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University of Plymouth: Marine Conservation

Institution University of Plymouth View institution profile
Department School of Biological and Marine Sciences
Telephone +44 (0) 1752 585858
Study type Taught


This programme is supported by one of the largest marine conservation research groups in the UK and specifically targeted at developing graduates for marine conservation in practice. To achieve this, University of Plymouth has partnered with a suite of external organisations, and potential employers, to co-create the course. These include government bodies, NGOs, charities and international agencies in order to provide the experience necessary to work within marine conservation in the 21st century. The programme unusually integrates both natural science and social science elements. Whilst providing the necessary theoretical background in these areas, a strong focus is on the complementary applied and personal skills required to be a successful marine conservation practitioner (e.g. how legislation is developed and implemented, science communication, running an environmental charity, etc.).

An aim of the course is for each student to typically undertake their masters project hosted by one of our external partners, focusing on real work marine conservation problems and their solutions. Our partners also have an input into the programme’s taught modules, sharing their knowledge and experience on the hurdles and issues they face. The course is designed to prepare students for two key aspects of marine conservation: "policy" (e.g. working for government agencies) and "advocacy" (e.g. working for an NGO or running a charity); the choice of optional module and project theme allows students to choose the future that most interests them.

As we are looking to produce the ocean guardians and managers of the future, we are looking for the brightest and most dedicated people to come on the course. We therefore have a non-traditional early application process in order to select for the limited spaces available.

Master of Science - MSc (PG)

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About us

At the University of Plymouth, we are proud to be a top 3 modern UK university (Times Higher Education Young University Rankings, 2023) and are internationally renowned for high-quality research and teaching. We have also recently been awarded gold ratings across the board in the latest round of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF, 2023). At the University of Plymouth, you will be studying alongside a community of people who believe deeply in the power of education to create positive change in society.

Our collective ethos is to use our knowledge for action – to apply real change, …

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