Taught course

Marine Environmental Protection

Bangor University · School of Ocean Sciences

Entry requirements

We accept applicants with a 2.2 or above undergraduate degree, or a non-UK equivalent grade, in a discipline of relevance to the course, such as marine, environmental, zoological or biological sciences (other degrees accepted, see below). We normally expect applicants to have a 2.1 or above, but encourage 2.2 grade students to apply if their course marks spill into the 2.1 grades and/or if they have additional experiences or qualifications that boost their chances of doing well on the course. If you do not have a first degree in a science discipline, we still encourage you to apply. Every year we take a few students with non-science backgrounds, when these have compensatory experience or skills. Many of these students do extremely well. We also accept mature applicants (age 25+) without formal qualifications, but with suitable relevant experience. If you do not have a 2.1 degree in a science discipline then please outline in your application letter how your experience will enable you to complete the course successfully.

Months of entry


Course content

The emergence of the Law of the Sea Convention and establishment of Exclusive Economic Zones has given coastal states extensive and comprehensive rights and obligations over marine resources in vast areas of ocean. Wise management of ocean resources is essential if the full economic potential of these new entitlements is to be realised. To ensure the continuing biological productivity of these areas, the level and type of development of activities such as waste dumping, mineral extraction, recreation, industrial and urban growth, fisheries and aquaculture, need to be controlled, and interactions of these often conflicting activities resolved by management.

This MSc is a full-time one-year course, consisting of 9 months taught course and 3 months research project, and examined by continuous assessment. The course provides theoretical and practical training in measuring and quantifying marine resources and the effects of conflicting usage upon them. It provides a sound scientific basis on which to develop policy and make decisions on marine resource exploitation and protection around the world.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 (with no element below 6.0) is required.

Fees and funding

Please see our Fees & Finances pages for more information. You can also visit our Scholarships, Studentships & Bursaries to learn more about funding available.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
01248 351151