MSc Marine Planning and Management

University of Liverpool

Program Description

MSc Marine Planning and Management

University of Liverpool

MSc Marine Planning and Management

This new multidisciplinary programme is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills required to take up the exciting job opportunities arising from recent changes to the planning system for UK marine areas.

The need to improve our management of the seas and oceans is increasingly being recognised. We need to repair the damage that has been done to the marine environment and make it possible to draw on the sea’s rich natural resources in a sustainable manner.

Marine spatial planning is now developing as a key component of marine management. It is being taken up by coastal nations around the world, including Australia, China, the United States of America and several European nations, such as Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. It aims to deliver a more organised sharing of sea space between demands as diverse as nature conservation, tourism, ports and shipping, renewable energy, fishing, aquaculture and mineral extraction. Some nations, including the UK, are now introducing statutory provisions for planning their coastal and marine waters and are setting up bodies and procedures for carrying out marine planning.

So there is a growing demand for professionals who understand marine science and management on the one hand, and spatial planning, as has long been practised on land, on the other. This postgraduate programme of study bridges the gap between these two disciplines, and equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to embark on a career within marine management, with a particular focus on the newly emerging practice of marine spatial planning.

This programme leads to the award of a Master of Science degree. It is a full-time, one-year course, though it is also possible to study part-time over two years, combining studies with other responsibilities. This is the first programme of its kind to be accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute as a specialist Masters course. Gaining the degree is a step towards professional membership of the Institute.”

Here is a selection of the topics recently chosen by the MSc students for their dissertations:

  • Implementation of Marine Spatial Planning in Portugal
  • Global food security: finding space for aquaculture
  • Stakeholder Participation in Marine Planning in the UK
  • Success factors for offshore wind energy
  • China’s system of Marine Functional Zoning
  • Assessing the value of sand dune systems in the North West of England
  • Stakeholder involvement in the Irish Sea Conservation Zone project
  • Reducing the impact of offshore wind farms on seabirds

Key Facts

RAE 2008

50% of research activity deemed world leading or internationally excellent and a further 35% internationally recognised.

Housed in the Gordon Stephenson Building

The building contains lecture and seminar rooms, as well as a design studio.

Why Civic Design?

World's first planning school

As the world's first planning school we have two main roles:

  • as a centre of excellence for innovative and influential research and scholarship; and
  • as a leading provider of high quality professional education.

Excellent academic staff

We have excellent academic staff who are actively engaged with research and professional practice. This is reflected in the fact we edit two international journals

  • Town Planning Review
  • Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management


Fees cover the cost of your tuition, registration, examinations (but not re-sits) and graduation.

Tuition fees (Home/EU)

The University's tuition fees are normally fixed at yearly intervals and follow Government guidelines on minimum levels. As a guide only, the normal tuition fees for full-time Home/EU postgraduate students will be as follows:

Fee for this course: £5,300

International students

International students are required to pay the full costs of their tuition in the UK with each university setting its own international fees. The University of Liverpool's fees represent excellent value for money for a Russell Group University.

International fee for this course: £13,000

Financial Support

Postgraduate Student Awards

A range of awards, scholarships and bursaries are available for those undertaking postgraduate study at the University.

International Students

The University of Liverpool administers and participates in many scholarship schemes for international students. The majority of the scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit rather than hardship and students must normally hold an offer of a place on a course before they can apply.

Career prospects

The course aims to prepare future employees of organisations that will be closely involved in marine management and marine planning initiatives in the coming years.

Potential employers include: national government departments and agencies with marine responsibilities; regional and local government coastal authorities; and marine NGOs, stakeholder groups and industrial interests concerned with maritime sectors such as energy, fisheries, nature conservation, ports and shipping, leisure and tourism and the coastal economy. Career opportunities are likely to arise in many geographical contexts around the world, including in less and more developed nations and emerging economies.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 28, 2017
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1 - 2 years
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