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.

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Course Structure and Indicative Schedule

Exit Award level Module Credits
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

Testimonials

Teaching Materials

‘I am impressed with the comprehensiveness of the teaching materials (lecture slides, etc.)’ ……..’A huge amount of effort has gone into establishing this new MSc degree and the cohort of students do appreciate this’.

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‘I am impressed with the comprehensiveness of the teaching materials (lecture slides, etc.)’ ……..’A huge amount of effort has gone into establishing this new MSc degree and the cohort of students do appreciate this’.

Classrooms

‘Not all classrooms have four walls’


Albert Gonzalez, MSc student 2018/20 programme

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Albert Gonzalez, MSc student 2018/20 programme

‘Not all classrooms have four walls’

Challenging but Satisfying

‘From interview comments with the students the level of work required of them has been challenging but also satisfying.’


Current External Examiner

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Current External Examiner

‘From interview comments with the students the level of work required of them has been challenging but also satisfying.’

High-quality learning experience

‘The small class sizes here at the University of Gibraltar make for an overall high-quality learning experience. Everyone is an individual not a statistic – staff are responsive to individual learning needs, thereby, providing a greater level of support. There is also a greater level of social cohesion,which enables an greater student experience.


Ken Ruiz, MSc student 2018/20 programme

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Ken Ruiz, MSc student 2018/20 programme

‘The small class sizes here at the University of Gibraltar make for an overall high-quality learning experience. Everyone is an individual not a statistic – staff are responsive to individual learning needs, thereby, providing a greater level of support. There is also a greater level of social cohesion,which enables an greater student experience.

Real world skills

‘A great deal of emphasis has been placed in embedding skills within module assessments – we have a range of innovative assessment strategies that give our students ‘real-world’ skills that make our students highly employable’


Dr Awantha Dissanayake, MSc Marine Science and Climate Change, Programme Coordinator

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Dr Awantha Dissanayake, MSc Marine Science and Climate Change, Programme Coordinator

‘A great deal of emphasis has been placed in embedding skills within module assessments – we have a range of innovative assessment strategies that give our students ‘real-world’ skills that make our students highly employable’
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Why Us?

Entry Profile

Typically, all applicants will have:

  • ​​Possess a minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) awarded by a UK university or overseas equivalent in a relevant subject.
  • Be able to communicate ideas effectively in writing, in discussions and presentations. Basic IT skills, such as word-processing, email and Internet are expected.
  • 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.

English language requirements:

  • 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.
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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.

Fees

Programme Fee (per annum) Year
Full-Time £7,900 1
International (Non-EU) £14,950 1

Note: the above fees are for the Academic year 2020/21 and are subject to indexation. Fees for Part-Time students would be half the respective Full-Time fees per annum.

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