Taught course

Marine and Freshwater Management

Bournemouth University · Faculty of Science and Technology

Entry requirements

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 or equivalent in a required subject.

Months of entry


Course content

This Master’s programme is for those wishing to gain and apply state-of-the-art techniques to analyse, integrate and apply knowledge of ecological, environmental, geographical or biological sciences to the sustainable management of marine or freshwater environments.

You will apply a socio-ecological approach to ecosystem-based management, integrating scientific, legal and management techniques to balance socioeconomical and conservation needs in rivers, estuaries, coasts and oceans; covering a diversity of key habitats, non-living and living resources.

You will learn industry standard techniques and software to effectively analyse and summarise data relevant to provide evidence in support of sustainable management of aquatic habitats, species and spaces. The programme will also directly address the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) ‘most wanted’ skills sets by providing quantitative skills using the industry standard software.

The course will provide you with problem-solving skills to actively make managerial decisions that considers sustainable communities and public participation from the planning stages to the implementation of adaptive management. You will cover a range of aspects of freshwater and marine management including, sustainable development, conservation, habitat restoration, marine spatial planning and other key issues from a policy and decision making perspective. Overall the programme will prepare you for a career in management of freshwater and marine resources, and you will be supported by leading academics and professionals in achieving this goal.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Future Students Enquiry Team
+44 (0)1202 961 916