Pathway options in the final year provide both an opportunity for you to pursue your choice of topic in greater depth and an opportunity to increase the breadth of your study through modules from the applied contemporary offerings of our Marine Science MSc programmes: Applied Marine Science, Marine Renewable Energy and Hydrography. You’ll conduct a research or consultancy-type project closely linked to one of our internationally-leading marine science research groups or industrial partners, providing an experience of working with established marine scientists.
MAR507 Economics of the Marine Environment
This module will provide students with a clear overview of the problems associated with economic activity in marine environment and the potential solutions to these problems.
MAR515 Management of Coastal Environments
This module introduces the process, method and framework used to manage change in coastal and marine environments. It will focus on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) with emphasis on the importance of collectively considering physical, ecological and socio-economic factors and processes. It will illustrate the range of the management processes available using field-, lecture- and seminar-based case studies.
MAR516 Contemporary Issues in Marine Science
This module utilises acknowledged experts to teach students about 'hot topics' in their field of marine science. The content of this module will be dynamic and will evolve to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in marine science. Current indicative content might include climate change, sea level rise, coastal flooding, ocean acidification, coral bleaching, marine biofuels and developments in nanotechnology, for example.
MAR517 Coastal Erosion and Protection
This module applies knowledge of waves and coastal processes to understand and predict coastal erosion and accretion. The hard and soft engineering methods used for coastal protection are covered, with an emphasis on how improved understanding of the natural processes (waves, currents, sediment transport) can improve coastal management decisions).
MAR518 Remote Sensing and GIS
This module introduces the principles of geographical information systems and remote sensing of marine, polar and coastal environments. Field data will be acquired using GPS and radiometric instrumentation. Emphasis is placed on the critical evaluation of remote sensing data and analysis tools in varied scenarios and on developing practical computing skills.
MAR519 Modelling Marine Processes
This module introduces the fundamental concepts of modelling marine processes. Emphasis will be placed on the mechanisms that drive marine environment and principles of their numerical implementation. The methods of modelling and the-state-of-the-art oceanic models are also introduced. The key element is development of practical skills in operation with numerical models and critical analysis of the model output.
Practical work afloat centred on a bathymetric survey and supported by lectures on key topics - electromagnetic waves & acoustic waves, measurement techniques, computational processes and reference frames, supported by practical work with survey software to develop an understanding of methods employed and practical limitations in all aspects of positioning for hydrographic surveying.
MAR521 Acoustic and Oceanographic Surveying
The module provides an introduction to physical oceanography and applied sediment dynamical processes (including dredging practices) relevant to estuaries and coastal waters. The module also provides the underpinning acoustic theory to enable students to appreciate sonar survey task. A range of relevant practical data collection techniques and exercises are included within the module.
MAR522 Survey Project Management
A central element of the module is the undertaking of survey planning through from survey tender, costing and project undertaking and reportage, to a review of the place of survey within wider project undertakings, ethics and the legislative framework surrounding activities.
MAR523 Digital Mapping
To consider the information flow through a system for hydrographic survey system from data acquisition to the final product and the means of assurance of data quality throughout. To examine the influences of user interaction on the processing of data at the various stages.
MAR527 Economics, Law and Policy for Marine Renewable Energy
This module provides an overview of key economic concepts and issues relevant to the development and exploitation of marine renewable energy (MRE). The module also provides an overview of the relevant legal regimes relevant to MRE, including property rights, climate change and energy, marine environmental protection and maritime safety and security.
MAR529 Marine Planning
This module evaluates the emergence and practice of marine planning in UK waters. It will explore the techniques available for developing marine plans and demonstrate the role which may be played by geographic information systems and other tools. Through lectures, field visits and case studies, it will also develop the learner's knowledge of the marine environment as required for marine planning.
MAR530 Managing Marine Ecosystems
The module will provide students with an understanding of marine ecosystems and their vulnerability to anthropogenic threats. Anticipatory and responsive management measures will be discussed, including relevant marine conservation agreements, legislation and policy.