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International Marine Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration

About

The oceans do not exist in isolation but are in constant interaction with the atmosphere and underlying geology receiving energy from the sun and to a lesser extent from geothermal sources. The highly interdisciplinary field of Marine Science, the study of the oceans from the deep sea to shallow coastal seas, aims to understand the biology, chemistry, geology and physics of this dynamic system so central to all our lives.

The International Marine Science programme taught at Heriot-Watt University has two core courses in Oceanography and GIS and offers a wide variety of options with maximum flexibility allowing students to pursue their studies either at our Orkney Campus or in Edinburgh. Furthermore the course offers an online study, through our Distance Learning option, with field work options in Malaysia and Orkney. Depending on the courses selected, Distance Learning students will be required to complete practical lab sessions in Edinburgh – students are responsible for meeting the costs of the travel and maintenance during these periods.

Flexible study options

This course can be studied full-time, part-time or via Independent Distance Learning (IDL), ideal for those in employment or with other commitments, providing flexible study options that fit around work or family.

Careers

This course also offers students incredible opportunities during their MSc to work extensively with academics in active research groups, often leading to co-authorship on peer-reviewed publications.

Throughout the course, students are provided with internal expert supervision as well as opportunities to work with external partners, both in the UK and internationally. Examples of partners we have worked with in the past are:

  • 5 Oceans  (5OES)
  • ESS Ecology
  • Marine Conservation International
  • Marine Science Scotland (MSS)
  • Marine Services, Orkney Island Council
  • NEVIS MARINE
  • Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC)
  • Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA)
  • Scottish Natural Herritage
  • Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT)

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Oceanography
  • Applied Research Skills
  • GIS for Marine and Environmental Scientists
  • Marine Renewable Energy Technology
  • Marine Resources and Sustainability
  • Climate Change, Sustainability and Adaptation
  • Diversity of Marine Organisms
  • Marine Ecotoxicology
  • Environmental Processes
  • Introduction to Marine Planning
  • Marine Ecology and Fisheries

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description
      MSc: 1 year (full-time), 2 years (part-time), 3-7 years (independent distance learning).
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    90

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    6.5

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    176

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  • Minimum required score:

    58

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Masters (MSc) level entry applicants must have:
  • Minimum of 2:2 honours degree or equivalent academic qualification in a related subject area.
  • For postgraduate conversion courses, non-related degrees will be considered.
  • Corporate (or chartered) membership of relevant professional institutions will also be considered.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20160 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20160 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8200 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Part time fees:

  • EU/EEA - 4,100 GBP/year
  • NON-EU/EEA - 10,080 GBP/year

Distance learning fees:

  • EU/EEA and NON-EU/EEA - 1,045/course; 920 GBP (dissertation fee)

      Living costs for Edinburgh

      • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
        Living Costs

      The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

      Funding

      Financial support

      Tuition fee loans of £5,500 are available to Scottish distance learning students on taught postgraduate courses. Full-time distance learning postgraduate students can also access a £4,500 living cost loan.

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