MRes Applied Marine Science

General information

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.

This 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.

Programme Overview
The 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.

All modules are rated at 20 credits with the exception of the project modules, which is worth 120 credits. All students must attain a total of 180 credits to graduate with a master’s degree. 

Core modules

1. Management of Coastal Environments
This module introduces the process, method and framework used to manage change in coastal and marine environments. It will focus on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) with emphasis on the importance of collectively considering physical, ecological and socio-economic factors and processes. It will illustrate the range of the management processes available using field-, lecture- and seminar-based case studies.

2. Marine Science
This module provides an introductory overview of basic oceanography including physical, chemical, geological and biological aspects of the subject. There is particular emphasis on methods of quantifying and predicting coastal conditions, as well as interplay between physical, chemical and biological aspects of ocean science.

3. MRes Dissertation
The student will complete a research project that they have designed in the semester 1 research skills module. The project can be submitted in the format of a journal paper or dissertation. The write-up will communicate the project aims, methodology, data analysis, interpretation, synthesis and conclusions. The student will defend his/her work in a viva voce with the Subject External Examiner.

4. Research Skills and Methods
This module aims to equip students with the practical skills and contextual framework for conducting high quality research. Emphasis is placed on workshop opportunities to acquire and practice research planning, analysis, communication, writing and oral presentation skills.

Contact Person: Dr Mark Davidson (M.Davidson@plymouth.ac.uk)

Content

The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0511 - Biology", "0532 - Marine Geology", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography", "0521 - Ecology", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management

Venue

Venue: Plymouth University
Plymouth, United Kingdom

School of Marine Science and Engineering
Smeaton building, Drake Circus
Plymouth PL4 8AA

Application


Cost:
  • UK/EU: £5.660
  • International: £13.250
  • Islands: £13.250

Part time per 10 credits:

  • UK/EU: £314
  • International: £750
  • Islands: £750

Prerequisites:

You should have:

  • 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. 

English language:

If English is not your first language then we’ll need evidence of your proficiency in English. The minimum IELTS score usually accepted is 6.5. Our International Office has more information.


Application Procedure:

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Submitting an application. Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

Apply using the online postgraduate application form. Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments. You will need the following documentation for both application ways:

  • Your fully completed and signed application form.
  • Original, or certified copies, of your qualifications to date, for example first degree certificate and full transcripts. 
  • Two references; at least one from an academic who has taught you. Both must be on headed paper and in sealed envelopes, signed across the seal by your referees.
  • A copy of the information page of your current passport (inform us immediately if you get a new passport at any time before you come to the UK to study).
  • A copy of any previous or current UK visa.
  • Any English language qualification.
  • Your curriculum vitae (CV) or resume detailing relevant work experience, if you feel it will contribute to your application.
  • Your personal statement.

Grant Opportunities:

More information about scholarship opportunities can be found on the website of Plymouth University; similarly for international students here.

Qualification

Academic level: Master

Assessment:

100% coursework (no formal examinations).


Qualification: Master of Research

Credits:
Scheme: 
UK Credits
Value: 
180
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