University of Southampton

University of Southampton

Marine Environment and Resources

This course is a joint European programme that provides the opportunity to study in Southampton, Bilbao, Bordeaux and Liege and develops the ability to make a difference in marine environmental resource management. Students spend a full semester at 3 out of the 4 European universities (Southampton, Bilbao,Bordeaux, Liege) and study in English.

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 (or equivalent) Honours degree in chemical, biological, physical, Earth and environmental sciences, engineering, oceanography or mathematics. A solid background in mathematics at undergraduate level and familiarity with computers is required. Applicants without formal qualifications but with relevant professional experience in coastal sciences, are encouraged to apply.

Course modules

Semester 1 delivered by the university of Southampton or the university of Bordeaux. Modules offered at Southampton: core modules: contemporary topics in marine science policy and law; introduction to biological oceanography; introduction to chemical oceanography; introduction to marine geology; introduction to physical oceanography. Optional modules: coastal sediment dynamics; marine geoarchaeology; microfossils; environment and time; applied and marine geophysics; biogeochemical cycles in the earth system; international maritime and environment law; introductory remote sensing of the oceans; largescale ocean processes; deep-sea ecology; zooplankton ecology and processes. Semester 2 delivered by the university of the Basque country; Bilbao. Semester 3 delivered by the university of Southampton or the university of Liege. Modules offered at Southampton, option modules: 4 from: deep-sea ecology; zooplankton ecology and processes; and any option not taken in the first semester specialisation in: biodiversity and preservation of the marine environment and its resources; design of sampling schemes and data analysis in research projects; ecotoxicology; integrated assessment of the quality of the marine environment; sustainable management of marine living resources; sustainable management of marine non-living resources.

Assessment methods

Students' dissertation can be taken at Southampton, Bilbao, Bordeaux or Liege or at any other MER partner institution worldwide.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 18 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Highfield Campus Southampton SO17 1BJ South East

Key information

Engineering and Environment
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023 8059 4785