MSc Tropical Marine Biology

General information

Tropical ecosystems provide important resources locally and globally, and coral reefs are the most diverse of marine ecosystems threatened by human activities. The MSc Tropical Marine Biology, is designed to deliver advanced tropical marine biology theory and to facilitate the development of practical and professional skills required by today’s employers.

As a student you will benefit from the breadth of research carried out by the School's internationally recognised academics, and will engage with current research activities both in the UK and abroad. You also have opportunity to put theory into practice and study coral reef conservation first hand during the School’s annual field trip to the Coral Triangle, Indonesia. 

Explore topics including:

  • Hands-on experience of coral reef conservation on our pioneering underwater lectures in Indonesia
  • The biotechnological ‘treasure chest’ of marine microbes, algae and invertebrates
  • Tropical oceans, seagrass beds, mangroves and coral reefs
  • Coral reef resource management

During the summer term, you will embark on your own extensive research project under the supervision of researchers at the forefront of their fields. This can be conducted within our in-house Coral Reef Research Unit, or alongside one of our research partners from across the globe, addressing key questions on the functioning of and threats to tropical marine ecosystems.

Two-thirds of our research is rated “world-leading” or “internationally excellent” (REF 2014), and you learn from and work alongside our expert staff.

 

Structure

Most of our courses combine compulsory and optional modules, giving you freedom to pursue your own interests. All of the modules listed below provide an example of what is on offer from the current academic year. Our Programme Specification provides further details of the course structure for the current academic year.

Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

Modules

Teaching

  • We teach using a combination of lectures, laboratory practicals, tutorials, seminars, fieldwork, independent reading and research projects
  • Teaching is based in our laboratories and in the field
  • Gain practical experience on our annual trip to Indonesia (optional)

Dissertation

  • Each student is assigned a supervisor to provide guidance on their research project
  • Conducted within our in-house Coral Reef Research Unit, or alongside one of our research partners from across the globe
  • During the latter stages of your project, you compile a detailed report (in scientific paper format) including a literature review

 

Learning outcome:

Your future. As the world's environmental problems increase, the demand for qualified marine biologists continues to grow, and postgraduate study is often a requirement for becoming a researcher, scientist, academic journal editor and to work in some public bodies or private companies.

Many of our Masters students progress to study for their PhD, and we offer numerous studentships to support our students in their studies.

Our graduates go on to a range of careers. Some work with governmental and non-governmental environmental agencies, organisations, consultancies and voluntary organisations, or go on to conduct doctorate research. Many overseas students return to comparable posts in their home country.

We work with our university’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Contact Person: (pgadmit@essex.ac.uk)

Content

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

0031 - Project management", "0511 - Biology", "0521 - Ecology", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management

Venue

Venue: University of Essex
Colchester , United Kingdom

Application

Open from
1 Jan 2017 to 1 Jul 2017

Cost:

UK/EU students: £5.950

Overseas students: £15.500


Prerequisites:

UK entry requirements

A degree with an overall mid 2.2, or equivalent in a relevant subject such as : Marine Biology, Marine Chemistry, Oceanography, Environmental Sciences and tropical Biology. Applications from students with a 2:2 or equivalent will be considered dependent on any relevant professional or voluntary experience, previous modules studied and/or personal statement. Your Degree should contain some Ecology components including aquatic/marine Ecology, Biodiversity or Conservation.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking. Please select your country page to find out information about entry requirements.

English language requirements

If English isn’t your first language, we require IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5. If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

 

Note

The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.


Application Procedure:

You can apply for our postgraduate courses online. You’ll need to provide us with your academic qualifications, as well as supporting documents such as transcripts, English language qualifications and certificates. You can find a list of necessary documents online, but please note we won’t be able to process your application until we have everything we need.

There is no application deadline but we recommend that you apply before 1 July for our taught courses starting in October. We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.


Grant Opportunities:

Find available funding bu using the university's scholarship finder.

Qualification

Academic level: Master

Assessment:

Our modules are assessed by a combination of exams, essays, verbal/visual presentations and written reviews.


Qualification: Master of Science

Credits:
Scheme: 
ECTS
Value: 
90
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