The relationships between coastal and marine ecosystems and human activity make for fascinating study.
With a worldwide consensus that the marine environment needs better management there is a growing demand for people who have been trained in marine resource management. This MSc will equip you to work for a wide range of marine environmental organisations or to progress to a PhD.
To ensure a fair assessment of all applicants, this course holds staged recruitment rounds. Find out when to apply.
96% of research activity in the department is internationally recognised (REF 2014)
Our MSc in Marine Environmental Management provides exceptional teaching across a range of marine management modules. You'll be introduced to different marine ecosystems, key species and the impact of humans, now and in the past.
You'll get a chance to examine contemporary marine issues, including:
You'll undertake two research dissertations: one based in York, the other with an external organization.
As part of your course you'll undertake an external research placement that can be anywhere in the world. This also provides a great opportunity to increase your work experience. Previous students have studied:
For the Masters you will need to take a 80 credits of taught modules as well as 50 credits for your dissertation and 50 credits for your summer placement.
There are two core modules, giving 30 of your 80 required taught credits:
You'll also choose 50 credits from a range of optional modules:
*Highly recommended if you haven’t done a marine biology degree.
**This module requires at least 12 students to run and incurs additional cost.
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Your 5,000 word dissertation is chance to explore in depth a research project in an area that interests you. You can design your own dissertation in consultation with potential supervisors or you can chose from a list compiled by the department.
Before you submit your dissertation you'll give a presentation that summarises your work and allows you to get some feedback on your progress.
The external placement was a highly enjoyable and unique aspect to this course and definitely a personal highlight of the degree.Alice, 2014/2015
Our superb, new £12.5m state-of-the-art building contains purpose-built labs, lecture theatres and seminar rooms as well as featuring a spectacular living wall
You'll benefit from our unique access to the Stockholm Environment Institute, an international environmental policy unit embedded in the Department
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You will be responsibile for the living and travel costs associated with your placement. However you will not be responsible for the research costs for this.
You may also join the optional Maldives field trip, this trip costs an estimated £1,600, including flights. However the price of staying at the field station is subject to change and calculated from a fee in Euros.
UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.
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If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.
You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
This Masters combines formal lectures, practicals, computer labs, seminars and field trips.
There is also an opportunity to take part in a field tip to the Maldives during the Easter holiday. On the trip you'll undertake a great deal of field work, where you'll have the chance to scuba dive (if you can pass the University's dive requirements) and you'll have daily sessions of snorkelling. You'll practise a variety of survey techniques and obtain reef identification skills.
You will generate your own placement with a external organisation, but you will be guided through this process. Your placement can local, national or international depening on your interests. See examples of previous placement projects.
Our state-of-the-art building contains purpose-built labs, lecture theatres and seminar rooms.
You will be based in the Environment Department on Campus West.
Most of your contact hours will be in the Environment Department with some additional teaching on Campus West.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
Types of assessment in this course include:
As you study modules formative assessment will give you useful feedback on your progress and understanding.
This course is for people who want to work in marine conservation or marine resource management. Potential employers will value the experience you'll get on your placement. The MSc is also an ideal basis for progression to a PhD.
You'll gain skills that will allow you to work in a variety of organisations:
I truly recommend the MSc in Marine Environmental Management to anyone with a passion for the oceans, and if you are willing to work hard, you are going to have an absolutely brilliant year!Beth, 2014/15
You should have at least a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent. Ideally you will have studied a science degree but if not and you have a passion for marine conservation then we will consider you.
General guidance on international entry requirements: email firstname.lastname@example.org for details for this course.
If your native language is not English you must provide evidence of your English language ability:
We accept other English Language Tests.
Students who have successfully completed a recent undergraduate degree at a UK University are exempt from the English Language requirement.
You may also want to attend the University's Pre-sessional courses.
You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.
To ensure a fair assessment of all applicants, this course holds staged recruitment rounds.
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