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MSc Marine Environmental Management

Course Description


This course launched in October 2006 and is aimed at people who want to pursue a career in marine conservation or marine resource management. It can be taken either as a twelve-month Masters degree or nine-month Diploma.
There is now worldwide consensus that the marine environment needs much better management. Urgent calls are being made for greater protection of marine habitats and the reform of fisheries management. The UK Government is working to create a system of spatial planning for the sea, something we have had on land for a very long time, and similar efforts are under way in many other countries. Consequently, there is a growing demand for people who have been trained in marine resource management.
This course will equip graduates for careers within non-governmental conservation organisations, Government environmental, conservation or fishery agencies and environmental consultancy companies. It also provides a firm foundation from which to launch an academic career. During the course, students will be thoroughly grounded in environmental problems affecting the oceans and will discover the latest thinking in how to manage marine resources. The course will place a strong emphasis on the importance of understanding marine ecosystem structure, function and processes and how human activities and global change are affecting these. It will also consider the socio-economic implications of these.
The course will enable students to develop their research and practical skills to a high level. These skills will be built through the dissertation project, a "term paper" which is written on an issue that is suggested by the student and a summer placement at an organisation outside the University of York. For their placement, students undertake a study of relevance to marine environmental management, which they write into a report that is assessed for their degree. Institutions where placements can be done include government agencies, NGOs, other universities or research institutes.


All Environment degree programmes have a 'modular' structure, where each module comprises a 10 credit unit or multiple of this. A 10 credit module is equivalent to 100 hours of work, typically comprising 18 contact hours with staff and 82 hours of private-study for a lecture-based module. Modules involving field and laboratory classes have greater proportions of contact time.
Students must accumulate 180 credits for the MSc and 120 credits for the diploma from compulsory and optional modules. Dissertations are compulsory and worth 30 credits for the MSc and 20 credits for the Diploma. MSc students must also complete a summer placement project, worth 50 credits, which is usually done outside the university. Students obtain 70 credits through compulsory taught modules and accumulate the rest through optional modules. During the first three weeks of term students can attend more modules than they will continue with in order to help them decide which ones they want to complete.

Visit the MSc Marine Environmental Management page on the University of York website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:1, some background in ecology and/or environmental management useful but not essential. A 2:2 may be considered, particularly where the student has high marks in relevant modules and/or appropriate industrial or other relevant work experience.

Course Fees

2016/17 Home/EU: £6,650; Overseas: £15,680

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