Marine Resource Management (MRM) MSc

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  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements For MSc level entry, students must hold a good honours degree in or a relevant discipline (eg life sciences, engineering, environmental studies, business studies, surveying) from a UK or Overseas University. In addition to the academic qualifications, motivation, industrial experience and personality are taken into consideration. English Language Proficiency: IELTS test 6.5; TOEFL 550 (or 213 in the computerised test).
  • Academic title
    Marine Resource Management (MRM) MSc
  • Course description

    The course is available on a full time (12 months) or part time basis. Single modules may be available as part of the Continuing Education Program of short courses.

    The full time course starts in October of each year. There are 2 terms, each of 10 weeks duration during which the main classroom work is taught. This is supplemented with field visits. During terms 3 and 4 (April - September) students are engaged on individual research dissertations.


    The MSc in Marine Resource Management (MRM) is delivered by the International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT), at Heriot Watt University’s Orkney campus.  ICIT has conducted postgraduate teaching and research in Orkney since 1998.

    The MRM course aims to provide students with broadly based expertise in the management of marine and coastal resources including, but not limited to, fisheries and bioresources, and oil and gas. It is designed to enable graduates and professionals from a variety of backgrounds  to extend their skills and knowledge to encompass the sustainable development, use, conservation and general management of marine resources. Locating in Orkney gives unique insights into marine resources and their management including marine renewable energy, conservation, fisheries, aquaculture, shipping, oil & gas.

    The course was the first of its kind in the UK to be accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and completion of the course offers exemption from RICS entry examinations.

    The 12 months full-time MSc course is based on the successful completion of eight core modules, two optional modules and a  dissertation. Exemption pathways are available for students that can demonstrate existing subject expertise.  Modules are assessed by a combination of examination and assignments.


        * Oceanography – ocean systems
        * Marine Biology and Ecology
        * Resource Development I
        * Resource Development II
        * Environmental Policy and Risk
        * Sustainability, Conservation and Resource Management
        * Valuation and environmental Valuation in the Marine Estate
        * Maine development Appraisal and Project Management

    Optional modules include:

        * Applied Coastal and Estuarine Science
        * Coastal and Island Management
        * Fisheries and bio resources
        * Applied Environmental Science
        * Environmental Economics
        * Other modules offered by ICIT and IPE.


        * Individual research project with supervisor support, research dissertation exploring some aspect of renewable energy.

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