School of GeoSciences

MSc Marine Systems and Policies

Understand Earth’s diverse marine ecosystems, the tensions between ocean conservation and marine development, and the policies in place to protect our coastlines and the global ocean.

Postgraduate Virtual Open Week: 16-20 March 2020

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Join our online sessions to engage with academics, meet current students and learn more about our on-campus postgraduate programmes.  


About the programme

Unique in Europe, this interdisciplinary approach to understanding marine ecosystems, their exploitation and sustainable development also includes our popular field course to tropical marine ecosystems to apply your skills in science, policy and practice.

Applying for your programme

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Entry requirements and how to apply for your chosen programme.

Programme structure

Information on our two semesters of taught courses, integrated field trips and your dissertation style research project as well as part-time study options.

Field work

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Information about our international and local field trips.


Find out more about the exciting career paths open to graduates in marine studies as well as details of our extensive, collaborative network of contacts operating within the marine environment.

Teaching staff

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The MSc in Marine Systems and Policies draws upon the expertise of teaching staff from across the university, as well as external guest lecturers and dissertation supervisors from other universities, government, NGOs and the private sector.

Costs & funding options

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Find out details of programme costs and scholarship or funding options.

Social media & videos

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Video testimonials from the Programme Director and students.


Apply now and Entry requirements


Survey - new programme opportunity

We have set up a short survey and would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in postgraduate study (online or on campus) in ‘Circular Economy’.

Your feedback will help shape the content and structure of this new programme, and there is an opportunity to leave your contact details so we can keep you up to date on any developments.