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MSc Marine & Freshwater Management

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  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time

This Master’s programme is for those wishing to gain and apply state-of-the-art techniques to analyse, integrate and apply knowledge of ecological, environmental, geographical or biological sciences to the sustainable management of marine or freshwater environments.

You will apply a socio-ecological approach to ecosystem-based management, integrating scientific, legal and management techniques to balance socioeconomical and conservation needs in rivers, estuaries, coasts and oceans; covering a diversity of key habitats, non-living and living resources. 

You will learn industry standard techniques and software to effectively analyse and summarise data relevant to provide evidence in support of sustainable management of aquatic habitats, species and spaces. The programme will also directly address the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) ‘most wanted’ skills sets by providing quantitative skills using the industry standard software.

The course will provide you with problem-solving skills to actively make managerial decisions that considers sustainable communities and public participation from the planning stages to the implementation of adaptive management. You will cover a range of aspects of freshwater and marine management including, sustainable development, conservation, habitat restoration, marine spatial planning and other key issues from a policy and decision making perspective. Overall the programme will prepare you for a career in management of freshwater and marine resources, and you will be supported by leading academics and professionals in achieving this goal.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2019, September 2020


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


1 year full-time, or 2 years part-time

Required subjects:

Marine or Freshwater Ecology, Marine Biology, Ecological Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Geographical Sciences or Biological sciences

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 or equivalent in a required subject.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you’ll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Your application

For Marine & Freshwater Management we are looking for applicants who:

  • Are keen to acquire advanced knowledge across the broad range of disciplines relevant to the management of marine and freshwater environments
  • Wish to build on their skills base through seminar style learning and field experience, whether they are new graduates or experienced practitioners
  • Are keen to apply the advanced skills to real working environments in the practice, policy and management of aquatic environments
  • Can demonstrate a high level of academic interest and aptitude in sciences relevant to marine & freshwater ecology, either through evidence of good degree level qualifications or through equivalent experience
  • Have the capacity for creative thinking to conduct a research project with the guidance of experts.

Entry requirements

Costs and fees

You can find more general information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the Postgraduate Loan (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.

Find out more about living expenses for postgraduate students

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.