The course

Delivery
Full-time, Part-time, Per course
Course type
Taught
Location
Edinburgh
Entry date
September

This course offers students with a background in marine biology, geology or geography the opportunity to integrate their expertise in the wider marine science context.

Contact

Overview

The oceans do not exist in isolation but are in constant interaction with the atmosphere and underlying geology receiving energy from the sun and to a lesser extent from geothermal sources. The highly interdisciplinary field of Marine Science, the study of the oceans from the deep sea to shallow coastal seas, aims to understand the biology, chemistry, geology and physics of this dynamic system so central to all our lives.

This course offers students with a background in marine biology, geology or geography the opportunity to integrate their expertise in the wider marine science context.

The course has one core module and offers a wide variety of options with maximum flexibility allowing students to pursue their studies either at our Orkney Campus or in Edinburgh.

Industry links

Throughout the course, students are provided with internal expert supervision as well as opportunities to work with external partners, both in the UK and internationally. Examples of partners we have worked with in the past are:

Course content

   Detailed course guide

Programme lead: Dr Mark Hartl

Semester 1: September – December, 1 mandatory module and 3 optional modules
Semester 2: January – April, 1 mandatory module and 3 optional modules
Semester 3: May – August, dissertation (MSc students only)

Semester 1 Semester 2

Mandatory module:

Oceanography and Marine Ecology

Mandatory module:

GIS for Marine and Environmental Scientists

Optional modules
(students will choose three):

  • Marine Resources and Sustainability 2
  • Diversity of Marine Organisms 1
  • Applied Research Design & Analysis 1
  • Climate Change: Causes and Impacts
  • Marine Ecotoxicology
  • Marine Ecology & Fisheries
  • Introduction to Marine Planning
  • Economics of Renewable Energy
  • Environmental Processes
  • Energy in the 21st Century

Optional modules
(students will choose three):

  • Marine Biotechnology
  • Practical Skills in Marine Biotechnology 1
  • Marine Environmental Monitoring
  • Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation Measures
  • Tropical Coral Reefs: Monitoring and Management (2 week field course)
  • Practical Skills in Marine Surveying 2
  • Environmental Policy & Risk

1 Edinburgh Campus only due to labs and practicals.
2 Orkney Campus only where students will do field work.

Tropical Coral Reefs: Monitoring and Management

(2 week field course)

This is an optional module available to all students on any of our Postgraduate taught Marine courses. It involves a two week field trip to Malaysia where students are given the opportunity to explore the marine environment whilst learning different techniques for surveying and monitoring coral reefs.

Watch the video from the latest trip to Bidong Island in Malaysia

Opportunities

This course also offers students incredible opportunities during their MSc to work extensively with academics in active research groups, often leading to co-authorship on peer-reviewed publications.

Recent publications resulting from MSc research projects (student co-authors are highlighted):

  • Brash, J. M., Cook, R. L., Mackenzie, C. L. and Sanderson, W. G. (2017). The demographics and morphometries of biogenic reefs: important considerations in conservation management. 1-10.
  • Blumenröder, J., Sechet, P., Kokonnen, J. and Hartl, M. G. J. (2017). Microplastic contamination of intertidal sediments of Scapa Flow, Orkney: a first assessment. Mar Pollut Bull. 130, 293-302.
  • Miller, M.A., Bankier, C., Al-Shaeri, M.A.M., Hartl, M.G.J. (2015) Neutral Red cytotoxicity assays for assessing in vivo carbon nanotube ecotoxicity in mussels – comparing microscope and microplate methods. Mar Pollut Bull (101): 903-907.
  • Rouse, S., Jones, M.E.S., Porter, J.S., 2014. Spatial and temporal patterns of bryozoan distribution and diversity in the Scottish sea regions. Mar Ecol-Evol Persp. 35, 85-102.
  • Al-Shaeri, M., Ahmed, D., Mc Cluskey, F., Turner, G., Paterson, L., Dyrynda, E.A., Hartl, M.G.J., 2013. Potentiating toxicological interaction of single-walled carbon nanotubes with dissolved metals. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 32, 2701-2710.
  • Jennifer Loxton, Piotr Kuklinski, James M Mair, Mary Spencer Jones, Joanne S Porter (2012) Patterns of Magnesium-Calcite Distribution in the Skeleton of Some Polar Bryozoan Species Mineralogy of Polar Bryozoan Skeletons. Lecture Notes in Earth Sciences 143:169-185
  • Hartl, M.G.J., Grigson, S., Sinet, E., 2010. Maintenance of bivalve haemocytes for the purpose of delayed DNA strand break assessment using the Comet assay. Environ. Molecul. Mutagen. 51, 64-68.
  • Harper, S. J. M., Bates, C. R., Guzman, H. M. & Mair, J. M. (2010) Acoustic mapping of fish aggregation areas to improve fisheries management in Las Perlas Archipelago, Pacific Panama In : Ocean and Coastal Management. 53, 10, p. 615-623.
  • Kennedy, E. V., Holderied, M. W., Mair, J. M., Guzman, H. M. & Simpson, S. D. 15-Nov-2010 Spatial patterns in reef-generated noise relate to habitats and communities: Evidence from a Panamanian case study In : Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 395, 1-2, p. 85-92. 8 p.
  • McGowan, T., Cunningham, S. L., Guzman, H., Mair, J. M., M Guevara, J. & Betts, T. (2010) Mangrove forest composition and dynamics in Las Perlas Archipelago, Pacific Panama. In : International Journal of Tropical Biology and Conservation. 58/3, p. 857-869