This joint European programme provides the opportunity to study in Southampton, Bilbao, Liege and Bordeaux.
This is the course page for MSc Marine Environment and Resources at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Marine Environment and Resources and what studying here involves.
In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of Southampton graduate of MSc Marine Environment and Resources.
If you still have questions, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any enquiries. See our contact us page for our telephone, email and address information.
The 18-24 month Master of Science in Marine Environment and Resources (MER) is a European degree programme developed from a collaboration between three leading European institutions in this field:
You will develop your ability to think through complex issues, to analyse the marine environment and its resources and to ensure development is sustainable. Examples of topics you could study across the MER programme include integrated coastal zone management, the assessment of marine ecosystem health, protection and recovery of marine and estuary environments and competitive and responsible fisheries management.
You can find out more about the programme and studying at each of these universities on the MER Consortium website.
Our partner universities offer structured tuition in local languages during your stay and these are free of charge.
Please apply using the form on the MER Consortium website. Applications are considered throughout the year and most candidates are invited for interview to discuss the programme in more detail.
The deadline for returning the application form and the required documentation is 15th May to ensure accommodation booking. Late applications can be accepted until 15th June but accommodation is not guaranteed.
Please do not use the University of Southampton online application form.
Semester one will be spent at either the University of Southampton or the University of Bordeaux-1. Semester two is at the University del Pais Vasco. For students who spent Semester 1 at the University of Bordeaux-1, Semester 3 will be at either the University of Southampton or University of Liege. For students who spent Semester 1 at the University of Southampton, Semester 3 will be at University of Liege. The instruction language is English.
An 18/22-month full-time taught programme
A well-established, accredited partnership between universities in Bordeaux, Bilbao, Liege and Southampton
Dedicated support for incoming students by partner universities
Typical entry requirements
You will need a good (2:1 or an equivalent standard in other qualifications) Honours degree in chemical, biological, physical, Earth and environmental sciences, engineering, oceanography or mathematics. A solid background in mathematics at undergraduate level and familiarity with computers will also be required. If you do not have these qualifications, but have relevant professional experience in coastal sciences, we will consider you.
If your first language is not English, we need to ensure that your listening, written and spoken English skill would enable you to enjoy the full benefit of your studies. For entry onto our courses, you will need an acceptable English Language qualification such as IELTS 7.0 overall, with minimum of 6.5 in writing, 6.5 in reading, listening and speaking, or equivalent in other approved English language tests.
The minimum requirements set out by the joint programme for non-native speakers are an IELTS score of 6.5 (achieving a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or an approved equivalent.
All students must complete five introductory modules and one optional module.
For Bordeaux and EHU modules, please refer to their respective websites. Note that these universities use the European ECTS credit weighting scheme. MER students who are proficient in the local language of the ‘host’ university (French, Spanish and/or Basque) may elect optional courses at the MSc degree level which can be in the local language.
You will undertake your thesis project during the second year of the programme. You could be based for this in either Southampton or at one of the partner universities.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the
programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage
of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide
Fees & funding
Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are
listed for UK,
EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course
Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you
through your course.
Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or
your country of origin.
These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such
essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the
academic requirements for each programme of study.
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated
with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also
ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and
Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.
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