University of St Andrews

MSc in Ecosystem-based Management of Marine Systems


This demanding and ambitious new MSc in Ecosystem-Based Management of Marine Systems provides students with both ecological and physical science expertise as well as quantitative skills in the science needed to manage ecosystems sustainably. Students study marine environments from the tropics to polar regions as integrated systems, exploring interconnections between the physical environment, biodiversity and the impacts of human activity and resource use. This holistic approach provides a superior understanding of ecosystem goods and services and of how to protect and manage marine systems.

The course gives students the knowledge and skills to obtain and interpret multidisciplinary system data, providing a whole ecosystem approach to management and the sustainable use of marine resources.  Students enhance their graduate and professional skills to further careers in government agencies, the commercial marine sector or academia, to become the next generation of managers and marine scientists delivering integrated coastal zone management around the world.

The course is jointly organised and delivered by two internationally renowned organisations: The Scottish Oceans Institute (SOI) at the University of St Andrews and the Scottish Marine Institute at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) on the Scottish west coast.