School of GeoSciences

MSc Marine Systems and Policies

Understand the Earth's diverse marine ecosystems, and the roles society plays in shaping the current and future resilience of our global coasts and oceans.

About the programme

Students learning in a classroom setting
Unique in Europe, this interdisciplinary approach to understanding marine environments also includes our popular field trip to the Maldives to apply your skills.

Degree structure, teaching & assessment

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

Students celebrating in the sea
Information about our international and local field trips.

Marine Partnerships, Networks and Employability

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.

Programme costs & funding options

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

Video, blog & social media

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 Watch Programme Director Meriwether Wilson and GeoSciences Head of School Sandy Tudhope discuss the MSc in Marine Systems and Policies from the Maldives! 

Contact us

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any queries.

Apply now and Entry requirements

Download our pdf flyer with programme summary, entry requirement and tuition fees: 


 Please note that field trip locations may change based on availability or for reasons outwith our control including those of a political nature.