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.

About the programme

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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.

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

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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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Video testimonials from the Programme Director and students.

Contact us

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

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