University of St Andrews

University of St Andrews

Ecosystem-Based Management of Marine Systems

Students study marine environments as integrated systems, exploring the interconnections between the physical environment, biodiversity and the impact of human activity and resource use. This holistic approach achieves a superior understanding of ecosystem goods-and-services and how to protect and manage marine systems.

Entry requirements

1st or 2.1 Class Honours degree, or equivalent. All applicants whose 1st language is not English, require: good score in national qualifications in English from most western European countries (e.g. Germany, Sweden, Norway); IELTS 7.0; TOEFL: internet-based 100/120; computer-based 250/300; paper-based 580/600; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) (grade C or better); HL English (grade 6), or SL English (grade 6). If student was taught through the medium of English; EB English with a score of 75%-80%; standard grade 2, or GCSE, or IGCSE (grade C) in English.

Course modules

Modules include: Basic concepts in mathematical, and statistical analysis; marine systems 1; marine systems 2; field research methods; GIS analysis of marine systems; statistical modelling; marine biodiversity, and ecosystem function; advanced modelling; organisms to ecosystems: anthropogenic impacts; managing marine resources for sustainability.

Assessment methods

9 months of ongoing coursework followed by a project and dissertation of up to 15,000 words, usually completed in the final 3 months.

Sponsorship information

Carnegie-Cameron bursaries; entrant accommodation bursary; Formula Santander postgraduate scholarship; recent graduate discount; Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust bursary; limited number of school scholarships.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 5,500 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 18,470 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 5,500 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of St Andrews St Andrews KY16 9AX Scotland

Key information

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Telephone number: 
01334 462429