Taught course

Marine Resource Management

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

Entry requirements

For MSc level entry, students must hold a good honours 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.

Months of entry


Course content

The Marine Resource Management MSc Programme is based at our ORKNEY CAMPUS in the far north of Scotland. It is located at the heart of an active marine environment and aims to provide students with broadly based expertise in the management of marine and coastal resources including especially marine renewable energy (Orkney is the leading world centre for the research and testing of wave and tidal energy). It is designed to enable graduates and professionals from a variety of backgrounds to extend their skills and knowledge to encompass the sustainable development, use, conservation and general management of marine resources. The Orkney location gives unique insights into marine resources and their management including marine renewable energy, conservation, fisheries, aquaculture, shipping and oil & gas.

Core modules include Marine Planning, Oceanography and Ecology, Development Appraisal, Environmental Policy and Risk, Mapping and GIS, Marine Survey and Sustainable Development. A dissertation is completed over the summer.

Information for international students

The course has a track record of attracting overseas students and subject material is internationally relevant. Many overseas students return home to complete their research dissertation. Minimum English language requirement is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Some funded places are usually available each year. Please enquire for details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations30
Written coursework / continuous assessment30
Dissertation40 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Ms Pearl-Jane Dewar
+44(0)1856 850 605
+44(0)1856 851 349