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What will I learn?

The vocational programme, involving local marine partners and companies, provides you with the scientific knowledge, skills and practical experience that you need for an exciting career in marine science.

Key features

  • Join a long established (1991), well-respected programme with an excellent record for employment in the marine sciences sector.
  • Develop confidence and competence in the theoretical and practical dimensions of marine science, deepening your scientific knowledge of the coastal environment and the pressures placed on it.
  • Gain the skills and knowledge required to work as a marine scientist through a vocationally relevant programme, while also benefitting from our strong research-based teaching, supported by our marine research groups.
  • Become experienced in coastal zone management using a range of practical techniques and approaches to problem solving.
  • Connect with local marine organisations through the Plymouth Marine Sciences Partnership, which includes the University's Marine Institute, Marine Biological Association, Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the National Marine Aquarium.
  • Make the most of our links to commercial consultancy companies, local councils and environmental organisations which can provide project ideas and supervision on your dissertation.
  • Access an extensive range of field/laboratory equipment, including the COAST laboratories, our research vessel RV Falcon Spirit and a new waterfront marine centre.
  • Build the skills required to assimilate knowledge over a wide range of disciplines and apply them to environmental analysis.

Our programme is 100 per cent coursework assessed and teaching activities are based around taught modules, field and laboratory work and an extended research project. There are visits to local bays and estuaries and a field week working with complex instrumentation in the lab and at sea. Semester one modules include management of coastal environments, marine science and research skills and methods. In the second semester students follow one core module in contemporary issues in marine science and choose two option modules from: remote sensing and geographical information systems, managing marine ecosystems, coastal erosion and protection, economics of the marine environment and modelling marine processes. You can carry out your research project and dissertation over both semesters in any area of marine science, working with experts within the University and external bodies (e.g. PML, Fugro-GEOS) in the UK and abroad. Topics include projects in both pure and applied research.

Which department am I in?

School of Biological and Marine Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£16,200.00 (US$ 22,297) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Plymouth University

Drake Circus,

Plymouth,

PL4 8AA, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need a good (3.0 / 4.0 min GPA) undergraduate degree in a relevant subject from a regionally-accredited American university. Postgraduate programmes: ILETS 6.5 overall with Minimum component scores 5.5 in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing).

For international students

A good honours degree or equivalent preferably in a science or engineering subject. If you don’t have any recent formal qualifications, we may accept workplace experience. If English is not your first language then we’ll need evidence of your proficiency in English. The minimum IELTS score usually accepted is 6.5. The TOEFL Score would be 90 and Component scores of listening 17, reading 18, speaking 20, writing 18.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University of Plymouth

Two-thirds of the research conducted by the University of Plymouth is ranked as either world-leading or internationally excellent.

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