MSc/Diploma Marine Resource Management (MRM)

General information

Traditional and emerging maritime industries place increasing pressure on marine ecosystems and challenge the use of space in our oceans and seas. The ambition for the ‘Blue Economy’ is high with the aim to create jobs and economic growth. New industries such as offshore oil and gas, aquaculture, renewable energy (wind, wave and tide), seabed mining and biotechnologies add to the traditional activities of shipping and fisheries. At the same time we struggle to assess and learn more about the marine ecosystem and how it works. Ecosystem based management and marine protected areas (MPAs) are just two of the important responses to the increasing pressures. This programme follows a multidiscipline approach to management encompassing the technical, economic and social effects of marine resource exploitation.

Orkney is at the heart of marine resources that support whole communities and beyond. Graduates will gain a comprehensive knowledge of the marine and coastal environments and the communities that depend on them. Employment prospects include posts with industry, government agencies, non-governmental organisations, conservation bodies, research institutions and academia.

The MSc involves studying 7 taught courses. If you can demonstrate that you have already mastered the subject, you may apply for an exemption from one of the taught courses and undertake a Design Project instead. The MSc programme is completed with a research dissertation equivalent to 4 taught courses.

Core themes include

  • Marine environmental systems
  • Resource management and conservation
  • Valuation and project management

At Orkney Campus, you will benefit from a number of activities including field trips, guest lectures and practicals, which help to develop your skills and knowledge in your field of study, and offer opportunities to meet developers and others involved in the renewable energy industry.

Programme content

  • Conservation, Sustainable Development & Resource Management
  • Environmental Policy & Risk
  • Oceanography & Marine Biology
  • Resource Development
  • Introduction to Marine Spatial Planning
  • GIS
  • Development Appraisal
  • Development Project
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The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0532 - Marine Geology", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography", "0713 - Offshore and renewable energy", "0724 - Oil, gas and mineral resources", "0732 - Near- and offshore constructions


Venue: Heriot-Watt University
Edinburgh, United Kingdom



Tuition fees for 2016 entry (by residency status)

Status* Full-time Part-time Per course
Scotland / Non-UK EU £5,100 £2,250 £637.50
England / Northern Ireland / Wales £5,100 £2,250 £637.50
Overseas £13,800 £6,900 £1,725

* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.

** Fee per course

Additional fees information. All course costs are covered by the tuition fee. This includes electronic versions of the course notes, core text books and a free iPad to access course materials.

Students should budget additional funds sufficient to cover living expenses such as accommodation, travel to and from the university, food, clothing and leisure pursuits.


Degree Requirements
For MSc level entry, students must hold a good degree in or a relevant discipline (eg life sciences, engineering, environmental studies, business studies, surveying) from a UK or Overseas University. In addition to the academic qualifications, motivation, industrial experience and personality are taken into consideration.

Language requirements
If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, you need to provide evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:

  • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
  • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)

Application Procedure:

You can apply for this programme using the online application form and start by creating an account. You will need to attach the following documents to your online application: 

  • a copy of your degree certificate and relevant transcripts
  • proof of your ability in the English language
  • references from two academic sources
  • a copy of the photo page from your passport (International students requiring a visa to enter the UK)
  • a financial guarantee to prove how your tuition fees and personal maintenance costs will be met (International students requiring a visa to enter the UK or are being sponsored by their government or a commercial organisation)

Application Deadline: there is no official deadline for postgraduate applications; they are accepted right up until the beginning of term. However, if you are applying for a popular programme, it is in your best interest to submit your application as soon as you can so that you have the best chance of getting a place.

Grant Opportunities:

Scholarships & bursaries. We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

View our full range of postgraduate taught scholarshipsand postgraduate research scholarships.


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science
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