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    The aim of the MSc programme is to train and educate graduates in multiple areas of Marine Biology and to provide an understanding of the disciplines which impinge upon these areas in order to meet the growing demand for such personnel at home and abroad. In addition a number of professionally certified courses will be provided through the course (BL6015) equipping students with qualificaitons essential for work in the marine environment.


    Please note that in addition to the fees quoted above, there is also a fee of 2,000 to cover the costs associated with undertaking the Professionally Certified Courses (Sea Survival, Boat Handling, Marine Radio Use and Occupational First Aid) as well as all fieldwork undertaken as part of the taught component of the programme.

    The closing date for this programme has been extended to the 18th July, 2010, however, please note that late applications will only be considered if places become available after the first round of offers are made to the applications received before the initial closing date of 1st July.

    Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:
    * Demonstrate a clear understanding and integration of knowledge of marine flora and fauna, the marine environment and its biological and physical properties and processes;
    * Assess the sustainability of exploitation (fisheries and aquaculture) and assess the impact of other anthropogenic factors on the marine environment;
    * Define the roles of management and conservation across the marine environment;
    * Demonstrate a wide range of research skills (field and laboratory) including safety related and professional qualifications;
    * Apply the knowledge and skills acquired in this course in the working environment enabling the development of policy.

    This programme will consist of Part I and Part II. Part I will consist of eight taught modules to the value of 60 credits involving lectures, practicals, seminars and fieldwork. Part II will be a substantial Research Project (BL6017) to the value of 30 credits for those meeting progression requirements of Part I of the programme.

    Each of the prescribed taught modules would be examined by a written paper and/or continuous assessment. Each candidate progressing to Part II of the programme must submit the Research Project (BL6017) in an area of Marine Biology by a date as prescribed by the ZEPS Department.

    Students take 90 credits as follows:

    Part I
    * BL6010 Characteristics of the Marine Environment (5 credits)

    * BL6011 Marine Biology and Global Climate Change (5 credits)

    * BL6012 Marine Megafauna (10 credits)

    * BL6013 Marine Fisheries and Aquaculture (10 credits)

    * BL6014 Marine Fieldwork and Survey Techniques (10 credits)

    * BL6015 Practical Marine Workplace Skills (5 credits)

    * BL6016 Marine Ecology and Conservation (10 credits)

    * BL6019 Ecological Applications of Geographical Information Systems (5 credits)

    * BL6020 Ecological Applications of Geographical Information Systems (5 credits)

    Part II
    * BL6017 Marine Biology Research Project (30 credits)



    Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Science (Marine Biology)Students who achieve 40% in each individual taught module in Part I but fail to achieve the requisite grade of 50% across the taught modules, or students who pass Part I and do not wish to complete the Research Project (Part II) may opt to be conferred with a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Science (Marine Biology).


    University requirements


    Program requirements

    A candidate for the MSc in Marine Biology must have obtained at least a Second Class Honours, Grade II degree in any Biological Science or equivalent area.English Language Requirements:IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL equivalentPart-Time Taught Postgraduate ProgrammesPlease note that non-EU applicants are not eligible to study part-time programmes English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5

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