The MSc in Marine Resource Management (MRM) is delivered by the International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT), at Heriot Watt University’s Orkney campus. ICIT has conducted postgraduate teaching and research in Orkney since 1998.
The MRM course aims to provide students with broadly based expertise in the management of marine and coastal resources including, but not limited to, fisheries and bioresources, and oil and gas. It is designed to enable graduates and professionals from a variety of backgrounds to extend their skills and knowledge to encompass the sustainable development, use, conservation and general management of marine resources. Locating in Orkney gives unique insights into marine resources and their management including marine renewable energy, conservation, fisheries, aquaculture, shipping, oil & gas.
The course was the first of its kind in the UK to be accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and completion of the course offers exemption from RICS entry examinations.
The 12 months full-time MSc course is based on the successful completion of eight core modules, two optional modules and a dissertation. Exemption pathways are available for students that can demonstrate existing subject expertise. Modules are assessed by a combination of examination and assignments.Modules
- Oceanography – ocean systems
- Marine Biology and Ecology
- Resource Development I
- Resource Development II
- Environmental Policy and Risk
- Conservation, Sustainable and Resource Management
- Development Appraisal
- Development Project
- Dissertation - individual research project with supervisor support, research dissertation exploring some aspect of renewable energy.
The course is available on a full time (12 months) or part time basis. Single modules may be available as part of the Continuing Education Program of short courses.