Taught course

Marine Environment and Resources

University of Southampton · Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Entry requirements

2nd Class Honours degree or equivalent; 210 ECTS.

Months of entry


Course content

This two-year taught MSc is a joint European programme that provides the opportunity to study in Southampton, Bilbao, Bordeaux and Liege and will develop your ability to make a difference in marine environmental resource management. You will spend a full semester at three out of the four European universities (Southampton, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Liege) and will study in English. Your dissertation can be taken at any of these institutions or at any other MER partner institution worldwide. This experience of mobility, along with the emphasis on environment and resources in the programme, will empower you in the pan-European job and research market.


Core modules: Contemporary topics; introductory modules in: biological oceanography; chemical oceanography; marine geology; physical oceanography.

Plus optional modules from: applied and marine geophysics; biogeochemical cycles in the earth system; geodynamics and solid earth geophysics; international maritime and environment law; introductory remote sensing of the oceans; large-scale ocean processes; biological and chemical aspects of environmental pollution; deep-sea ecology; freshwater ecosystems; hydrology and water resources; maritime and coastal engineering; zooplankton ecology and processes.

Plus specialisation modules in: biodiversity and preservation of the marine environment and its resources; design of sampling schemes and data analysis in research projects; ecotoxicology; integrated assessment of the quality of the marine environment; sustainable management of marine living resources; sustainable management of marine non-living resources.

For further information, please see our website.

Information for international students


Fees and funding



Qualification and course duration


full time
18-24 months

Course contact details

Natural and Environmental Sciences
+44 (0)23 8059 4785