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Marine Environment and Resources (MSc)

University of Southampton

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS)

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    20-SEP-22

  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

About this course

On this unique 2-year Marine Environment and Resources MSc, you’ll study at the University of Southampton and partner universities in France, Spain and Belgium. You’ll develop the in-depth knowledge and skills to assess and manage the marine environment, putting you in a great position for a successful career in the marine sector.

On this master’s course you’ll split your time between the University of Southampton and our partner universities in the Marine Environment and Resources (MER) Consortium:

  • Universidad del Pais Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Spain
  • Université de Bordeaux 1, France
  • University of Liège, Belgium

You’ll develop your ability to think through complex issues, analyse the marine environment and its resources, and ensure that marine development is sustainable.

Through compulsory modules you’ll gain a thorough knowledge of biological, physical and chemical oceanography, as well as marine geology.

A wide range of optional modules will allow you to develop your own specialism. Typical subjects include:

  • integrated coastal zone management
  • the assessment of marine ecosystem health
  • protection and recovery of marine and estuary environments
  • competitive and responsible fisheries management

You could also choose to learn about topics such as deep sea ecology, large-scale ocean processes, and satellite oceanography.

The course is taught in English, but you’ll be able to study local languages for free during your time with our partner universities.

The course was created in response to the EU’s European Marine Strategy and Water Framework Directive, designed to better protect the European marine environment and the resources upon which marine-related economic and social activities depend.

Careers

Employers in the public and private sectors need good graduates as managers, planners, policy-makers, researchers and advisers who can make a difference in marine environmental resource management.

After successfully graduating from this course, you’ll be well-placed for leadership roles in marine sectors such as:

  • conservation and environmental management
  • fisheries
  • non-governmental organisations
  • local, national or international government

You’ll also be in a great position to continue your studies at PhD level.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 11,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Southampton

  • University League Table

    13th

  • Campus address

    University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1BJ, England

Southampton is proud of its inclusive global community and welcomes students from over 130 countries, including 8,200 EU and international students.
Southampton’s Students Union has over 40 cultural and international groups to connect international communities in a social setting.
Specialist careers support and paid year in employment and internship opportunities prepare international students for their future.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    19th out of 30 5

    19th out of 76 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    153 69%

    13th

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    58.0 58%

    27th

    15
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.93 79%

    18th

    2
  • Entry standards

    / Max 210
    144 70%

    21st

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    64.0 64%

    38th

    25
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.06 81%

    20th

    19

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