M.Sc. On Campus

Marine Environment and Resources

University of Southampton

24 months
11000 GBP/year
4500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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At the Marine Environment and Resources MSc course offered at the University of Southampton, 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.


Course Details

At the Marine Environment and Resources MSc course offered at the University of Southampton you’ll split your time between the University of Southampton and our partner universities in the Marine Environment and Resources (MER) Consortium: 

  • Universidad del Pais Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Spain 
  • Université de Bordeaux 1, France 
  • University of Liège, Belgium 

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: 

  • integrated coastal zone management 
  • the assessment of marine ecosystem health 
  • protection and recovery of marine and estuary environments 
  • competitive and responsible fisheries management 

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. 

Career Opportunities

Employers in the public and private sectors need good graduates as managers, planners, policy-makers, researchers and advisers who can make a difference in marine environmental resource management. 

After successfully graduating from this course, you’ll be well-placed for leadership roles in marine sectors such as: 

  • conservation and environmental management 
  • fisheries 
  • non-governmental organisations 
  • local, national or international government 

You’ll also be in a great position to continue your studies at PhD level. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Contemporary Topics in Geology and Geophysics
  • Biological Oceanography
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Chemical Oceanography
  • Marine Geology
  • Applied and Marine Geophysics
  • Large Scale Ocean Processes and Climate
  • Biogeochemical Cycles in the Earth System
  • Introductory Remote Sensing of the Ocean

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 degree in: 

  • chemistry 
  • biology 
  • physics 
  • earth and environmental sciences 
  • engineering 
  • oceanography 
  • maths

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    11000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11000 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    4500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4500 GBP per year during 24 months.

EU and international students pay £11,000.

Living costs for Southampton

697 - 1093 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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