How the seas and oceans affect us, and how we affect them. WHY STUDY THIS COURSE? This integrated Masters course is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) and graduates are eligible for Associate Membership. Usually graduates can become full members within a year of relevant work and then on to professional chartership. You are encouraged to undertake a placement year at the end of year 2 to gain valuable, professional work experience. MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE 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. You will also make use of our beachside Institute of Marine Sciences that houses extensive experimental and aquarium facilities. A range of boat trips and fieldtrips allow you to undertake a broad range of marine field testing and observational exercises. Additional optional trips include study tours to Belize and Portugal. WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR? The degree is for those wanting a four year course and wishing to become professional marine environmental scientists in research or employment. An enthusiasm 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 while poster and spoken presentations will help you develop your communication skills. 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 Graduates may go into such areas as local government, regulatory bodies, water companies, sustainability specialists, environmental consultancy, underwater exploration, conservation and further study to master's or PhD level.