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Master in Marine Science & Climate Change

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

Key Facts

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Faculty:
School of Marine Science

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Study Options:
Full Time

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Start Date:
Sep '22

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Level:
Postgraduate

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Course Length:
1 Year

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Fees:

Home: £8,250 per annum
International and EU: £14,950 per annum

(For 2022, international and EU fees will be the same as Home fees)

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About this programme

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).

Expert Teaching

The MSc Marine Science & Climate Change teaching team brings together a multi-disciplinary group of internationally-recognised specialists in the area of Marine Science and Climate Change who have extensive expertise in developing and delivering academic programmes in the marine sciences.

Meet the Team

Face to face teaching

We are committed to providing an excellent learning experience that is personal and participative. That’s why we have decided to continue the face-to-face delivery of our programmes.

Covid-19 measures

Covid-19 vaccine: Staff and Students

Gibraltar was the first country in the world to vaccinate its entire population from Covid-19. As part of the nationwide vaccination programme, all University of Gibraltar teaching staff and students – including non-residents and international students – were offered a Covid 19 vaccine.

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Modules

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

  1. 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).
  2. 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).
  3. 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 potential external specialists. It may be possible to carry out your research project abroad.

Semester 1

Marine Biology, Ecosystems and Conservation

This module is designed to be a comprehensive introduction to the subject at postgraduate level that will provide a coherent and integrative baseline to support the modules on methods and techniques and the capstone module, which build upon the student’s knowledge.   It will cover thematics on marine biology, species-environment interactions and conservation as well as provide students with a baseline coverage of the state of play in marine science to include aspects such as ethics and policy.

Oceanographic processes

This module is designed to establish and consolidate a body of knowledge in marine science that will serve to underpin subsequent modules in this programme. It will cover the full range of oceanographic processes in detail as well as provide students with a baseline coverage of the state of play in marine oceanographic science to include aspects such as links with climate change.

Research Skills & Methods (Sciences and Social Sciences)

This module is designed to provide students with the qualitative, quantitative and research skills required to critically analyse literature and data in order to answer research questions.

Coastal Zone Management: Area Based Marine Tools

The module examines ICZM from a range of perspectives, including Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs), policy and legislation and those of numerous, often conflicting, stakeholder interests via case studies, role play and real-life scenarios.

Semester 2

Marine Systems and Sustainability

This module will explore the structure and functioning of coastal marine ecosystems are affected by human impacts (including land reclamation, habitat destruction and overfishing). Strategies to maximising sustainability in all scenarios are explored such as Marine spatial Planning (MSP), and various mitigating strategies are considered, including practical applications of these.

Advanced Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation

The module examines adaptation and mitigation from a range of perspectives and types, and offers a range of solutions to overcoming barriers preventing adaptation and mitigation. Included in the course structure are: practice in integrating knowledge of the interactions and processes that determine the form, function and well-being of social-ecological systems, and appreciation of their vulnerabilities and resilience to a changing climate. The modules covering energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies are important additions with regards to the resilience of communities around the world.

Ecological Disaster Risk Reduction

The module takes a broad, holistic perspective to reflect that which is needed for Eco-DRR. It presents concepts and approaches, both scientific and community-based, and case studies. It also provides participants with practical exercises in order to apply the concepts and approaches being taught. It will examine Eco-DRR from a range of perspectives and types, and offer a range of solutions to overcoming barriers preventing Eco-DRR.

Capstone

The Capstone module will enable students to demonstrate a systematic understanding of the knowledge gained in previous modules, and to apply this knowledge to a practical setting of their choosing; to demonstrate a critical awareness of current problems which is informed by their chosen field of study/interest; to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them, and where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses; to demonstrate a high level of skill in problem solving, analysis and critical evaluation.

Independent research-based project

This module will aid the students in their transition from primarily receptors of information into to becoming independent researchers. It will hone their scientific skills in hypothesis-development and testing, critical thinking, communication and stakeholder engagement, data collection and analysis, critical evaluation and reflection, scientific writing, verbal presentation and oral defence. This module will be of particular relevance to students wishing to progress into an academic research career or PhD study.
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

The MSc in Marine Science and Climate Change programme has been designed blending elements of Marine Science programme whilst dedicated to promote understanding and advanced skills relating to marine and coastal Climate Change Adaptation and Ecological Disaster and Risk Reduction. The programme provides insights in to ‘real-world’ applications as well as maximising the skills of students to produce highly-skilled graduates with the specialist skills required to tackle ecological scenarios of the 21st Century.
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Dissertations

Name Dissertation title In collaboration with Outputs
Adrianna Proetta Recreational fishing impacts on Dolphins: A study on prevalence in Gibraltarian waters and public perceptions on fishermen-dolphin interactions. Department of Environment, Sustainability, Climate Change and Heritage

MMRIC

Research Profile.
John Antony Yañez Dobson Jellyfish: A potential coastal threat?; Assessment of Public Perceptions and Integration of Citizen Science to aid global gaps in knowledge of Spatial and Temporal distribution of jellyfish (Cnidaria & Ctenophora). Universidad de Alicante
Julian Koplin The zooplankton community in the Bay of Gibraltar under tidal influences and recommendations for future monitoring studies. Department of the Environment, Sustainability, Climate Change and Heritage

Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research

Lilli Marie Blume

 

