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MScMarine Planning and Management

Tuition fee £13,950 per year
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This new multidisciplinary programme is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills required to take up the exciting job opportunities arising from recent development of marine spatial planning.

Marine spatial planning is now developing as a key component of marine management. It is being taken up by coastal nations around the world, including Australia, China, the United States of America, South Africa and several European nations, such as Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands, Poland, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. It aims to deliver a more organised sharing of sea space between demands as diverse as nature conservation, tourism, ports and shipping, renewable energy, fishing, aquaculture and mineral extraction. Some nations, including the UK, are now introducing statutory provisions for planning their coastal and marine waters and are setting up bodies and procedures for carrying out marine planning. All European Union coastal states are now required to introduce marine planning

So there is a growing demand for professionals who understand marine science and management on the one hand, and spatial planning, as has long been practiced on land, on the other. This postgraduate programme of study bridges the gap between these two disciplines, and equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to embark on a career within marine management, with a particular focus on the newly emerging practice of marine spatial planning.

Programme structure

The course is delivered by taught modules which explore the inter-relationships between human activities and the natural world, marine science, environmental management, planning practices and the international development of marine planning. The modules are followed by a supervised research project on a topic of choice, giving students the opportunity to develop an individual area of specialism, which may be geared towards future career interests.

Career opportunities

The course aims to prepare future employees of organisations that will be closely involved in marine management and marine planning initiatives in the coming years. Potential employers include: national government departments and agencies with marine responsibilities; regional and local government coastal authorities; and marine NGOs, stakeholder groups and industrial interests concerned with maritime sectors such as energy, fisheries, nature conservation, ports and shipping, leisure and tourism and the coastal economy. Career opportunities are likely to arise in many geographical contexts around the world, including in less and more developed nations and emerging economies.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States