Taught course

International Marine Science

Heriot-Watt University · School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society

Entry requirements

Applicants to the MSc programme will normally:

  • have a good undergraduate degree (minimum 2:2 honours or equivalent) in engineering or a relevant science discipline, or
  • demonstrate equivalent academic ability based on industrial experience or membership of a professional institution
As part of the eight taught courses on the International Marine Science MSc, Heriot-Watt online students must first take exams in two courses of the programme, Climate Change and Environmental Processes. Based on the results from these courses students continue on the programme at MSc or at PG Diploma level.
Recognition of Prior Learning
We are committed to providing study opportunities to applicants who have a wide range of prior experiences through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). For more information on RPL, please contact the Online Admissions Team (egis-idl-apps@hw.ac.uk) ahead of application. We can only consider requests for RPL at the time of application to a course of study.

Months of entry

January, May, September

Course content

This Online International Marine Science degree offers students from a variety of backgrounds, including marine biology, geology, geography, Law and Policy and others, the opportunity to integrate their expertise in the wider marine science context.

The highly interdisciplinary field of Marine Science aims to understand the biology, chemistry, geology and physics of this dynamic system so central to all our lives. It also considers the overarching influence of climate change and how policy can be brought to bear on managing the resources of the ocean as part of the Blue Economy.

Information for international students

Applicants will need a good English language ability to succeed in their programme. If English is not your first language, you should have

achieved a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, or
successfully completed courses (of 1 year or more in duration) delivered in English.

Fees and funding

See University website

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    up to 96 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    up to 72 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Office