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Aim of the programme

This programme provides you with scientific knowledge of the coastal environment and an understanding of the pressures placed on it. It also allows you to gain the skills required to assimilate knowledge over a wide range of disciplines and apply it to environmental analysis.

​Introduction to applied marine science

The MSc Applied Marine Science has been running successfully since 1991 capitalising on Plymouth's world-renowned expertise in coastal marine science. This MSc is one of the best in the country with an excellent record for employment in the marine sciences sector. The MRes option, for those who are already clear that their future lies in research, provides excellent preparation for PhD studies.

Sailing yacht at seaThere is an increasing awareness of the importance of the world's oceans as a natural resource and of their role in the stability of the global environment. Exploitation of resources such as fisheries creates environmental, social and economic problems. Disposal of sewage and effluent from towns and industry pollutes coastal waters and has a dramatic impact on their suitability for recreation. Coastal erosion and the construction of sea defence systems cause further problems that may be exacerbated by climate change and global sea level rise. The careful management of the coastal zone and of estuaries is essential if these activities are to be pursued harmoniously.

There is an increasing need for skilled personnel who can advise on, organise and control the development of marine resources and activities in the United Kingdom, European Union and in developing countries. These programmes prepare you for that role by providing you with scientific knowledge of the coastal environment and an understanding of the pressures placed on it. They also allow you to gain the skills required to assimilate knowledge over a wide range of disciplines and apply it to environmental analysis.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE – 2014-15 ENTRY ONLY

 
There are three types of scholarships available for the full time mode of study and two for the part-time mode of study. Applicants must be UK citizens or UK residents.
 
The Postgraduate Experience Project (PEP) MSc Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarship Scheme.
Application form (Word document)
Notes for guidance (PDF document)

Falcon Spirit

Programme highlights

  • Programme run in collaboration with Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)
  • An extensive range of field equipment, including our vessel RV Falcon Spirit

 

 

​PROGRAMME LEADER AND TEAM

Dr Mark Davidson leads this MSc and MRes. He is a Reader in coastal processes and his teaching and research focuses on monitoring, understanding and predicting coastal change.

The team supporting this programme includes lecturers from geography, biology, technology, and maths as well as professionals working in the marine sciences in the South West of England.

WHY STUDY APPLIED MARINE SCIENCE? 

  • Develop confidence and competence in the theoretical and practical dimensions of marine science.
  • Gain the skills and knowledge required to work as a marine scientist through this vocationally relevant programme.
  • Become experienced in the management of the coastal zone using a range of different practical techniques and approaches to problem solving.​

​Key features

  • Plymouth has a long association with marine science which is reflected in the many marine organisations based in the city such as the Marine Biological Association, the Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the National Marine Aquarium. The University is linked to these organisations through the Plymouth Marine Sciences Partnership and many of our students have taken advantage of this and carried out their dissertations with these Students on fieldworkorganisations. In addition, we have links to commercial consultancy companies, local councils and environmental organisations which have provided both project ideas and supervision.
  • About half the candidates each year undertake their research dissertation in association with an external organisation.
  • There are various site visits to the local bays and estuaries, including a field week when you will gain practical experience of working with complex instrumentation both in the laboratory and at sea.
  • This is a long established, well-respected programme with an excellent overall rating.