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Master Marine Ecology and Environmental Management

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  • Objectives
    * Develop a strong interdisciplinary understanding in marine ecology and marine environmental management. * Provide structured training in research techniques and practical skills, including in systematics (biodiversity), statistics, experimental design, project planning, monitoring, modelling and scientific writing that will engage with user needs. * Provide a foundation for further PhD research, or for prospective employment with marine environmental protection and conservation agencies, overseas development agencies, national and local government, the water industry, the fisheries sector, environmental consultancies, elements of the tourist industry and national and international non-government organisations.
  • Entry requirements
    A second class honours degree (or the equivalent from an overseas university) in a relevant subject such as Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry or Geography will be required. Preference will be given to candidates with an upper-second class or first class degree. Applicants with relevant professional experience in marine science or environmental management will also be considered.
  • Academic Title
    MSc Marine Ecology and Environmental Management
  • Course description
    This programme covers ecological and environmental management issues in marine science. It is taught in two institutions with roughly six months in London and six months in Millport. The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary has a long tradition of working in aquatic biology. It is a large and diverse institution with expertise in whole organism biology and molecular sciences. The University Marine Biological station at Millport is a smaller specialist marine institution with a range of laboratory and research vessel facilities and associated specialist staff.

    Programme outline

    Core modules:

    At Queen Mary:

        * Temperate Shores
        * Marine
        * Pollution
        * Statistical Methods in Biology
        * Project 1

    At Millport:

        * Coastal Zone Management
        * Fisheries
        * Biology
        * Project 2

    Optional modules:

    At Queen Mary:

        * Estuaries and Coastal Systems
        * Fish Biology and Fisheries
        * The Invertebrates

     At Millport:

        * Marine Microbiology
        * Turtles, Seals,Whales and Dolphins
        * Coral Reef Monitoring and Management (taught at Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt)


    All taught and field course modules will be equally weighted at one-twelfth (8.33 per cent) of the total mark. Each of the two projects will be weighted at two-twelfths (16.67 per cent) of the total mark. Each taught module will be assessed by one or more of: open-essays, practical reports, laboratory or fieldwork note books, presentations and traditional exams.

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