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Faculty of Science and Engineering

MSc in Marine Environmental Management

Postgraduate - Taught MSc

Open for admission in 2019/20

Open for admission in 2020/21

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.

What you'll study

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

    Core module (both pathways)

    All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


    • Dissertation

      You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

    Compulsory modules (Fisheries pathway)

    All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


    • Applied Fisheries Science and Management

    • Applied Benthic Ecology

    • Research Design

    • Operational Oceanography

    Optional modules (Fisheries pathway)

    All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


    • Principles of GIS

    • Ecotoxicology 

      ​Study the impacts of pollutants and ocean acidification on aquatic organisms at the molecular and cellular level. Explore methods of toxicity testing, the biological impacts of endocrine disruption, chemical signaling, genotoxicology, intersex/imposex conditions, acid rain, ocean acidification and carcinogenesis.​

    • Marine and Aquatic Environmental Law

      ​Environmental Law is a fast-growing discipline, and is a vital element of how we manage and regulate human activity and influence on the aquatic environment (from source to sea). This module introduces the principles of environmental law and policy. You'll gain an understanding of the legislative landscape essential for management of aquatic ecosystems.

    • Scientific Diving

    • Professional Consultancy Project

      Work with a 'host' organisation on a research project, supervised by University tutors. You'll gain considerable satisfaction and enhanced employability from completing an independent and self-motivated project, while building your relationship with the external company.

    Compulsory modules (Ecology pathway)

    All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


    • Applied Benthic Ecology

    • Ecosystem Assessment

    • Marine and Aquatic Environmental Law

      ​Environmental Law is a fast-growing discipline, and is a vital element of how we manage and regulate human activity and influence on the aquatic environment (from source to sea). This module introduces the principles of environmental law and policy. You'll gain an understanding of the legislative landscape essential for management of aquatic ecosystems.

    • Research Design

    Optional modules (Ecology pathway)

    All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


    • Applied Fisheries Science and Management

    • Principles of GIS

    • Ecotoxicology 

      ​Study the impacts of pollutants and ocean acidification on aquatic organisms at the molecular and cellular level. Explore methods of toxicity testing, the biological impacts of endocrine disruption, chemical signaling, genotoxicology, intersex/imposex conditions, acid rain, ocean acidification and carcinogenesis.​

    • Scientific Diving

    • Professional Consultancy Project

      Work with a 'host' organisation on a research project, supervised by University tutors. You'll gain considerable satisfaction and enhanced employability from completing an independent and self-motivated project, while building your relationship with the external company.

    • Environmental Impact Assessment

      ​Environmental Impact Assessments are the industry standard for assessing the impact of developments on the environment. In this module, you’ll learn about the socio-economic, ecological, environmental, aesthetic and legislative aspects of EIAs, and critically evaluate existing EIAs.

    • Operational Oceanography

    Where you'll study

    The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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    Hull Campus

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    Fees and funding

    • Home/EU: £8,500

    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: £16,600

    International applicants may need to pay a tuition fee deposit before the start of the course. Visit our tuition fee deposit page for more information.

    Graduate Studentship

    The University of Hull is pleased to offer graduates progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate taught study a £1,000 studentship towards the cost of their tuition fees.

    Find out if you’re eligible by visiting the University of Hull Graduate Studentship page.

    International Scholarships and Bursaries

    For a list of all scholarships and bursaries for international students, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

    We also offer an International Studentship Scheme Discount of up to £3,500.

    UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries

    The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

    For more information, please visit the UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries page.

    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 international 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.