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Marine Ecosystems MRes

At Newcastle University, this research master's provides you with an exceptional grounding in marine environmental research.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2024


On our Marine Ecosystems course, you’ll develop an understanding of key concepts and issues. You’ll also develop the skills and qualities required for a career in academia or industry.

Through a combination of taught and research modules, our course will develop your understanding of:

  • the roles of science, policy, technology and economic development in the marine environment
  • marine environmental issues, their origins and possible solutions
  • the principal processes maintaining and altering the structure, function and ecosystem services of coastal waters
  • the key concepts and methodologies used in ecosystem, environmental management and conservation science
  • the context, purpose and implementation of resource mapping and evaluation

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What you'll learn

Our taught modules will ground your understanding of:

  • marine ecosystem dynamics
  • research methodologies
  • environmental governance


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn

Your future

There are exceptional opportunities if you see yourself in a marine environmental science research career. We have strong links with:

These partnerships provide you with the opportunity for exchanges and involvement.

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


The School of Natural and Environmental Sciences has an outstanding range of facilities to support our research and teaching, including:

  • the Dove Marine Laboratory (Cullercoats)
  • our versatile twin-hulled research vessel, The Princess Royal
  • our shore station at Blyth
  • dedicated computers and laboratories

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

Admissions policy

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You'll have a number of opportunities to meet us throughout the year including:

  • campus tours
  • on-campus open days
  • virtual open days
  • webinars

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Get in touch

Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Professor Pip Moore
Professor of Marine Science

School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6661


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Additional information

Academic papers

There are opportunities for involvement in key papers. Previous students have often led on papers and projects in areas that include:

Tropical coastal management

  • Hicks CC, McClanahan, TRM, Cinner JE, Hills JM (2009)
  • Trade offs in values assigned to ecological goods and services associated with different coral reef management strategies
  • Ecology and Society. 14 (1): 10

Marine ecosystem services

  • Smith V, Fitzsimmons C (2011)
  • Local livelihood diversification: conservation and Socio-economics of scuba diving in the Solomon Islands
  • International Journal of Ecotourism. 10: 179-196

North Sea marine policy

  • Scarff G, Fitzsimmons C, Gray T (2014)
  • The new mode of marine governance in the UK: aspirations and challenges
  • Marine Policy. 51: 96-102

Marine biology

  • Tanzil JTI, Brown BE, Tudhope AW, Dunne RP (2009)
  • Decline in skeletal growth of the coral Porites lutea from the Andaman Sea, South Thailand between 1984 and 2005
  • Coral Reefs 28: 519-528

Coral reef ecology

  • McWilliam JN, Hawkins AD (2013)
  • A comparison of inshore marine soundscapes
  • Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 446: 166-176

Marine protected area management

  • Peterson AM, Stead SM (2011)
  • Rule breaking and livelihood options in marine protected areas
  • Environmental Conservation. 38: 342-352

Fisheries ecology and sustainability

  • Hart K, Gray T, Stead SM (2013)
  • Consumptive versus non-consumptive use of sea turtles? Stakeholder perceptions about sustainable use in three communities near Cahuita National Park, Costa Rica
  • Marine Policy. 42: 236-244