Masters in Marine Science & Climate Change

Study a highly topical subject in a truly unique location for marine and environmental biological research

  • Marine Science
  • Full/ Part Time
  • 1/2 Years
  • Start Sept 20

About this course

Designed and delivered by expert academics and scientists, this full or part-time interdisciplinary programme blends theoretical study with practical, field-based work. You will cover specialist subject areas and gain the skills required to tackle the complex issues associated with the sustainable development of marine ecosystems.
As well as access to cutting-edge facilities and learning resources at our Europa Point Campus, the iconic Straits of Gibraltar, a unique location for marine biological research, provides a natural laboratory for your studies. The Straits, and their surrounding area, have long been recognised for their marine biodiversity.
You are able to choose full, or part-time study and have the freedom to choose your exit award (Post Graduate Certificate, Post Graduate Diploma or full Master’s Degree).

The programme is based on a series of modules in increasing levels of specialism.

  • The first part of the programme will focus on oceanography and marine biology, research skills and methods, marine conservation, sustainability and management of marine ecosystems (students could exit the programme with a Postgraduate Certificate upon completion at this stage or progress).
  • The second part will concentrate on climate-change impacts, particularly climate change adaptation and ecosystem-based disaster-risk reduction (students could exit the programme with a Postgraduate Diploma upon completion at this stage or progress).
  • The final section of the Masters programme will involve an independent and original research project, which will be assessed via dissertation and viva.

You will undertake your research project working directly with researchers at the University of Gibraltar and with external specialists. It may be possible to carry out your research project abroad.

Course Structure and Indicative Schedule

Exit Award level Module CATS
Marine Biology, Ecosystems and Conservation 15
  Oceanographic Processes 15
Research Skills and Methods 15
 PGCert Coastal Zone Management: Area-based Marine tools 15
Marine Ecosystems and Sustainability 15
Climate Change Adaptation 15
Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction 15
PGDip Capstone project 15
Master’s Research-based Project 60

CATS = Credit Accumulation Transfer Scheme where 1 CAT = 10 notional (contact + individual) hours of study

Why Us?

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you are required to have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language skills:

An overall IELTS test result of 6.5, including a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-tests. Equivalent awards will be considered (e.g. Pearson’s Test of English, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English, City & Guilds International ESOL 8984, or the TOEFL- IBT test of English proficiency).

If you do not meet our entry requirements, you can still apply as we will consider your application. Click here for more info.

The University also offers pre-sessional English courses which are designed to help you improve your English language skills so that you can fully participate in your study programme. Click here for more info.

Entry Profile

  • A minimum of a 2.1 honours science-based degree from a UK institution or an international equivalent.
  • Applicants from other disciplines with a 2:1 or above, or with a 2.2 degree in a relevant subject but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience (at least two years of work/life experience deemed by the University to be either appropriate in the fulfilment of minimum entry criteria) are encouraged to apply.
  • GCSE grade 4 and above (or C and above for examinations taken prior to 2017) in Mathematics, English and Science subjects (or international equivalent grades)
  • Proven ICT skills in word-processing, database management, email and Internet are a requirement.
  • Students must also be able to communicate their ideas effectively in writing, in discussions and media presentations.

Offers are based on a combination of qualifications or predicted grades, the applicant’s personal statement and references. For guidelines on personal statements and references please click here.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

  • Students who can provide evidence of having attended similar programmes, obtained equivalent awards and/or extensive specialist experience, may be granted RPL and may be granted exemption from particular programme modules

Non-standard Entry Requirements

  • Alternate entry into the Masters programme can be achieved through suitably documented extensive work experience (e.g. >1 year) relevant to the programme (e.g. marine environmental research, government planning, environmental impact work, work for non-governmental organisation i.e. NGO or international agency). Such applicants may be required to submit a discursive account of why this experience is relevant.

Alternative Qualifications

  • If you have a qualification other than the ones outlined above, please check with us before making an application. If your equivalent qualifications are from an overseas institution, you must apply for a Statement of Comparability from NARIC.


Home/ EU International
MSc £7,750 £14,950

Note: the above fees are for the Academic year 2019/20. Fees for Part-Time students would be half the respective Full-Time fees per annum.


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