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Marine and Freshwater Management MSc

Marine and Freshwater Management MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Marine / Coastal Conservation / Protection Fresh Water Biology

Course type


Course Summary

This Master’s programme is for those wishing to gain and apply state-of-the-art techniques to analyse, integrate and apply knowledge of ecological, environmental, geographical or biological sciences to the sustainable management of marine or freshwater environments. You will apply a socio-ecological approach to ecosystem-based management, integrating scientific, legal and management techniques to balance socioeconomical and conservation needs in rivers, estuaries, coasts and oceans; covering a diversity of key habitats, non-living and living resources. You will learn industry standard techniques and software to effectively analyse and summarise data relevant to provide evidence in support of sustainable management of aquatic habitats, species and spaces. The programme will also directly address the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) ‘most wanted’ skills sets by providing quantitative skills using the industry standard software.

The course will provide you with problem-solving skills to actively make managerial decisions that considers sustainable communities and public participation from the planning stages to the implementation of adaptive management. You will cover a range of aspects of freshwater and marine management including, sustainable development, conservation, habitat restoration, marine spatial planning and other key issues from a policy and decision making perspective. Overall the programme will prepare you for a career in management of freshwater and marine resources, and you will be supported by leading academics and professionals in achieving this goal.

For Marine & Freshwater Management we are looking for applicants who: Are keen to acquire advanced knowledge across the broad range of disciplines relevant to the management of marine and freshwater environments; Wish to build on their skills base through seminar style learning and field experience, whether they are new graduates or experienced practitioners; Are keen to apply the advanced skills to real working environments in the practice, policy and management of aquatic environments. Can demonstrate a high level of academic interest and aptitude in sciences relevant to marine & freshwater ecology, either through evidence of good degree level qualifications or through equivalent experience; Have the capacity for creative thinking to conduct a research project with the guidance of experts.

Different course options

Full time | Talbot Campus | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Develop your expertise in research methods, data collection, analysis, interpretation and synthesis and explore in detail core aspects of your subject area, with a view to generating new practical or theoretical insights. You will develop methodological, research, presentation skills and advanced communication skills by producing an extensive dissertation or report on your research.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 or equivalent in a required subject; If they lack the formal academic qualifications needed to enter a postgraduate or post-experience degree, there are several alternative routes to follow. Some of these are based on experience.

University information

Based by the sea in south-west England, just two hours from London by train, Bournemouth University offers over 90 taught Master’s courses as well as many research programmes. 16% of its students are in postgraduate study, meaning you’ll be joining a thriving postgrad community. The University has four academic faculties, divided into numerous individual schools: Health & Social Sciences Departments: Human Sciences & Public Health,...more

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