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Marine Environment and Resources (MSc)

Marine Environment and Resources (MSc)

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Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Environmental Studies Marine / Coastal Conservation / Protection

Course type


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.


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

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students will need a 2:1 degree in: chemistry, biology, physics, earth and environmental sciences, engineering, oceanography and maths.

University information

The University of Southampton has a long history of tradition, prestige and success, having just celebrated 100 years of its Highfield Campus. A founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities, the University is ranked in the Top 20 UK universities in the Complete University Guide, 2020 and is also a three-times winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prize. The University is spread across five campuses in Southampton,...more