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Marine and Coastal Resource Management MSc (Master of Science in Marine and Coastal Resource Management )

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Cost £5940 UK/EU students £12,450 international students

Course overview

Our ability to predict and understand the level and type of impacts that humans levy on the marine environment through activities associated with waste dumping, fisheries and aquaculture, oil and mineral extraction, tourism and recreation, and industrial and urban development underpins knowledge of how and why interactions of these often conflicting enterprises need to be managed and controlled. This course provides a wide range of unique and exciting theoretical and practical training opportunities for students aspiring to build successful careers in the marine environment sector.

Why study this course with us?

Marine and coastal resource management is a dynamic, exciting area, and knowledge in this field is integral to our understanding of the natural world and the need to protect it. We aim to provide you with advanced theoretical knowledge and practical skills in identifying, measuring and quantifying marine and coastal resources and the effects of anthropogenic impacts upon them. We will do this by engaging you in an interactive learning environment to explore our expertise in field and lab-based research on marine species, habitats, and processes in the UK, and further afield.

You will have the chance to acquire skills that will empower you to make decisions and develop policy on the management and protection of marine environments across the globe. You will apply these skills to a range of real-life scenarios, including wildlife management and conservation, environmental impact assessment, ecosystem services, and sustainable marine resource exploitation. You will be trained in marine field research techniques, have the opportunity to become certified as a GUE scientific diver, learn advanced analytical methods, and develop your science communication skills. You will become equipped with competency in the application of marine and coastal sciences to practical management settings, providing access to a wide range of employment opportunities.

Entry Requirments


Applicants should normally have one of the following:

  • An Honours degree (minimum 2:1) containing a significant content of marine/ecological/behavioural/biological science or a relevant postgraduate qualification
  • Substantial relevant work experience, together with evidence of recent study or writing at an appropriate level

Overseas candidates should also be competent in English and have achieved, as a minimum, one of the following standards: IELTS – 6.5; TOEFL – 88.

Applicants are also expected to submit one strong reference, with their application.

Potential students may be invited to attend for interview.


Students from countries outside the UK are expected to have entry qualifications roughly equivalent to UK A Level for undergraduate study and British Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) for postgraduate study. To help you to interpret these equivalents, please click on your country of residence to see the corresponding entry qualifications, along with information about your local representatives, events, information and contacts.

We accept a wide range of qualifications and consider all applications individually on merit. We may also take into account appropriate work experience.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS Academic: Undergraduate: 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any band)
  • Postgraduate: 6.5 (no less than 5.5 in any band)

For those who do not have IELTS or an acceptable in-country English language qualification, the University of Chester has developed its own online English language test which applicants can take for free as part of their application.


Structural components
Dive training
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work

ISCED Categories

Project management
Conservation and environmental management
Scientific modelling