Bournemouth University

Marine and Freshwater Management

Species identification skills are in critical shortage by environmental scientists. This in-depth Master's programme is for those wishing to apply their existing knowledge of ecological, environmental, geographical or biological sciences to the management of marine or freshwater environments. You will apply scientific, legal and management techniques to rivers, estuaries, coasts and oceans; covering a diversity of key species, from shellfish to finfish. Effective management and conservation techniques for charismatic species such as whale sharks or manta rays which are targeted as part of traditional medical trades will also be explored. You will learn industry standard techniques and software to deal effectively with data as well as learning the skills to effectively identify species. The programme will also directly address the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) 'most wanted' skills sets by providing quantitative skills using the industry standard R software and taxonomic skills.

Entry requirements

A Bachelors Honours degree, 2:2 or above or equivalent in a related discipline and/or relevant comprehensive professional experience. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our International entry requirements.

Course modules

Quantitative and spatial analysis; integrated coastal zone management; international law of the environment; fisheries ecology and management; research project. Option units. choose 2: marine environment, heritage and spatial planning; advanced quantitative and spatial methods; biodiversity and ecosystem services; field ecology skills.

Assessment methods

Research project.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 14,500 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,000 per Whole course (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 14,500 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 6,000 per Whole course (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Talbot Campus BH12 5BB South West

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