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MSc Marine Environmental Management

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 2 semesters
Entry level Bachelor
Cost £8,040 EU/UK, £18,240 non- EU/UK

Course content

Our MSc in Marine Environmental Management provides exceptional teaching across a range of marine management modules. You'll be introduced to different marine ecosystems, key species and the impact of humans, now and in the past.

You'll get a chance to examine contemporary marine issues, including:

  • problems associated with fishing including: over-fishing, bycatch, habitat destruction and illegal fishing
  • aquaculture
  • how a multitude of human activities affect marine ecosystems
  • marine protected areas.

You'll undertake two research dissertations: one based in York, the other with an external organization.

Application procedure


You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.

Grant opportunities

Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.

If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

Home/EU students

International students

Learning outcomes

 experience you'll get on your placement. The MSc is also an ideal basis for progression to a PhD.

Career opportunities

You'll gain skills that will allow you to work in a variety of organisations:

  • Non-governmental conservation organisations
  • Government environmental, conservation or fishery agencies
  • Environmental consultancies


Transferable skills

  • Independent working
  • Producing scientific reports
  • Perform statistical analysis
  • Time management and people skills
  • Analytical and technical research skills
  • Communicating research
  • Ability to produce a geographic information system


Undergraduate degree2:1 or equivalent. Ideally you will have studied a science degree but if not and you have a passion for marine conservation then we will consider you.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

QualificationMinimum requirement

IELTS6.5, minimum 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in all other components

PTE Academic61, minimum 61 in Writing and 55 in all other components

C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency176, minimum 176 in Writing and 169 in all other components

TOEFL87, minimum 23 in Writing and 21 in all other components

Trinity ISE IIIMerit in all components

For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.

Reduced English language requirements

We recognise the difficulties in taking English language tests due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We have taken the decision to relax the English language requirements published above by 0.5 IELTS (or equivalent).

We are closely monitoring the situation as it evolves and are considering further options to support offer-holders in meeting their English language conditions. Further information about our responses to COVID-19.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.


ISCED Categories

Policy and governance
Conservation and environmental management