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Programme Specification for the 2021/2 academic year

MSc Marine Environmental Management

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMSc Marine Environmental Management Programme codePTS1BIOBIOCE
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2021/2
Campus(es)Cornwall Campus
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

The ocean covers 71% of the surface of the Earth, but when depth is accounted for, occupies 97% of the volume of the biosphere. This means that the sea and life within it has a profound influence on the processes which keep the planet habitable. Yet until recently the ocean has been neglected in terms of management and protection, despite growing evidence of adverse impacts from a long list of human influences, such as overfishing, habitat damage and biodiversity loss, pollution, and climate change. Global attention is now turning rapidly to how to safeguard ocean life and the people and industries that depend on it, leading to increasing demand for trained practitioners of marine environmental management.

The new MSc in Marine Environmental Management will deliver this training, giving students a thorough grounding in a wide diversity of marine ecosystems, their ecology, functioning, and values to people. The programme will explore the diverse ways in which human activities affect marine life and will introduce management approaches to alleviate pressures from activities such as fisheries, tourism, coastal development and climate change. It will examine in depth the science and practice of creating and managing marine protected areas to safeguard marine life and promote human livelihoods and wellbeing.

The MSc will prepare students for careers in environmental NGOs, fisheries management bodies, government agencies, consultancy companies, and marine-related businesses such as aquaculture, shipping, offshore energy etc. The degree also offers a thorough training in research skills and methods so provides an excellent basis for an academic career.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. A firm grounding in theoretical and applied marine ecology achieved via the classroom and field trips.
2. Appreciation of the many ways in which people have affected the sea historically and continue to do so today.
3. Knowledge and understanding of the options for marine environmental management, the impediments to success, and means of alleviating them.
4. A broad suite of research skills; ability to conduct a wide variety of sampling methods in different environments, above and below water; experience of quantitative and qualitative analytical methods which you apply in a variety of practicals, short projects and an extended dissertation.
5. Development of team-working, independent and interpersonal skills required for the workplace.
6. Opportunity to enhance skillsets obtained via a placement with an external organisation during the dissertation.
7. Participation in a vibrant learning community at Penryn with access to a wide range of leading conservation scientists, academic presentations, seminars and visiting speakers.

4. Programme Structure

The MSc Marine Environmental Management is a 12 month programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). The programme is divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.

Interim Awards

  • A Postgraduate Diploma is awarded when a student gains at least 120 credits, including at least 90 at Level M on a designated programme.
  • A Postgraduate Certificate is awarded when a student gains at least 60 credits including at least 45 at Level M on a designated programme.

5. Programme Modules

http://biosciences.exeter.ac.uk/current/modules/

http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/currentstudents/

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows, and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

If you have mobility or health disabilities that prevent you from undertaking intensive fieldwork, reasonable adjustments and/or alternative assessment can be considered. This could include replacing a fieldwork module with an alternative in agreement with the Director of Education.

Stage 1


135 credits of compulsory modules, 45 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BIOM4009 Research Project 90Yes
BIOM4025 Statistical Modelling 15No
BIOM4040 Fisheries Management 15No
BIOM4041 Protected Areas 15No

Optional Modules

a You may select only one of the field course modules. If you have mobility or health disabilities and want to undertake fieldwork, then reasonable adjustments and/or alternative assessment can be considered.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BioP MSc MEM opt 2021-2
LESM006 The Art of Science 15 No
BIOM4030 Planning and Leading Conservation Projects 15 No
BIOM4031 GIS in Conservation Science 15 No
GEOM404 Policy and Governance for Sustainability 15 No
GEOM406 Marine and Coastal Sustainability 15 No
BioP MSc MEM field courses 2021-2
BIOM4042 Coral Reef Field Course 30 No
BIOM4043 Rewilding the United Kingdom 30 No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Gain broad understanding of marine ecology such that you can explain threats that humans pose to the sea and how management can tackle these
2. Appreciate knowledge gaps in understanding of the sea and how these need to be addressed in management
3. Be able to critically evaluate management measures for the sea
4. Formulate recommendations for marine environmental management that address social, political, and economic considerations

Lectures, seminars, discussion groups, oral presentations, poster presentations, practical laboratory and field skills, independent reading and synthesis.

ILOs 1-4:

Key skills: oral presentation, poster presentation, written report.

Research project: literature review, project report.

Statistics module: data handling exercises, field data report, discussion sessions.

Subject-specific modules: critical report, presentation, discussion seminars, desk study report.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

5. Ability to design research by identifying, collecting, synthesising and critically evaluating information from a wide range of reliable sources
6. Analyse quantitative and qualitative data
7. Critically evaluate current research
8. Undertake research in an organised and rigorous manner.

Lectures, seminars, discussion groups, oral presentations, poster presentations, practical laboratory and field skills, independent reading and synthesis.

ILOs 5-8:

Key skills: oral presentation, poster presentation, written report.

Research project: literature review, project report

Statistics module: data handling exercises, field data report, discussion sessions.

Subject-specific modules: critical report, presentation, discussion seminars, desk study report.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

9. Exhibit strong communication skills whereby you can convey broad and specialised knowledge to any type of audience via any combination of oral, written, or visual means
10. Have the social skills to work successfully as part of a professional team with ability to take on leadership roles
11. Be able to work independently
12. Be able to acquire new skills via training
13. Take an interdisciplinary approach to the acquisition of knowledge and its practical application
14. Have excellent time management
15. Show strong powers of organisation
16. Be adaptable, creative and self- confident

Lectures, seminars, discussion groups, oral presentations, poster presentations, practical laboratory and field skills, independent reading and synthesis.

ILOs 9-16:

Key skills: oral presentation, poster presentation, written report.

Research project: literature review, project report.

Statistics module: data handling exercises, field data report, discussion sessions.

Subject-specific modules: critical report, presentation, discussion seminars, desk study report.

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

You will be located in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES), Penryn campus where close working relationships are fostered. Your lead discipline will be Biosciences, but you will be taught and supervised by staff from the Centre for Geography, Environment and Society, the Centre for Ecology and Conservation, and the Environment and Sustainability Institute (all based in CLES, Penryn campus). You can expect reasonable access to all teaching staff through appointments and will in addition receive formative feedback from various discussion groups/in-lecture exercises throughout the delivery of each module and therefore receive essentially continuous feedback during the taught component of the programme. Project supervisors provide academic and tutorial support once you move on to the research (Dissertation) component of the programme. In addition, the Programme Director will offer you a meeting each term with an academic who provides guidance and feedback on assessment performance. Your progress will be monitored and you can receive up-to-date records of the assessment, achievements and progress at any stage.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

10. Admissions Criteria

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

The programme is not subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

MSc Marine Environmental Management

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits

180

ECTS credits

90

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

08/04/2020

Date of last revision

12/05/2021