School of Marine Science and Engineering

MSc Applied Marine Science

Coastal erosion. Threatened resources. Pollution. With increasing awareness of the importance of the world's oceans as a natural resource and of their role in the stability of the global climate and environment, marine science specialists are in high demand. Our vocational programme provides you with the scientific knowledge, skills and experience – together with practical field experience carried out with local marine partners and companies – you need for an exciting career in marine science.

Duration
1 year
Start date
September 2014
Course type
Full-time, Part-time route available
Location
Plymouth

Key features

  • Join a long established (1991), well-respected programme with an excellent record for employment in the marine sciences sector.
  • Develop confidence and competence in the theoretical and practical dimensions of marine science, deepening your scientific knowledge of the coastal environment and the pressures placed on it.
  • Gain the skills and knowledge required to work as a marine scientist through a vocationally relevant programme, while also benefitting from our strong research-based teaching, supported by our marine research groups.
  • Become experienced in coastal zone management using a range of practical techniques and approaches to problem solving.
  • Make the most of our links to commercial consultancy companies, local councils and environmental organisations that can provide project ideas and supervision on your dissertation.
  • Build the skills required to assimilate knowledge over a wide range of disciplines and apply them to environmental analysis.

NB. If you prefer to focus on research, or want to prepare for your PhD, take a look at our MRes Applied Marine Science programme.

Course details

  • Programme overview
  • Our programme includes taught modules, research training, laboratory work, coursework, exams, a research project and dissertation. There are visits to local bays and estuaries and a field week working with complex instrumentation in the lab and at sea. Period one modules include: integrated coastal zone management, marine chemistry and nearshore ecology, geology, geophysics and physical oceanography of shelves and coasts, research skills/methods and marine science and regulations. Optional modules in period two include: remote sensing and geographical information systems, marine chemistry, coastal erosion and protection, economics of the marine environment and modelling marine processes. You can carry out your research project and dissertation in any area of marine science, working with experts within the University and external bodies (e.g. PML, Fugro-GEOS, Astra-Zeneca) in the UK and abroad. Topics include projects in both pure and applied research.
    Core modules
    • GLY5103 Geology, Geophysics and Physical Oceanography of Shelves and Coasts

      This course provides an overview of the geological origins of shelf and coastal seas, their physical oceanographic processes, and the tools available to measure, monitor and model them. There is a particular emphasis on methods of quantifying and predicting coastal conditions.

    • EAR5110 Integrated Coastal Zone Management

      This module examines aspects of human influence and utilisation of the coastal zone, key coastal processes and the effects of sea-level rise, and the methods of integrated coastal zone management. Although much of the spatial focus is UK based, a strong international angle is provided through discussion of other nations¿ approaches through lectures and seminars.

    • ENV5103 Marine Chemistry and Near Shore Ecology

      the module introduces the basic concepts in the chemistry and ecology of the oceans.

    • IMS5103 Marine Science and Regulations

      This module is designed to give the student an appreciation of the role of science in the legislative system developed for protection of the marine environment. It covers national, European and international policy, law and regulation and looks critically at the origin of these and their implementation.

    • SCI5301 MSc Dissertation

      The student will carry out a research project which they have designed as part of Period 1 study (EAR5101). The results of the project work will be written up as a dissertation.

    • EAR5101 Research Methods

      The module equips the student with practical and theoretical skills required to carry out a major research project. Through a workshop the student will acquire skills relevant to project management. The student will identify with a departmental research group and participate in their journal club and seminar acivities (organised by the pathway's academic leader).

    • IMS5101 Research Skills

      The module trains the student in the generic skills required to carry out research. The emphasis will on practical development of computing, communication, writing and oral presentation skills. The context of research (ethics, funding, rules and controls, careers) will also be discussed.

    Optional modules
    • IMS5203 Coastal Erosion and Protection

      This module introduces students to waves and coastal processes, as well as the hard and soft-engineering methods used in coastal protection. The emphasis is on how improved understanding of the natural processes (waves, currents, sediment transport) can improve methods used for coastal protection.

    • MAR507 Economics of the Marine Environment

      This module will provide students with a clear overview of the problems associated with economic activity in marine environment and the potential solutions to these problems.

    • MAR511 Managing Marine Ecosystems

      The module will provide students with an understanding of the ecology of various marine habitats and the ways in which biological communities are vulnerable to anthropogenic threats. Mechanisms for restoring ecosystems to favourable conservation status will be taught in relation to relevant legislation and management policy with appropriate survey and monitoring methods.

    • ENV5201 Marine Chemistry

      Chemistry of seawater, with an emphasis on the speciation and reactivity of nutrients, organic compounds and metals. The course includes aspects of the characterisation of marine particles and their interactions with the dissolved phase. Field and laboratory skills will be developed as an integral part of the course.

    • MTH5201 Modelling Marine Processes

      The modelling process, some simple modelling techniques are introduced. The application of these to continental shelf modelling, pollution modelling, large scale ocean modelling and ecosystem modelling will be done using some simple, identified simulations.

    • BIO5201 Pollution Ecology/Ecotoxicology

      To promote the understanding of the complex interactions between pollutants in the marine environment.

    • EAR5203 Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems

      The aim of this module is to introduce the principles and techniques of remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and to demonstrate their application in marine science. The module has a substantial practical component. It covers issues such as the spectral response of water and the water column, the gathering, processing and interpretation of data from various satellite sensors and issues surrounding data availability and accuracy in GIS.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

You should have:

  • A good honours degree or equivalent preferably in a science or engineering subject. If you don’t have any recent formal qualifications, we may accept work place experience.
  • If you have overseas qualifications you can check how they compare with the UK equivalent through UK NARIC, who provide an advisory service.

English language:

  • If English is not your first language then we’ll need evidence of your proficiency in English. The minimum IELTS score usually accepted is 6.5. Our International Office has more information.

Fees & funding

Home/EU £5,495
International £12,250

For more information about our fees and funding please visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/money


How to apply

Applying for postgraduate study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Information team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. The Graduate School is also available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services webpages. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office.

If you would like to speak to one of our course information advisors, please contact us:

Telephone:  +441752 585858

Email: prospectus@plymouth.ac.uk

Documents for downloading

Postgraduate application form DOC – A 16 page DOC application form for postgraduate students to print, fill in and mail to University

Postgraduate application form PDF – A 16 page PDF application form for postgraduate students to print, fill in and mail to University

International student postgraduate application form DOC – Postgraduate taught programmes application for international students

International student postgraduate application form PDF – Postgraduate taught programmes application for international students
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Applying for postgraduate study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Information team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. The Graduate School are also available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office.

If you would like to speak to one of our course information advisors, please contact us:

Telephone: +44 1752 585858

Email: prospectus@plymouth.ac.uk

Documents for downloading

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Find out more from our open days section.

Marine Station

Boasting lecture facilities overlooking the sea, a wet lab for sample examination and analysis, a seawater aquarium, and field equipment storage and changing facilities.

The Marine Station is a landmark £4.65 million development; a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility on the shores of Plymouth Sound.

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Meet our staff

Our Applied Marine Science masters is supported by lecturers from marine science and engineering, geography, biology, environmental science and maths, as well as professionals working in the marine sciences in the South West.

Find out more about our exceptional teaching staff