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Ecosystem-Based Management of Marine Systems MSc

This demanding and ambitious Master programme is designed to train the next generation of managers and marine scientists needed to deliver integrated coastal zone management around the world. 

Relevant for careers in marine energy and food sectors, government agencies or academia, you will have the opportunity to study marine environments from the tropics to the poles as integrated systems.  Exploring interconnections between the physical environment, biodiversity, and the impacts of human activity and resource use will enable you to take a whole ecosystem approach to management and the sustainable use of our marine resources.

This holistic approach provides a superior understanding of ecosystem goods and services and how to protect and manage global marine systems.

Jointly organised and delivered by two internationally renowned marine research organisations: The Scottish Oceans Institute (SOI) at the University of St Andrews and the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), you will learn ecological and physical science expertise, as well as quantitative skills in the science needed to manage ecosystems sustainably.

The first semester is taught in St Andrews, the second in Oban, while the research semester can be undertaken at either partner institution.

Students thus become acquainted with two major marine science institutes during their studies and can make valuable connections with active and successful researchers.

Ecosystem-based management for marine systems msc brochure


"Thank you for the time and effort you put into the MRes Policy Module last year. I've recently been offered a Marine Adviser position with Natural England and needless to say it's mainly down to the skills and experience I gained whilst at SAMS." 
NE. Course Graduate


The start date for this course is the beginning of the autumn term at St Andrews but the application deadline is in July.

Admission, registration and accreditation for this course is handled by the University of St Andrews.

More information on the course, requirements, fees and application procedures are on the St Andrews website...


Contact the partner institutions for information about application and adminstration issues

St Andrews

T: +44 (0)1334 46 3441

E: pgtaughtbiology@st-andrews.ac.uk


T: +44 (0) 1631 55 9000

E: masters@sams.ac.uk


Contact course leaders for course content enquiries

Dr Clive Fox (SAMS)

Dr Sophie Smout (St Andrews)