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.

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

This interdisciplinary course attracts a wide range of honours graduates. Your background skills may come from geography, the law and politics as well as marine biology and the environmental sciences. An interest in the marine environment and its management, and a professional, committed attitude are essential.

Your 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

There may be opportunities in other marine science research groups:

-Marine Resources and Renewable Energy (MRRE):

  • antifouling and ballast water treatment
  • bacterial bioactive products
  • bioenergy

-Oceans and Climate focuses on the production, consumption and air-sea exchange of greenhouse gases.

Our research

The marine science research groups form part of extensive national and international networks. Recent partnerships and collaborations include:

  • the Environment Agency
  • Natural England
  • Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority
  • University of the West Indies (Barbados)
  • National Oceanographic Centre Southampton (NOCS)
  • University of Costa Rica
  • North Sea Regional Advisory Council
  • Haribon Foundation

You have the support of a marine science research community including 30 research students, six-10 post-doctoral scientists, six technicians and 13 full-time academic staff. This provides you with abundant opportunities to progress your scientific career, whether in industry or academia. Students have been successful at finding employment in industry, academia, government agencies and non-governmental organisations. You will also train to produce final projects of publishable quality.


Modules are block taught, with intensive teaching weeks and weeks of private study. Each semester is 60 credits  (in full-time mode). 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. This is delivered in conjunction with consultancy partners in the UK or overseas.

Modules are delivered on the University's main campus but the Dove Marine Laboratory and the RV Princess Royal are also used as teaching venues.


Modules for 2019

MSc students:

  • BIO8066 Policy and Licensing
  • MST8011 Critical Appraisal of Coastal Production Systems
  • MST8024 Marine Governance and Socio-Economic Drivers in Management and Policy
  • BIO8069 Geographical Information systems and Remote Sensing
  • NES8010 Quantitative Ecological Research Methods
  • MST8028 Marine Consultancy Project Planning
  • NES8001 Consultancy Dissertation Project 
  • SPG8013 Environmental Impact Assessment

PGDip students:

  • BIO8066 Policy and Licensing
  • BIO8069 Geographical Information systems and Remote Sensing
  • MST8011 Critical Appraisal of Coastal Production Systems
  • MST8024 Marine Governance and Socio-Economic Drivers in Management and Policy
  • MST8029 Marine Consultancy Review
  • NES8010 Quantitative Ecological Research Methods
  • SPG8013 Environmental Impact Assessment

You can find more details on the module here.

Contact Person: Susan Davies (Postgraduate Programme Co-Ordinator) (


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

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


Venue: Newcastle University
Newcastle, United Kingdom

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



2019-2020 fees

The fees displayed here are per year. If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.



Full time: £10,620
Part time: £5,310


Full time: £10,620
Part time: £5,310


Full time: £22,710




Full time: £7,080
Part time: £3,540


Full time: £7,080
Part time: £3,540


Full time: £17,970

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.


Degree Requirements

 A 2:1 honours degree in a relevant subject, or an international equivalent. You also need 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.  

You can find the equivalent qualification for your country here.


Language Requirements

To study this course you need to meet our Band 2 English Language Requirements.

Select an English language test from the list here to view our English language entry requirements.

Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills).

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

Pre-sessional English Course Requirements

  • 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)
  • 10 week Pre-sessional entry:  IELTS 5.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.0 in all sub-skills)

You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.

Application Procedure:

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step-by-step guide can help you on your way.

Start dates

The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.


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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