Course Comparison

Course MSc Coastal Engineering MSci (Hons) Ocean Science
Award Master of Science - MSc Integrated Master of Science - MSci (Hons)
Duration 1 year 4 years
Course type Full-time, Part-time route available Full-time
Placement - (+ optional placement)
Location Plymouth Plymouth
Provider School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics School of Biological and Marine Sciences
Entry requirements

Minimum of a lower second class honours degree (2:2) in engineering or physical science subject e.g. geography, environmental science or physics.

Students with advanced standing who can evidence an academic ability to similar levels may also be considered.

Applicants with overseas qualifications can check their compatibility with the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service. 

English language requirement 

If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required.

The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is normally 6.5. 

For further advice on the appropriateness of overseas qualification and proficiency in the use of English, please contact our International Office.

A Level
128 points to include a minimum of 2 A Levels including Grade C in at least one relevant subject: Hard Science- Biology, Chemistry, Further Mathematics, Mathematics, Physics. Soft Science- Computer Science, Design and Technology, Electronics, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Marine Science, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics. Excluding General Studies.

BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma: DDM in a relevant science subject.

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

Pass Access (Science), (including GCSE English and mathematics grade C or above or equivalent) with at least 36 credits at merit and/or distinction in science. If not science related Access please contact the admissions team at

International Baccalaureate: 28-32 points overall to include 5 at Higher Level in at least one relevant science subject (such as environmental science, geography, geology, biology, chemistry, mathematics or physics).

English language requirements

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.