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International Marine Environmental Consultancy (IMEC) MSc

Our International Marine Environmental Consultancy course meets the growing demand for marine consultants and coastal managers in UK, European and international business.

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  • September 2024
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The International Marine Environmental Consultancy (IMEC) course brings together core ecological skills and the business elements required to compete in this growing sector.

Our expert academic staff maintain an extensive network of industry contacts.

You'll complete a four-month consultancy project. This 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
  • politics
  • marine biology
  • the environmental sciences

You should have an interest in the marine environment and its management. You'll also need a professional, committed attitude which is essential.

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.

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What you'll learn

You'll do a research project in one of the marine areas of the Ecology or Modelling, Evidence and Policy research groups and key consultancies operating across these areas.

Project areas have been focussed on:

  • structural and functional integrity of ecosystems
  • biological and socio-economic drivers of ecosystem change
  • governance and management of resource use

There may be opportunities in other research groups:

There may be opportunities in other marine science research groups:

Marine Resources and Renewable Energy (MRRE):

  • antifouling and ballast water treatment
  • bacterial bioactive products


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 development

Placement opportunities

We have strong links 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

Industrial work experience operates in many consultancy projects or you can collaborate with:

  • Newcastle academics
  • other universities
  • institutes
  • scientific associations

Research skills

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
  • 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'll also train to produce final projects of publishable quality.

Your future

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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:

  • aquaria
  • algal culture
  • stable-isotope preparation
  • marine geochemistry
  • gas chromatography
  • air-sea gas exchange tank
  • uHPLC
  • bio-fouling
  • force gauge
  • WaterJet
  • contact angle goniometer
  • molecular biology
  • tracking systems

We study live marine animals at our Dove Marine Laboratory in Cullercoats. With an aquarium on-site, we examine a range of wildlife.

Our research vessel, The Princess Royal, is a floating laboratory. Activities on the vessel range from oceanographic characterisation of river plumes to remote camera surveys of offshore habitats.

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

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