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MSc Marine & Freshwater Management

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Species identification skills are in critical shortage by environmental scientists. This in-depth Master’s programme is for those wishing to apply their existing knowledge of ecological, environmental, geographical or biological sciences to the management of marine or freshwater environments.

You will apply scientific, legal and management techniques to rivers, estuaries, coasts and oceans; covering a diversity of key species, from shellfish to finfish. Effective management and conservation techniques for charismatic species such as whale sharks or manta rays which are targeted as part of traditional medical trades will also be explored.

You will learn industry standard techniques and software to deal effectively with data as well as learning the skills to effectively identify species. The programme will also directly address the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) ‘most wanted’ skills sets by providing quantitative skills using the industry standard R software and taxonomic skills.

You will also get the opportunity to examine the need for management of cultural heritage of our aquatic systems and coastline. Overall, the programme will provide you for a career in aquatic management, and you will be supported by leading academics and professionals in achieving this goal.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2019


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. 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

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 new Postgraduate Loans Scheme, offering up to £10,000 of support (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

You can visit our department pages to read more about the specialist interests of our Life & Environmental Sciences staff online, or register now to meet us at an Open Day.