Faculty of Science and Engineering

MSc in Marine Environmental Management

Postgraduate - Taught MSc

Open for admission in 2018/19

Start in September

Full time
MSc 1 year

About the course

Marine management is becoming ever more challenging and complex. Global factors such as climate change, the loss of the Arctic ice cap and increasingly globalised trade in seafood are all having a huge impact. This has generated a demand for graduates with advanced knowledge in this area. 

This programme will give you an understanding of marine environmental processes and policies at local, national, European and global scales. Two pathways have been created, one for those interested in Fisheries Science and the other for those interested in Marine Ecology.  You’ll graduate with the skills and knowledge to work in a wide range of marine environmental organisations – or continue your studies even further at PhD level.

There are two pathways available:

  • MSc Marine Environmental Management (Fisheries)
  • MSc Marine Environmental Management (Ecology)

When applying for this programme, please specify the name of the pathway you wish to study.

Where you'll study

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £7,275

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,609 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

  • International: £16,000

What you'll study

The modules you study will depend on which pathway you choose.

    Core module

    • Dissertation

    Other modules include

    • Applied Fisheries Science and Management

    • Principles of GIS

    • Applied Benthic Ecology

    • Ecosystem Assessment

    • Ecotoxicology 

    • Marine and Aquatic Environmental Law

    • Scientific Diving

    • Research Design

    • Professional Consultancy Project

    • Environmental Impact Assessment

    • Operational Oceanography

    We are a leading centre for research into environmental issues of global importance.

    Delve deeper

    Study under experts. Our geography and environmental studies research was ranked third in the UK for its impact in the most recent national assessment. 

    Find out more

    We are a member of the GU8 consortium, a group of port city universities from across the world, providing us with international collaborative links that are unrivalled in the UK. 

    Entry requirements

    Normally a Bachelor Honours degree (typically 2.2 or above, or equivalent) in an environmental or biological science subject. If you hold a degree in another subject area, we would still encourage you to apply as we are looking for a real interest and passion for marine biology and the environment and would be happy to consider your application. Similarly, if you do not hold a degree but have relevant professional experience and training, we would welcome your application.

    International students

    If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

    This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

    If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

    Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

    Future prospects

    Due to the global factors making marine management a growing challenge – graduates with advanced skills and knowledge in this area are highly sought after in marine environmental organisations.

    You’ll also gain the skills to continue your studies at PhD level, specialising in your interests even further.