The Ecosystem-Based Management of Marine Systems MSc course is jointly organised and
delivered by two internationally renowned organisations: The Scottish Oceans Institute (SOI) at the University of St Andrews and the Scottish Marine Institute at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) at Oban on the Scottish west coast.
Students study marine environments from the tropics to polar regions as integrated systems, exploring interconnections between the physical environment, biodiversity and the impacts of human activity and resource use.
This holistic approach provides a superior understanding of ecosystem goods and services and of how to protect and manage marine systems.
The course emphasises the knowledge and skills needed interpret multidisciplinary system data, providing a whole ecosystem approach to management and the sustainable use of marine resources.
Graduates of the course have gone on to take up careers in government agencies and the commercial marine sector, and about one third of our students progress to further study e.g. at PhD level.
We aim that our graduates will be part of the next generation of managers and marine scientists delivering integrated ecosystem management around the world.