Our International Marine Environmental Consultancy course meets the growing demand for marine consultants and coastal managers in UK, European and international business.
The course brings together core ecological skills with the business elements required to compete in this growing sector. Expert academic staff maintain an extensive network of contacts. A four month consultancy project provides opportunities for developing a proposal to collaborate with a world-leading marine consultancy.
This interdisciplinary course attracts a wide range of honours graduates. Your background skills may come from geography, the law and politics as well as marine biology and the environmental sciences. An interest in the marine environment and its management, and a professional, committed attitude are essential.
You will do a research project in one of the areas of the Marine Biology, Ecosystems and Governance (MBEG) research group and key consultancies operating across these areas:
- structural and functional integrity of ecosystems
- biological and socio-economic drivers of ecosystem change
- governance and management of resource use
Opportunities in other marine science research groups may exist:
- Marine Resources and Renewable Energy (MRRE):
- antifouling and ballast water treatment
- bacterial bioactive products
- Oceans and Climate focuses on the production, consumption and air-sea exchange of greenhouse gases.
The marine science research groups form part of extensive national and international networks. Recent partnerships and collaborations include:
- the Environment Agency
- Natural England
- Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority
- University of the West Indies (Barbados)
- National Oceanographic Centre Southampton (NOCS)
- University of Costa Rica
- North Sea Regional Advisory Council
- Haribon Foundation
You have the support of a marine science research community including 30 research students, six-10 post-doctoral scientists, six technicians and 13 full-time academic staff. This provides you with abundant opportunities to progress your scientific career, whether in industry or academia. Students have been successful at finding employment in industry, academia, government agencies and non-governmental organisations. You will also train to produce final projects of publishable quality.
Modules are block taught, with intensive teaching weeks and weeks of private study. Each semester is 60 credits (in full-time mode). The intensive teaching weeks run Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm.
Teaching is delivered via lectures, seminars, practical sessions (in computer labs, on boats and shores) and personal supervision. Projects may be analytical, experimental, or field based, designed to give you the skills you need for future research.
The course finishes with a four month project. This is delivered in conjunction with consultancy partners in the UK or overseas.
You have a unique opportunity to complete a four month work placement with consultancy partners from a network of marine organisations. These partnerships have been fostered over many decades working with and in the commercial marine sector. Organisations that have worked with our students on their consultancy projects include:
- major international consultancies eg AMEC, ERM, Natural Power, Vatenfall
- national government agencies eg Natural England, MMO, Environment Agency, Cefas, Defra
- local managers eg Durham Heritage Coast, NIFCA, NEIFCA
- European projects eg C-Scope
- local niche consultancies eg CTL Consult, Envision Mapping, Environment Systems
You will meet individuals from these companies during the taught course and get to know their businesses. This enables you to develop a relevant project idea for your final piece of work. Industrial work experience operates in many final projects or you can collaborate with Newcastle academics and other universities, institutes or scientific associations.
This course forms the basis of the taught components of the Marine Science suite of postgraduate qualifications, such as our Marine Ecosystems and Governance MRes.
These courses share the same modules in the first semester. This helps create a supportive, collaborative, student cohort that often works together on interdisciplinary projects.
Our course is accredited by Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), the first Institute to bring together marine engineers, scientists and technologists into one international multi-disciplinary professional body.
Our accreditation gives you an additional benchmark of quality to your degree, making you more attractive to graduate employers.
You have access to a wealth of local (especially the Northumberland coast) and overseas (eg Caribbean and Western Indian Ocean) field sites through ongoing funded projects and collaborations.
The excellent facilities available to students in the School of Natural and Environmental Science include a suite of laboratories:
- algal culture
- stable-isotope preparation
- marine geochemistry
- gas chromatography
- air-sea gas exchange tank
- force gauge
- contact angle goniometer
- molecular biology
- tracking systems
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The MSc consists of taught modules and an individual consultancy project (80 credits), totalling 180 credits. The Postgraduate Diploma consists of taught modules (100 credits) and a smaller individual consultancy project (20 credits), totalling 120 credits.
Modules for 2017 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
- MST8011 Critical Appraisal of Coastal Production Systems
- MST8022 Environmental Research Skills
- MST8023 Marine Consultancy
- MST8024 Marine Ecosystem Governance and Socio-Economic Drivers in Management and Policy
- SPG8009 Renewable Energy: Policy, Politics and Ethics
- SPG8013 Environmental Impact Assessment
- SPG8016 Business Enterprise in Science and Engineering
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.
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Fees & Funding
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Full time: £10,200
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Part time: £5,100
Full time: £21,600
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Full time: £16,800
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EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:1 honours degree in a relevant subject, or an international equivalent. You also need three to six months' relevant practical experience.
You will also be considered on an individual basis if you have non-standard qualifications and/or relevant practical experience.
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 5.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.0 in all sub-skills)
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How to Apply
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The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.