource Management; MScResearch Project
Optional modules: one module from either Energy Performance Assessment of Buildings and Climatic Design of Buildings
This programme is a unique collaboration, jointly delivered by Southampton and Marwell Wildlife. Marwell Wildlife is a conservation charity with a zoological park as part of its conservation profile. It undertakes a broad portfolio of conservation research including managing individuals and populations of threatened species and restoration of endangered wildlife and ecosystems. This MRes is the only wildlife conservation programme currently available in the UK to offer such a high degree of interaction between a university and a conservation organisation. Its ultimate aim is to produce individuals with the skills, experience and academic credentials required for employment as conservation biologists. To provide an immersive experience for students and to ensure we have the scope to cover all that the MRes encompasses, the course is based on a full calendar year, running from October until late September. The MRes is a full-time course, with no provision for a part-time option at this time. Tuition fees will depend on which research project is undertaken.
- Wildlife Conservation: Disciplines and Principles
- Fieldwork- Before, During and After (10 day field course to Marwell Wildlife's conservation and research site in Kenya)
- Techniques in monitoring and surveying
- Advanced Quantitative methods
- MRes Wildlife Conservation research project (independent research in the UK or Africa)