Master degrees in Marine Sciences offers advanced study of coastal environments and maricultural (including shipping and farming).
Taught MSc degrees are typical for the field, though research oriented MRes and MPhil programmes may also be available at some institutions. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Marine Biology.
The main aim of these courses is to equip you with the skills to understand, develop and monitor the influence of anthropogenic (human) factors on marine environments. This includes an investigation of issues such as coastal erosion, maritime transport, pollution, and climate change.
A range of tropical and temperate habitats such as coral reefs and benthic areas may be examined, particularly their physical, chemical and biological properties. This includes undertaking survey and sampling techniques, from bioimaging and radiochemical analysis, to marine mapping through remote sensing and GIS (geographical information systems).
Careers are highly varied and may include marine agriculture, conservation practise, environmental monitoring and consultancy. They may also include policy-making and legislation for agencies and local government, journal editing and scientific writing, or laboratory research.
This programme is unique in Europe and beyond. It embraces a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to understanding the roles of humans and their connection to marine ecosystems for survival and prosperity.
This MSc approaches marine systems as an integrated socio-ecological system through focusing on three spheres of marine systems:
Applicants who applied after 12 December 2016 receiving an offer of admission, either unconditional or conditional, may be required to pay a tuition fee deposit. Please see the fees and costs section for more information.
This programme involves two semesters of classes followed by an individual research project. The curriculum consists of compulsory and optional taught courses followed by a period of individual dissertation project work. There will also be local and international field trips.
Compulsory courses typically include:
Through consultation with your Programme Director you will choose three option courses from areas such as:
Courses are offered subject to timetabling and availability and are subject to change.
Our field trips provide site-based learning of both natural and social science practices, a key dynamic of this MSc. The core field trip has historically taken place in tropical locations such as Jamaica and the Maldives.
This MSc provides a foundation for work up to international level, for government bodies, think-tanks, consulting firms and NGOs where an integrated understanding of marine ecosystems, policies and practice is required.