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Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 18:00

Course Overview

This course will enable students to appreciate the level of understanding of physical & biological oceanography, biodiversity, trophic interactions and individual species level life history issues that are required to implement spatially explicit, sustainable marine conservation.   Students will be able to problem-solve in small groups and integrate diverse data sources to define the reasons for specific locations and the design of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Labs will cover a range of skills from the use of oceanographic models to the analysis of varied layers of spatial data on species, habitats and communities.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Beth Scott

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or ZO5008 Marine Ecology and Ecosystem Management (Studied)
  • One of MRes Ecology & Environmental Sustainability or MRes Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology or MSc Ecology & Environmental Sustainability or MSc Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology or Master Of Science In Ecology & Conservation or MSci Biological Sciences

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Key concepts covered:

- Marine Ecology: habitats, oceanographic processes, trophic interactions biodiversity, conservation and climate variation

- Current Marine Spatial planning legislation and ecological design of protected areas.

- Lectures will cover the theory and practice of assessing change in the size, status and distribution of seabird and marine mammal populations. Our focus will be on UK monitoring and research programmes, but we will draw comparison with similar initiatives in the EU and North America. A practical session will include an introduction to the equipment, field and analytical techniques used in these programmes, and aim to build on key skills (eg. GIS) developed earlier in the degree programme.

Associated Costs


Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed


Contact Teaching Time

148 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


The module will be assessed (100%) on an independently produced assignment of group project work that designs and defines the reasons for an MPA (Marine Protected Area).

Formative Assessment




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