M.Sc. On Campus

Marine Ecosystem Management

University of St Andrews

12 months
25450 GBP/year
10395 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MSc in Marine Ecosystem Management at the University of St Andrews provides students with a superior understanding of integrated marine systems, exploring the interconnections between the physical environment, biodiversity and the impacts of human activity and resource use.


The MSc Marine Ecosystem Management at the University of St Andrews is a one year course run by the School of Biology. The programme takes a holistic approach to understanding ecosystem goods and services, and draws on the quantitative and diverse academic expertise within the University's Scottish Oceans Institute (SOI). 


  • Modules include intense training in quantitative techniques (for example, statistical modelling and GIS).
  • Students have the exciting opportunity to conduct fieldwork and training in Antarctica or Indonesia as part of the optional modules in polar ecology or scientific diving.
  • The combination of core modules and a personalised selection of advanced optional modules allows students to tailor the programme to their individual interests.
  • Stimulating, small class sizes with a focus on student-led, experiential learning.


The aim is that graduates of this course will be part of the next generation of managers and marine scientists delivering integrated ecosystem management around the world. 

Graduates of the course have undertaken careers in government agencies, environmental consultancies and the commercial marine sector both within the UK and abroad. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Current Issues in Biologging
  • Estimating Animal Abundance
  • Fisheries Research
  • Introduction to Global Environmental Change
  • Population Biology
  • Predator Ecology in Polar Ecosystems

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A first or upper 2.1 (Honours) undergraduate degree in a relevant natural science. 
  • relevant field or lab experience from previous employment, project or volunteer work.
  • further IT skills, e.g. programming, database software and statistical packages for analysing (such as MATLAB, SPSS, SAS or R).
  • dedicated calculus or statistics modules at university level.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25450 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25450 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    10395 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10395 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for St Andrews

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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