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MA in Marine Science & Climate Change

University of Gibraltar
1-2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

MA in Marine Science & Climate Change

Designed and delivered by expert academics and scientists, this full or part-time interdisciplinary programme blends theoretical study with practical, field-based work. You will cover specialist subject areas and gain the skills required to tackle the complex issues associated with the sustainable development of marine ecosystems.

As well as access to cutting-edge facilities and learning resources at our Europa Point Campus, the iconic Straits of Gibraltar, a unique location for marine biological research, provides a natural laboratory for your studies. The Straits, and their surrounding area, have long been recognised for their marine biodiversity.

Admission requirements

 Typically, all applicants will have:

  • Possess a minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) awarded by a UK university or overseas equivalent in a relevant subject.
  • Be able to communicate ideas effectively in writing, in discussions and presentations. Basic IT skills, such as word-processing, email and Internet are expected.
  • Alternate entry into the Masters programme can be achieved through suitably documented extensive work experience (e.g. >1 year) relevant to the programme (e.g. marine environmental research, government planning, environmental impact work, work for non-governmental organisation i.e. NGO or international agency). Such applicants may be required to submit a discursive account of why this experience is relevant.

 English language requirements:

An overall IELTS test result of 6.5, including a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-tests. Equivalent awards will be considered (e.g. Pearson’s Test of English, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English, Duolingo English Test, City & Guilds International ESOL 8984, or the TOEFL- IBT test of English proficiency). If you do not meet our entry requirements, you can still apply as we will consider your application.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Marine Biology, Ecosystems and Conservation
  • Oceanographic Processes
  • Research Skills and Methods
  • Coastal Zone Management: Area-based Marine tools

Semester 2

  • Marine Ecosystems and Sustainability
  • Advanced Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation
  • Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Capstone project
  • Independent Research-based Project

Scholarships & funding

The University of Gibraltar hosts or directly offers a number of scholarship programmes to support your studies. Scholarships are available to support undergraduate, Master’s degree and PhD programmes and are made available to students based on certain criteria.

 Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

This course is also available as a part-time for 2 years


  • Home Full-time: £12,500
  • Fees for Part-Time students would be half the respective Full-Time fees per annum.

For 2021, international and EU fees will be the same as Home fees


The aim of this programme is to meet industry needs by launching competent, experienced marine consultants and coastal managers into business, to meet the growing demand for truly multidisciplinary graduates within the growing environmental sector, particularly in the areas of Marine coastal zone management, area-based marine tools, environmental and biological conservation, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.

3. Upon successfully completing this programme, students will be:

  1. ready for professional employment or engagement in a variety of marine-related fields including marine environmental consultancy, coastal planning, marine conservation, climate-driven ecosystem-based disaster risk assessments and environmental impact assessments among others;
  2. independent learners with a range of specialist research skills, which they can apply competently and professionally;
  3. Capable, informed and skilled professionals who can carry out quality research, including the evaluation and critique of existing methodologies and the proposal of new hypotheses;
  4. sufficiently skilled to adapt to varying scenarios and different conditions;
  5. able to communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences; 6) fully literate in sustainability policy and practice.

Career paths

Successful completion of this course would equip students with the knowledge base and skills to be effective managers and planners in marine coastal environments, with particular specialisms in strategies and approaches to adapt to and/or mitigate the effects of climate change in the marine environment. Such skills would be sought after in careers such as biological and environmental conservation, marine coastal management and planning, marine coastal engineering and policymaking.

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University of Gibraltar

The University of Gibraltar offers its students high quality, in-person teaching and UK-aligned standards in a unique, safe and multicultural location. Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory located at the Southernmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula that is often described...

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Why study at University of Gibraltar

The University of Gibraltar offers its students high-quality, in-person teaching and UK-aligned standards in a unique, safe and multicultural location. Our small class sizes, combined with the expertise of our academic staff, meaningful placements and work experience opportunities enable us to deliver an exceptional student experience, ensuring you’re getting the skills that employers are looking for. In line with the UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) requirements, all University of Gibraltar degrees are regularly audited by experienced, external examiners from the UK.

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University of Gibraltar

Europa Point Campus
GX11 1AA Gibraltar

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