Marine Planning for Sustainable Development (MSc/Diploma)

Orkney or Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Training Provider(s): 
Heriot-Watt University

Contact: Dr. Kate Johnson, k.r.johnson [at]

Learning objective: The program aims to:

  • Support students in developing the knowledge, understanding and subject-specific skills relevant to the practice of marine planning and sustainable development.
  • Provide students with a sufficiently broad range of both fundamental principles and innovative practices in the underpinning specialist subjects to be able to apply their knowledge proficiently in marine planning of relevance to the business and regulation of maritime industries including sustainability and ecosystem management.
  • Enable students to prepare for employment in the wider marine management and planning sector by providing the opportunity to study a range of relevant fundamental and topical issues in this area.
  • Allow students to maximize their academic and professional potential by developing their transferable skills as well as their subject-specific skills e.g. in team working, communication and presentation.

Structure and content: This is a 12 month full-time (or 24 month part-time) MSc degree course taught at either the Heriot-Watt University Orkney Campus or Edinburgh Campus. It involves studying 8 taught courses, of which 6 are compulsory with 2 optional choices. The MSc program is completed with a research dissertation equivalent to 4 taught courses.

Target audience: Anyone with an interest in the subjects taught. For MSc level entry, students must hold a good degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. life sciences, engineering, environmental studies, business studies, surveying) from a UK or Overseas University. In addition to the academic qualifications, motivation, work experience, and personality are taken into consideration.

Format: Taught (in person) at either the Orkney Campus or Edinburgh Campus. Assessment is through a mixture of coursework and examinations.

Number of participants: Unlimited

Costs and conditions for participating: For the upcoming academic year (2016/17), the fees are: £5800 for Scotland and EU students, £6800 for the rest of the UK, and £16,770 for Overseas students. Please note these are subject to change each year. A limited number of scholarships are available.

Duration: One year (12 months) full time, or two years (24 months) part time

Frequency: The course starts every year in September

Regions/countries where offered: The MSc in Marine Planning for Sustainable Development is based at the Orkney Campus but is available also at the Edinburgh Campus.

Available trainers per region: Only available in the UK