Marine Sciences

The School of Marine Science and Technology, is one of the largest marine schools in Europe. Scientists and postgraduate students at Newcastle are engaged in projects with government agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), research institutes and industry to monitor, assess and devise policies and solutions to some of the key issues affecting the marine environment.

We engage with the following organisations on a regular basis:
• 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
• Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.


We have a wide range of outstanding facilties including:

• The Dove Marine Laboratory, 20 minutes away from the main campus on the North Sea coast, offers immediate access to typical fauna and flora and samples of most types of temperate marine habitats (rocky, sandy and muddy shores, major estuaries and the North Sea).
• New, twin-hulled research vessel ‘The Princess Royal’ is equipped with specialist laboratory facilities and equipment for marine sampling, measurement and monitoring.

MPhil/PhD Study

MPhil and PhD supervision is normally available in our main research areas:

• marine ecosystems and governance
• applied marine science
• marine biogeochemistry

Research students are supported in their studies through a structured programme of supervision and training via our faculty specific Research Training Programmes which have been endorsed by the UK research councils and adhere to their framework of excellence. We also encourage our students to do field-based research projects

Taught Programmes

Our research expertise also underpins the MSc in Tropical Coastal Management  (begun in 1987) and the MSc in International Marine Environmental Consultancy (IMEC), focuses more on the waters of Europe including the UK.

We have an international reputation for our tropical and coastal management work and many of the instruments used internationally in this field (e.g. MPAs) have been tested in tropical countries by us and are now being used in the UK.

For our IMEC MSc students we set up internships and business-led projects with regional agencies, companies and consultancy firms and arrange guest lectures from industry professionals.

Alongside developing your specialist subject knowledge and expertise, studying a taught postgraduate programme at Newcastle will also enable you to develop transferable skills relevant to the global job market.

Professional Development

We have many successful graduates who now work in senior positions all over the world for government and international agencies, consultancies, NGOs, research and training institutes and universities.


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