Marine Science, Policy and Law

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 7.12 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 20.8 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jul 31, 2024
127 place StudyQA ranking:2429 Duration:12 months

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This programme will give you specialised training in international science-based policy, relating to marine environment protection and management.

You will acquire a broad knowledge of the multidisciplinary science that underpins environmental policy making and international law. Key skills in evidence-based policy making will be developed through workshops involving specialist case studies, and you will prepare written reports and oral presentations.

Project work will involve a placement in a relevant area of policy making and you will complete a dissertation under the supervision of a member of staff.

The structure shown below is for full-time students. Delivery for part-time students is agreed on an individual basis.

Year 1
Your choice of modules is determined by your current background and future interests. As a guideline, you will take 4 modules in Semester 1, including options. In Semester 2, you will take 3 option modules offered as short, intense courses. At the same time you will work on a literature review to provide a basis for your research project work.

Semester One
One introductory module is selected from SOES6016, SOES6014 and SOES6015, and a further module is selected from the remainder of the options in the list.


* SOES6001 Contemporary topics
* SOES6016 Introduction to marine geology
* SOES6056 International Maritime and Environmental Law


* SOES6013 Introduction to Biological Oceanography
* SOES6014 Introduction to physical oceanography
* SOES6015 Introduction to chemical oceanography
* SOES3014 Coastal sediment dynamics
* SOES6004 Applied and marine geophysics
* SOES6005 Large scale ocean processes
* SOES6007 Biogeochemical cycles in the Earth system
* SOES6008 Deep sea ecology
* SOES6009 Zooplankton ecology and processes
* SOES6017 Introductory remote sensing of the ocean

Semester Two
Two modules are chosen from the optional module list.


* SOES6057 UN convention on the law of the seas
* SOES6018 MSc key skills and literature review
* SOES6039 MSc research project


* SOES6006 Climate dynamics
* SOES6011 Applied coastal sediment dynamics
* SOES6036 Applied biogeochemistry and pollution
* SOES6024 Seafloor exploration and surveying 2
* SOES6047 Global climate cycles

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide).

You will need a good Honours degree (2:1 or equivalent preferred) in a relevant scientific discipline, or professional experience which demonstrates your capacity to assimilate knowledge and apply critical analysis to environmental issues. We will also need evidence of your numeracy skills and ability to analyse scientific data. No previous specific training in ocean science is required but undergraduate training in some aspects of physics, chemistry, biology, geology or mathematics is essential. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 580 TOEFL iBT® test: 92 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.
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