|Study location||United Kingdom, Colchester Campus|
|Type||Master courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||1 year|
|Tuition fee||£15,500 per year|
Undergraduate diploma (or higher)
overall grade of 2:2 and above
The entry qualification documents are accepted in any language
IELTS: 6.5 overall (with a minimum component score of 5.5)
At least 1 reference(s) must be provided.
Reference should be written on official letterhead, signed and dated. Please upload it in the Documents section.
Tropical ecosystems provide important resources locally and globally, and coral reefs are the most diverse of marine ecosystems threatened by human activities.
Our unique multidisciplinary course, MSc Tropical Marine Biology, is designed to deliver advanced tropical marine biology theory and to facilitate the development of a comprehensive range of practical and professional skills required by today’s employers.
As a student of our School you will benefit from the breadth of research carried out by our internationally recognised academics, and will engage with current research activities both in the UK and abroad. You also have opportunity to put theory into practice and study coral reef conservation first hand during the School’s annual field trip to Wakatobi Marine National Park, Indonesia.
Explore topics including:
- Hands-on experience of coral reef conservation on our pioneering underwater lectures in Indonesia
- The biotechnological ‘treasure chest’ of marine microbes, algae and invertebrates
- Tropical oceans, seagrass beds, mangroves and coral reefs
- Coral reef resource management
During the summer term, you will embark on your own extensive research project under the supervision of researchers at the forefront of their fields. This can be conducted within our in-house Coral Reef Research Unit, or alongside one of our research partners from across the globe, addressing key questions on the functioning of and threats to tropical marine ecosystems.
Two-thirds of our research is rated “world-leading” or “internationally excellent” (REF 2014), and you learn from and work alongside our expert staff.
Tropical Marine Resources
Tropical Marine Systems
Methods in Tropical Marine Biology
Professional Skills in Tropical Marine Biology
Research Project: MSc Tropical Marine Biology
As the world’s environmental problems increase, the demand for qualified marine biologists continues to grow, and postgraduate study is often a requirement for becoming a researcher, scientist, academic journal editor and to work in some public bodies or private companies.
Many of our Masters students progress to study for their PhD, and we offer numerous studentships to support our students in their studies.
Our graduates go on to a range of careers. Some work with governmental and non-governmental environmental agencies, organisations, consultancies and voluntary organisations, or go on to conduct doctorate research. Many overseas students return to comparable posts in their home country.