Coastal and Marine Resource Management MSc
MSc Coastal and Marine Resource Management
Applying for 2021/22 entry? See how you'll be taught in our Covid information for applicants.
If you think protecting our coasts and oceans should be a top priority and want a master's qualification that'll give you the skills to do it, then this course is for you.
You'll unpack solutions for conserving our coasts and oceans, and create your own strategies to manage environmental, socio-cultural and institutional resources.
This course incorporates fieldwork, lab time and different research methods. Plus, you'll need to respond to changes in the industry. You'll need lots of energy and a desire to improve the long-term sustainability of the world’s coastlines.
MSc Coastal and Marine Resource Management Master's degree entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- A 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in any subject. Professional experience and other qualifications may be taken into consideration for applicants not meeting this requirement.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
What you'll experience
On this course, you’ll:
- Enrich your studies with case study analysis, lectures from guest speakers and fieldwork
- Use our resources and facilities, and study Portsmouth's diverse marine environments, wildlife, urban development and maritime heritage.
- Share your journey with students from a diverse range of backgrounds
Find out more about what you'll experience on this MSc Coastal and Marine Resource Management degree from Course Lead, Dr Jonathon Potts.
Jonathan: What makes people want to study here? It's all about coastal marine issues so everything from marine plastics, to climate change, through to marine spatial planning, through to marine and coastal recreation. Getting lots and lots of guest speakers in many of whom are ex-students. They're working for all different types of organisations, whether it be overseas governments or whether it be local governments here in the UK. Other students end up in jobs with the Environment Agency, Natural England, English Heritage — you name it. There's a breadth of jobs out there and we have a very, very good employability rate. I think the most important things are that you'll make a great range of people, there's a really good lecturing team, and you'll develop a range of academic and career-based skills that will never leave you.
Careers and opportunities
Once you've completed this course, you'll be well positioned for a career in marine resource policy, the use or development of maritime resources, or the conservation of natural resources of coasts and oceans.
What can you do with a Coastal and Marine Resource Management degree?
You can expect to find job opportunities within:
- Government agencies
- Environmental consultancies
- Observational or research institutions concerned with resource management
You may also choose to work in industry, with community groups, for landowners or in a consultancy role. Alternatively, you might wish to pursue a career in research or education.
We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding the right job, through our industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.
Work experience and career planning
We'll give you all the help you need to find internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.
Most importantly, once you've finished the course, you can use our Careers and Employability service for up to 5 years, to help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the marine resources industry.
The course is unique because there is no other one like it in the country. Portsmouth provides a great setting for the course as it is surrounded by such an interesting and busy coastline.
What you'll study on this MSc Coastal and Marine Resource Management degree course
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
You need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits.
Core modules in this year include:
- Coastal and Shoreline Management
- Marine Policy, Planning and Conservation
- Principles of Giscience
- Research Skills and Project
- Sustainable Blue Economy
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
academicwriting notetaking timemanagement criticalthinking presentationskills referencing workingin groups revision, memory and exam techniques
Support with English
If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.
Teaching on this course include:
- laboratory work
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks:
- September/October to December/January – teaching block 1
- January/February to May – teaching block 2
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- preparation of web pages
- poster and oral presentations
- projects reports
- literature reviews
Tuition fees (2021 start)
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,200
- EU students –£9,200 (including Transition Scholarship)
- International students – £16,400
UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
- Year 1 (60 credits) – £3,070
- Year 2 (120 credits) – £6,130
(including Transition Scholarship)
- Year 1 (60 credits) – £3,070
- Year 2 (120 credits) – £6,130
- Year 1 (60 credits) – £5,470
- Year 2 (120 credits) – £10,930
Fees are subject to annual increase.
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
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.
The cost of travel or accommodation for compulsory fieldwork is included in the course fee, but you'll need to pay for meals and other subsistence costs that aren't included with your accommodation.
You'll need to contribute to the cost of travel, accommodation and meals for compulsory dissertation work, which is normally carried out in the UK. These costs are likely to be in the £50–£500 depending on the nature of the project.
We provide essential safety equipment for fieldwork and site visits (hard hat and reflective jacket). If you require additional field equipment, you'll need to cover the cost of those items. Total costs will be in the region of £130.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (above) or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
International students may also be eligible for the School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences (SEGG) Scholarship. Visit our page to find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.