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Marine Planning for Sustainable Development MSc/Diploma

Course Description

Marine planning, including spatial planning, is a fast developing discipline of global interest with excellent employment prospects. Ambition to create jobs and growth in the ‘Blue Economy’ is made real by new technologies giving access to the wealth of resources in the oceans and seas. New approaches are needed to govern the interactions among marine industries while maintaining the aspiration for healthy seas and the conservation of ecosystems. Adaptation to the effects of climate change adds to the importance of marine planning as an essential tool in marine management.

The MSc in Marine Planning for Sustainable Development is based at the Orkney Campus but is available also at the Edinburgh Campus. Orkney is a global centre for marine energy research and development. A unique concentration of marine expertise and activity provides students with unparalleled access to key participants in the sustainable development and planning of marine industries.

Semester 2

Introduction to Marine Planning (core)

The UNESCO ten steps guide to Marine Spatial Planning; Jurisdictions; Marine Governance; the ‘Blue Economy’; Ecosystem Based Management; Marine Planning practice and international case studies.

Oceanography and Marine Ecology (core)

Fundamentals of oceanography, marine ecology and resource assessment.

Marine Resource Development (core)

Marine resources and the workings of maritime industries.

Climate Change: Causes and Impacts (option)

Climatic systems, natural variation, anthropologically induced changes.

[[Economics of Renewable Energies (option) ]]
Economic policy and practice and the understanding of energy markets.

Semester 2

Environmental Policy and Risk (core)

The Law of the Sea; International Law and Treaties; Regulatory Frameworks, Environmental Impact Assessment and Risk.

Geographical Information Systems (core)

The application of mapping and the use of GIS.

Development Appraisal (core)

Investment appraisal, financing projects, asset valuation, project planning and management.

Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation Measures (option)

Technological and political mitigation measures.

Practical Marine Survey (option)

Field course in the planning and application of marine survey.

Assistance with funding is available, please visit our website for further details and information on how to apply.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:

- 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
- 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
- 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)

Visit the Marine Planning for Sustainable Development MSc/Diploma page on the Heriot-Watt University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Kate Rydzkowski

3519.jpg Choosing to do my Masters degree at ICIT is one of the best decisions I have ever made, not only is Orkney a fantastic place to live but the Old Academy gives you all the facilities that you would want from a university, with the added bonus of all being under the same roof. And I think it would be hard to find a University with a better view from its classroom windows! The course can be intensive but I think that is good as it pushes you to work hard and get the most out of the course material.

One of the best things about Orkney is that you very quickly feel part of the community and that you have lived here all your life. There is so much to see and do with various music festivals throughout the year and as much historic culture that anyone could ever ask for. The nightlife in Orkney is good fun and you very quickly fall into a routine of doing the “rounds” of all of the pubs in Stromness. My fellow class mates and I were a regular feature in the pubs and had some amazing times playing pool and finding random songs to play on the jukebox.

I am still living in Orkney, working with local industries and studying for a PhD at ICIT in fishery management for the brown crab fishery in Orkney. Through working with the fishery I met my husband and we’re very settled living in Stromness. I couldn’t recommend Orkney more!


SFC (Scottish Funding Council) - 14 Awards

A scholarship covering tuition fees will be awarded to successful applicants, pending a selection process. Please note that the scholarship covers tuition fees only, and students are expected to fund their own living and accommodation costs. For more information please email [email protected]

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition fees


Students must be Scottish residents for a minimum of 7 years. Previous experience as well as qualifications will be taken into consideration.Not available to Distance Learners.

Application Procedure

An application form is completed.For more information please email [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants require a BSc in a relevant subject of 2:2 standard or above.

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