Taught course

Marine Resource Development and Protection

Heriot-Watt University · School of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

For MSc level entry students must hold a good (minimum 2:2) honours degree and/or full membership of a relevant professional institution and/or equivalent UK or overseas qualifications that may be considered on an individual basis. For diploma level entry, students must hold any of the above and/or a relevant 3rd class honours or ordinary degree and an acceptable period of appropriate industrial experience.

Months of entry


Course content

From its years of academic research and industrial consultancy experience as one of the main UK Marine Technology Centres, the University recognises the need for an interdisciplinary approach to both the development and the protection of ocean resources. In these times of rapid global change, it is essential that scientists and environmental decision-makers understand the fundamentals of the technologies involved in different development options, whilst engineers should be encouraged to adopt an understanding of the environmental, socio-economic and political aspects of any proposed project. The programme covers all these areas.


Marine Resources: Utilisation, Interactions and Control
Marine Conservation and Sustainability
Coastal and Estuarine Science and Management
Marine Monitoring and Pollution Control
Research Project (MSc only)

Information for international students

University and British Council scholarships may be applied for. The minimum English language requirement is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. English courses may be arranged. Integrated English tuition available.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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3 NERC quota studentships available each year and numerous SAAS scholarships also available.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
21 months
full time
9 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations50
Written coursework / continuous assessment25
Dissertation25 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Dr Mark Hartl
+44 (0)131 451 3456
+44 (0)131 451 3009