Marine Planning and Management MSc

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: September 2020
  • Entry requirements: You will need a 2:1 Honours degree or better. Any first degree subject can be considered. Individual consideration is given to mature students with significant and relevant experience and with professional qualifications.
Marine Planning and Management msc

About us

School of Environmental Sciences

The programme is situated within the School of Environmental Sciences. The School is closely linked to the National Oceanography Centre and has long-established specialisms in marine biology and ecology, oceanography and terrestrial planning.  We are globally-renowned for our research in these areas. Our postgraduate programmes are solidly based upon our own experience of research, and we offer cutting-edge knowledge of our areas of expertise through our teaching. 

We have recently launched the Institute of Sustainable Coasts and Oceans which brings together our expertise in the natural and social sciences.

Civic Design

The School includes the discipline of Civic Design. This was the world’s very first academic planning unit, dating back to 1909. True to its tradition of innovation, Civic Design is now a leading centre of research into marine spatial planning. This work focuses on Liverpool’s maritime heritage and Irish Sea location, and in the development of marine planning more widely throughout Europe and beyond. Our key marine planning staff have published widely on the topic and are directly engaged in the development of marine planning thought and practice.‌

Research overview

The School is currently heading up a number of European projects relating to marine planning and management:

  • Options for Delivering Ecosystem-Based Marine Management (ODEMM)
  • Making the European Fisheries Ecosystem Plan Operational (MEFEPO)
  • European Seas and Territorial Development, Opportunities and Risks (ESaTDOR)
  • Transboundary Planning in the European Atlantic (TPEA)
  • North Sea Star

We are also leading members of networks concerned with stakeholder engagement and academic research into marine spatial planning:

Staff case study - Dr. Urmila Jha-Thakur

Urmila Jha-Thakur


Originally from India, I came to the UK in 2001 to do a one-year MBA (Environmental Management) in the University of Liverpool little knowing how much this University and city had to offer. Not only did I get excellent world class education but the University supported me by offering scholarship and part-time job opportunities to sustain myself while doing my PhD. Working as a lecturer now, when I look back I realise that what makes University of Liverpool so special are the people who are a part of it. From my supervisors, to administration staff, my fellow colleagues in the library to my present colleagues within the school of environmental sciences, I always found myself surrounded by supportive and encouraging people. University of Liverpool fosters a sense of well-being and contentment amongst its student and staff while encouraging new talent, which I believe, helps in bringing out the best in everyone.

Department address

Civic Design
The University of Liverpool, Gordon Stephenson Building
74 Bedford Street South
L69 7ZQ

Telephone: +44 (0)151 794 2874

Fax: +44 (0)151 794 3125