MSc/PGDip International Marine Environmental Consultancy (IMEC)

General information

Our International Marine Environmental Consultancy course meets the growing demand for marine consultants and coastal managers in UK, European and international business. You draw on key skills in industry-specific modules, learn to develop the commercial value of your knowledge and enhance your career prospects by working with industry partners on your final project.

The International Marine Environmental Consultancy course brings together core ecological skills with the business elements required to compete in this growing sector. Expert academic staff maintain an extensive network of contacts. A four month consultancy project provides opportunities for developing a proposal to collaborate with a world-leading marine consultancy.

Modules are block taught, with intensive teaching weeks and weeks of private study. Each semester is 60 credits  (in full-time mode). The MSc consists of taught modules and an individual consultancy project (80 credits), totalling 180 credits. The Postgraduate Diploma consists of taught modules (100 credits) and a smaller individual consultancy project (20 credits), totalling 120 credits.The intensive teaching weeks run Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm. Teaching is delivered via lectures, seminars, practical sessions (in computer labs, on boats and shores) and personal supervision. Projects may be analytical, experimental, or field based, designed to give you the skills you need for future research. The course finishes with a four month project. 

You will do a research project in one of the areas of the Marine Biology, Ecosystems and Governance (MBEG) research group and key consultancies operating across these areas:

  • structural and functional integrity of ecosystems
  • biological and socio-economic drivers of ecosystem change
  • governance and management of resource use

Opportunities in other marine science research groups may exist:

MSc Compulsory modules

  • Critical Appraisal of Coastal Production Systems
  • Environmental Research Skills
  • Marine Consultancy
  • Marine Ecosystem Governance and Socio-Economic Drivers in Management and Policy
  • Renewable Energy: Policy, Politics and Ethics
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (Flexible Learning)
  • Business Enterprise in Science and Engineering
Contact Person: Carol Barnett (Postgraduate Programme Co-Ordinator) (


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

0312 - Policy and governance", "0031 - Project management", "0521 - Ecology


Venue: Newcastle University
Newcastle, United Kingdom

School of Marine Science and Technology
Armstrong Building, Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 7RU, United Kingdom


Open from 1 Jun 2017

  MSc PGDip
UK and EU £6.165 full-time £4.280 full-time
£3.085 part-time £2.140 part-time
International £17.080 £16.015

You can read more about tuition fees and discounts available.

Update: If you’re an EU student you will pay the UK (Home) rate of tuition fees for the full duration of your course, if you start in 2016 or 2017.


Degree Requirements 
A second-class 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject, or an international equivalent, with three to six months  relevant practical experience.

You will also be considered on an individual basis if you have non-standard qualifications and/or relevant practical experience.   

Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent. The INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements. The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

Academic qualifications that we accept from your country to meet our entry requirements are listed on your country page


Application Procedure:

You should ideally complete your application online. However, there are alternative application methods if you don't have access to a computer. For the online application you start  by just registering and creating a user name and password. You can save the form as many times as you like before you submit it. Supporting documents include:

  • Copies of certificates or transcripts to confirm your degree or highest qualification (translated if not in English) 
  • Personal Statement
  • English language test certificates
  • Copy of the personal details page from your passport (non EU applicants)

Application Deadline: there is no closing date for this course. We recommend that international students apply at least two months before the course starts in September so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

Deposit. If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.

Grant Opportunities:

Newcastle University and External funding options here.


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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