University of York

University of York

Marine Environmental Management

This course will equip graduates for careers within non-governmental conservation organisations, government environmental, conservation or fishery agencies and environmental consultancy companies. It also provides a firm foundation from which to launch an academic career. During the course, students will be thoroughly grounded in environmental problems affecting the oceans and will discover the latest thinking in how to manage marine resources. The course will place a strong emphasis on the importance of understanding marine ecosystem structure, function and processes and how human activities and global change are affecting these. It will also consider the socio-economic implications of these. The course will enable students to develop their research and practical skills to a high level. These skills will be built through the dissertation project, a "term paper" which is written on an issue that is suggested by the student and a summer placement at an organisation outside the University of York. For their placement, students undertake a study of relevance to marine environmental management, which they write into a report that is assessed for their degree. Institutions where placements can be done include government agencies, NGOs, other universities or research institutes.

Entry requirements

Applicants require a UK 2.1 or international equivalent in a relevant subject. Students must be enthusiastic about the sea. Normally, applicants must have, or expect to obtain, at least an upper 2nd Class undergraduate degree, or equivalent, and have studied some ecology and/or environmental science or management. Consideration will also be given to relevant work experience. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you are applying to.

Course modules

Module includes: Current research in marine conservation; research and statistical methods; marine ecosystems; ecotoxicology; spatial analysis; biodiversity and conservation biology; tools for environmental assessment; fisheries ecology and management; dissertation; oceans coasts and climate change; Maldives field trip; environmental governance; placement; dissertation.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

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