Marine Resource Development and Protection

Heriot-Watt University

20760 GBP/year
8448 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Marine Resource Development and Protection programme at Heriot-Watt University covers all of the above areas and its structure is sufficiently flexible to meet the wide variations in the background of entrants - and their respective individual career plans.


A major aim of the Marine Resource Development and Protection programme at Heriot-Watt University is to provide students with training in holistic approaches to addressing and solving environmental problems and we strive to maintain a mix of entrants from different disciplines, from UK, EU and overseas, and from both recent graduates as well as entrants with industrial experience. 

This mix has previously proven extremely useful in widening the horizons of the individual class members.

Topics covered

The programme has courses that aim to cover topics corresponding to priority areas of NERC's science strategy, particularly in the marine sustainability and climate change area of Marine Science and Technology (i.e. impacts of exploitation, role of biodiversity, water quality, climate change measures). 

In addition, also covered within several modules are the general priority areas of Biodiversity, Environmental Risks and Hazards, Natural Resource Management, Pollution and Waste, and, as described above, all with an emphasis on an interdisciplinary approach.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Marine Resources and Sustainability
  • Marine Ecotoxicology
  • Applied Research Design and Analysis
  • Marine Environmental Monitoring
  • Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation Measures
  • GIS: Geographic Information System for Marine & Environmental Scientists

Key information

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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

    20760 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20760 GBP per year and a duration of  .
  • EU/EEA

    8448 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8448 GBP per year and a duration of  .

Part time fees:

  • Scotland / Non-UK EU: £4,224
  • England / Northern Ireland / Wales: £4,224
  • Overseas: £10,380


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