How the seas and oceans affect us, and how we affect them. WHY STUDY THIS COURSE? This course stands out as an integrated Master's degree designed to prepare you for progression into research. You are encouraged to undertake a placement year at the end of year 2 to gain valuable professional work experience. The school has excellent laboratories and analytical equipment, allowing you to gain experience of industry standard tests and techniques investigating marine water quality, marine life and pollutants. We also make use of our beachside Institute of Marine Sciences that houses extensive experimental and aquarium facilities. A range of boat trips and field trips allow you to undertake a broad range of marine field testing and observational exercises. Optional trips include study tours to Belize and Portugal. MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE This course will help you to understand all aspects of the marine environment - how the seas and oceans affect us, and also how we affect them. This integrated Master's course will also help you to prepare for a potential career in researching these issues. WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR? This degree is for those wanting to go on to a wide range of marine-relevant jobs, from marine ecology to pollution control. A passion for understanding how our seas and oceans work, the many natural cycles and processes that are involved and how we can, and do, influence them, will be invaluable. SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE GAINED Through our mixture of practical and classroom based work, you will gain important graduate skills in planning your work. Poster and spoken presentations will help you develop your communication skills. Field and laboratory work will help you develop teamwork and leadership. You will also have to plan and organise your own final year independent project that may involve considerations of health and safety, ethics and resource management. AFTER THE COURSE Recent graduates have gone into local government, regulatory bodies, water companies, sustainability roles, underwater exploration, green finance, environmental law, conservation and further study to master's or PhD level.