Form follows function?: The influence of algal architecture on epifaunal assemblages in the invasive algae Rugulopteryx okamurae in Gibraltar.
Lívia Lang Methodological framework to assess the health status of gorgonian species. University of Plymouth Research Profile. 
Lucinda Rosheuvel Community structure and its role within ecosystem artificial reef The Ark. University of Plymouth

Gibraltar Sub Aqua Association

Department of Environment, Sustainability, Climate Change and Heritage

Research profile.
María Renee Contreras Merida Characterisation of the underwater noise caused by marine traffic in the Bay of Gibraltar. Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science  (Cefas, UK) Research profile.
Riccardo Fornasari The concept of Green Port as a driver of positive change for both local and international level and possible implementation in Gibraltar. Ramboll Research profile.
Name Dissertation title In collaboration with Outputs
Clive Crisp Understanding the specific pressures and methodologies of marine recreational fishing and impact to demersal fish species in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters and mapping marine recreational fishing hotspots Department of Environment, Sustainability, Climate Change and Heritage.
Albert Gonzalez A review of the vector, pathway, distribution and management of Invasive marine species
Luisa Haasova Identifying the importance of cultural ecosystem services (II-CES): non-monetary valuation Cardiff University Poster presentation to the UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum conference; 9th March 2021.
Ivan Hernandez

 

Marine litter in submarine canyons:

A case study of the SW Approaches

University of Plymouth

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS).

Invited talk to the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC); 9th Sept 2020.
Ken Ruiz Nature-based solutions for increasing marine biodiversity in Gibraltar Poster presentation to the UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum conference; 9th March 2021.

GBC interview.

Petros Dimitriou Patella ferruginea distributions at the Western side of Gibraltar, the future threat of sea level rise and a novel method for morphotype identification Department of Environment, Sustainability, Climate Change and Heritage.
Emma Hall Evaluation of citizenship attitudes and attachments towards the marine environment in Gibraltar with a view to informing sustainable marine governance practices University of Malta Emma is currently enrolled on PhD at the University of Glasgow, Scotland
Maite Kesteleyn Assessing the use of the underwater camera in Gibraltar as a marine monitoring tool, to improve conservation practices, increase awareness and monitor biodiversity Department of Environment, Sustainability, Climate Change and Heritage. Poster presentation to the UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum conference; 9th March 2021.
– Runner-up Poster Prize – UKOTCF conference 2021.
GBC interview.
Francine Pons Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus) in the Straits of Gibraltar: from historical to recreational fisheries, and recommendations for implementing a catch-and-release fishery via stakeholder engagement. Department of Environment, Sustainability, Climate Change and Heritage. Poster presentation to the UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum conference; 9t

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.

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Meet the student

Emma Hall

MSc in Marine Science & Climate Change

“If you’re looking for an inclusive, supportive and inspiring academic experience, I would recommend studying at the University of Gibraltar.”
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Petros Dimitriou

MSc in Marine Science & Climate Change

“Lectures were engaging and challenged us to contribute and discuss. Practical sessions were fun and the lecturers were great at teaching and supporting us whenever needed”
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Francine Pons

MSc in Marine Science & Climate Change

“The programme has been a great experience overall, the modules have been varied and interesting. Assignments have been perfectly designed to prepare us with numerous skills that will be beneficial for my future”
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Maïté Kesteleyn

MSc in Marine Science & Climate Change

“If you are after a practical course that comes with great learning opportunities and great support, then the University of Gibraltar is a great place to study.”
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Albert Gonzalez

MSc in Marine Science & Climate Change

“The skills gained in this MSc has provided me with a deeper understanding of the marine environment & species, and ultimately aided my professional skills. The expert knowledge and interactive lectures under the small class size delivery allowed me to understand difficult concepts and topics much easier than with conventional teaching.”
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Ivan Hernandez

MSc in Marine Science & Climate Change

“Journal Club is really important for various reasons. It provides a forum for students to learn how to read and understand scientific publications, effectively communicate findings, practice public speaking and learn about scientific research; especially useful for the MSc research project stage”
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Adrianna Proetta

MSc in Marine Science & Climate Change

“This course has given me a completely different view on Gibraltar, and it makes me fall in love with Gibraltar in a different way”
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Michael Simmons

MSc in Marine Science & Climate Change

“There is still a lot that needs to be studied here in Gibraltar as well, which makes it a really exciting place to be as a student who wants to do research.”
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Livia Lang

MSc in Marine Science & Climate Change

“In Gibraltar, we have the unique opportunity to understand the relationship between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean, this makes it an interesting location to study.”
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Entry Requirements

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, Duolingo English Test, 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.

Testimonials

Current External Examiner

MSc in Marine Science & Climate Change

‘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’.

Dr Awantha Dissanayake

MSc in Marine Science & Climate Change

‘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’.

Current External Examiner

MSc in Marine Science & Climate Change

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

Fees

Programme Fee (per annum) Year
Home £8,250 1
International and EU £14,950 1 (For 2022, international and EU fees will be the same as Home fees)

Note: the above fees are for the Academic year 2022/23 and are subject to indexation. Fees for Part-Time students would be half the respective Full-Time fees per annum.

Scholarships

The University of Gibraltar hosts or directly offers a number of scholarship programmes to support your studies. Scholarships are available to support undergraduate, Master’s degree and PhD programmes and are made available to students based on certain criteria.

Am I eligible?

If you have been resident in Gibraltar for more than five years then, once you receive your offer letter from the University of Gibraltar, you can apply to the Department of Education for funding.

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