MSc Marine Environment and Resources

On this unique 2-year Marine Environment and Resources MSc, you’ll study at the University of Southampton and partner universities in France, Spain and Belgium. You’ll develop the in-depth knowledge and skills to assess and manage the marine environment, putting you in a great position for a successful career in the marine sector.

On this master’s course you’ll split your time between the University of Southampton and our partner universities in the Marine Environment and Resources (MER) Consortium:

You’ll develop your ability to think through complex issues, analyse the marine environment and its resources, and ensure that marine development is sustainable.

Through compulsory modules you’ll gain a thorough knowledge of biological, physical and chemical oceanography, as well as marine geology.

A wide range of optional modules will allow you to develop your own specialism. Typical subjects include:

You could also choose to learn about topics such as deep sea ecology, large-scale ocean processes, and satellite oceanography.

The course is taught in English, but you’ll be able to study local languages for free during your time with our partner universities.

The course was created in response to the EU’s European Marine Strategy and Water Framework Directive, designed to better protect the European marine environment and the resources upon which marine-related economic and social activities depend.

Fees for this course are paid through the MER Consortium. Find out about fees and how to pay them on the MER Consortium website.

Your course leader at the University of Southampton is Duncan Purdie, Professor of Biological Oceanography within Ocean and Earth Science. His researches focus on Marine Phytoplankton Ecology and Biogeochemistry. Read Professor Purdie’s staff profile to find out more about his work.

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£11,596 Per Year

International student tuition fee

2 Years


Sep 2024

Start Month

Aug 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • September 2024
  • September 2025

Mode of Study

  • Full Time