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MSc Marine Conservation

University of Plymouth

The impact of human activity on our marine ecosystems has become more evident and high profile in recent years, such as from overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution, coastal development, plastics and climate change. So what do we do about it – how can we preserve and recover marine habitats and species populations while also allowing sustainable use and exploitation of our seas?

This MSc programme is taught by the leading experts in the field – we are ranked #1 in the world for the impact of our marine research in support of ocean global sustainability goals (Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2021). It focuses specifically on marine conservation in practice and is targeted at producing the next generation of ocean guardians with the skill set to address this question. MSc Marine Conservation does not have any exams within its range of assessments.

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Key features

  • The only UK MSc programme in existence to focus on marine conservation in practice,delivered in partnership with a suite of regional, national and international marine conservation practitioners. 
  • The only such programme where all students, if they wish, can directly gain experience working for their masters project embedded within these potential employers.
  • Ranked number 1 in the world for the impact of our marine research in support of ocean global sustainability goals (Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2021).
  • Draw on the cumulative knowledge and expertise of one of the largest concentrations of marine conservation researchers in Europe.
  • Taught modules are designed to feature dynamic and contemporary content based on both state-of-the-art marine conservation research and current experience and practice of implementing marine conservation in the 'real world'.
  • The 60credit masters project is not specifically a typical research project resultingin a scientific paper, but allows a diversity of options depending oncollaborative work with the partner (e.g. policy review, option appraisal,etc).
  • Unusually for such a programme,there will be a true integration of natural and social science underpinning andskills.  
  • Students can choose between twocareer destinations, policy and advocacy, through taught components, workingwith relevant partner(s) and option module choice. All students will coveraspects of both themes, however.
  • The programme provides opportunities for students to work on marine conservation projects in the UK and abroad. Discover the projects our students undertook last year.

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£19,800 Per Year

International student tuition fee

1 year


Sep 2024

Start Month

Aug 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • September 2024
  • September 2025

Mode of Study

  • Full Time