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Marine Environmental Science

An integrated undergraduate and masters degree course

F913UCAS code 4yrsFull Time 1yrplacement option

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Why take this course?

This MEnvSci is a combined undergraduate and masters degree in Marine Environmental Science. It focuses on developing the modern practical, technical and transferable skills that are essential for developing a successful career as a professional marine environmental scientist. The fourth year comprises an extended research project and intensive training in advanced analytical techniques.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Participate in an extensive fieldwork programme in the UK and abroad
  • Get hands-on experience of modern analytical equipment in our new laboratories
  • Complete an extended research project as preparation for a career in industry or further study

What opportunities might it lead to?

Marine environmental scientists typically have many well-developed transferable skills that are welcomed by employers in the environmental sector. Careers are also open in areas such as teaching. Graduates may also chose to study further at PhD level.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • Geographical information scientist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Conservationist
  • Spatial analyst

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Key Facts

UCAS Course Code:
4 years full time
The UCAS tariff for 2017 entry has changed. See how this affects your tariff score A LEVELS
120-128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 32 points from a Science subject. See full entry requirements

We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications

120-128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 32 points from a Science subject. See full entry requirements

We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications


UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

2017/18 entry: full time: £9,250 p/a*

International students
2017/18 entry: full time: £14,400 p/a**

*Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.
**Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

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Programme specification

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Year One

The first year assumes no prior knowledge of marine environmental sciences and is designed to give a broad-based introduction to the subject as well as an understanding of the applications of maths, IT, physics and chemistry to environmental problems.

Core units in this year include:

  • Environmental Systems
  • Planet Earth
  • Marine and Terrestrial Ecology
  • Introduction to Oceanography

Year Two

The second year focuses on developing core laboratory, IT and fieldwork skills prior to the project which is undertaken between years two and three.

Core units in this year include:

  • Oceanography
  • Marine Organisms and Ecosystems
  • Environmental Fieldwork and Analysis

Optional units in this year include:

  • Energy Resources
  • Hydrology and Freshwater Ecosystems
  • Environmental Forensics
  • Scientific and Technical Diving Techniques (PADI-accredited course)

Year Three

The third year develops broad concepts in marine environmental science and provides focused tutorial support to assist the writing of the environmental science project.

Core units in this year include:

  • Coastal Ecosystems
  • Environmental Science Project

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Climate Change
  • Applied Coast Geomorphology
  • Environmental Study Tour

Year Four

The fourth year involves an extended independent research project and training in advanced analytical techniques using state-of-the-art equipment in our new laboratories.

Core units in this year include:

  • Project
  • Advanced Analytical Techniques for Earth and Environmental Scientists

*A Sandwich option involving a 1-year placement between years 2 and 3 is available.




Teaching and Assessment

The wide variety of learning activities includes lectures, laboratory classes, field trips, tutorials (1:1 and group), seminars and independent project work. Staff have close links with industry and provide a dedicated career development programme.

How are you assessed?

You will be assessed in a variety of ways that are designed so that we can develop your transferable skills in preparation for employment.

  • Laboratory practical exercises
  • Written exams
  • Fieldwork exercises (e.g. maps, notebooks)
  • Oral and poster presentations (individual and group)
  • Independent project work
  • Computer-based assessment

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Monitor Facilities & Features


We offer a fully equipped geological, geochemical and a recently refurbished geotechnics lab. Brimming with ultra-modern equipment, here’s a taste of what you’ll be able to work on:

  • stress path cell equipment
  • ring shear tests
  • large shear box for soil testing
  • triaxial test cell, Brazilian and uniaxial test rigs for rock testing


Fieldwork is an important part of our courses. Our trips give you plenty of opportunities to put your sampling and surveying techniques into practice. Our trips include extensive fieldwork in the UK (Hampshire, Devon) and abroad (Malta, Belize).

Exchange Programme

Project work can be undertaken in collaboration with industry or abroad as part of an Erasmus exchange – we have well-developed links with institutions in Spain, France and Poland.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

Other costs to consider

The cost of travel or accommodation for compulsory fieldwork is included in the course fee, but you will need to pay for meals and other subsistence costs.

For compulsory project work, normally in the UK in the summer between course years 2 and 3 of study, you will be expected to contribute travel, accommodation and meals. These costs are from £0 - £500.

For optional fieldwork, costs of travel, accommodation, meals and other subsistence are in the region of £2700 (Belize) and £700 (Portugal).


For optional diving skills units: The Scientific and Technical Diving A unit is available if you have not dived before. It includes a PADI Open Water course, Dry Suit course, combined with the Scientific and Technical Diving course, and costs around £860 for tuition, transport and diving costs. The Scientific and Technical Diving B unit is available if you hold a PADI Open Water certificate. It includes an advanced diving course (e.g. PADI Advanced Open Water), Dry Suit course, combined with the Science and Technology Diving course, and costs around £800 for tuition, transport and diving costs.

The Practical Power Boating Skills unit will cost in the region of £500.

You will be expected to buy field equipment, (e.g. compass, hand lens and notebook) at the start of your first year. These costs are in the region of £50.

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Career prospects

Where next?
Where next?

Our course is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences and focuses on developing the modern practical, technical and transferable skills that are essential for developing a successful career. Fieldwork skills are particularly valued by employers and our broad-based fieldwork programme ensures a high standard of training. In addition, our well-equipped laboratories and IT facilities are industry-standard meaning that you will be well-prepared for the workplace.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • Geographical information scientist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Conservationist
  • Spatial analyst
  • School teacher
  • PhD student

Work experience

Employment boosting opportunities
Employment boosting opportunities

You will receive tutorial support in your first and second years to assist with finding a summer vacation placement; the department provides a number of summer bursaries for students who wish to assist with research projects. We organise regular talks from professional marine environmental scientists in addition to the formal teaching programme. The year 4 independent project may be taken in collaboration with industry.

Career planning

Career planning
Career planning
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To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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