Coastal erosion. Threatened resources. Pollution. With increasing awareness of the importance of the world's oceans as a natural resource and of their role in the stability of the global climate and environment, marine science specialists are in high demand. Our vocational programme provides you with the scientific knowledge, skills and experience – together with practical field experience carried out with local marine partners and companies – you need for an exciting career in marine science.
-Join a long established (1991), well-respected programme with an excellent record for employment in the marine sciences sector. -Develop confidence and competence in the theoretical and practical dimensions of marine science, deepening your scientific knowledge of the coastal environment and the pressures placed on it. -Gain the skills and knowledge required to work as a marine scientist through a vocationally relevant programme, while also benefitting from our strong research-based teaching, supported by our marine research groups. -Become experienced in coastal zone management using a range of practical techniques and approaches to problem solving. -Connect with local marine organisations through the Plymouth Marine Sciences Partnership, which includes the Universities' Marine Institute, Marine Biological Association, Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the National Marine Aquarium. -Make the most of our links to commercial consultancy companies, local councils and environmental organisations that can provide project ideas and supervision on your dissertation. -Access an extensive range of field/laboratory equipment, including the COaST laboratories, our research vessel RV Falcon Spirit and a new waterfront Marine Station. -Build the skills required to assimilate knowledge over a wide range of disciplines and apply them to environmental analysis. -Benefit from the option of studying this programme part time.
Our programme includes taught modules, research training, laboratory work, coursework, exams, a research project and dissertation. There are visits to local bays and estuaries and a field week working with complex instrumentation in the lab and at sea. Period one concentrates on research training and a multi-disciplinary overview of the marine sciences. Periods two and three are spent on your research project and dissertation. You can carry out your research project and dissertation with external bodies (e.g. PML, Fugro-GEOS, Astra-Zeneca) in the UK and abroad. Topics include projects in both pure and applied research. Due to the extended nature of the MRes research project, you take an additional module on project planning at the start of your dissertation period that provides underpinning and support for the development of your research project. You are also required to successfully defend your completed dissertation by viva voce with an external examiner.
Core modules -MAR513 Research Skills and Methods -MAR515 Management of Coastal Environments -MAR514 Marine Science -MAR525 MRes Dissertation
Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.
I work for the Environment Agency in West Cornwall as an Environment Officer, a post I started 5 years ago soon after graduating. I regulate the waste and water industry, carrying out fisheries enforcement and investigating environmental crime.
I studied an MSc in Applied Marine Science at Plymouth and was drawn there for many reasons, including the practical ang highly interesting programme content (marine pollution, marine and estuarine chemistry). The location of the city really added to its appeal.
Working in West Cornwall, which has a huge mining heritage and consequently a big impact on the environment, means that the processes I studied and analysed in the marine chemistry module have had direct applicability.
Without a doubt I got the job because of the skills and expertise I gained at Plymouth. My role is practical, technical and scientific. It is diverse and at times pressured so the range of topics covered and the challenges I faced while at the university have all helped a great deal.
Plymouth University graduates - Automatic Postgraduate Bursaries
This award is available for:Graduates of the University of Plymouth assessed as Home or EU. Enrolled on a full-time taught postgraduate programme on which a postgraduate fee is charged and no student loan is available. Where the student is self-funded. Where the student is part funded/sponsored the discount will apply to the self funded element of the tuition fee only.Please note:The award is not available from postgraduate to postgraduate programmes. The following programmes are not covered by this postgraduate discount: PGCE programmes and Graduate Diploma in Architecture. The award of 10% off the fees is only redeemable once, within the first year of the programme.
Value of Scholarship(s)
A 10% alumni discretionary award is available in all faculties for Home and EU graduates.
A good honours degree or equivalent preferably in a science or engineering subject. If you don’t have any recent formal qualifications, we may accept work place experience. If you have overseas qualifications you can check how they compare with the UK equivalent through UK NARIC, who provide an advisory service.