Taught course

Wetland Science for Pollution Control

Bangor University · School of Biological Sciences

Entry requirements

Academic criteria: BSc degree grade equivalent UK 2(ii) or above in a relevant biological sciences subject. Students aged 25 or older with sufficient relevant work/academic experience.

Months of entry

November, October, September

Course content

This course will give students a thorough understanding of all aspects of wetland science required for understanding, design and construction of treatment wetlands for pollution control. Students will learn the theoretical and practical skills needed in the application of a range of treatment wetlands for pollution control and water management. Field and laboratory work will also cover the latest techniques in environmental analysis needed for contemporary wetland monitoring and experimentation. Taught wetland modules include: wetland classes and biodiversity; wetland hydrology and biogeochemistry; wetland ecosystem services; international wetland field trip; constructed treatment wetlands. Instrumental and environmental analysis: alongside the theoretical and practical design skills needed for the building of constructed treatment wetlands students on this course will learn a variety of instrumental analysis techniques. These will be tailored for constructed wetland engineers and biogeochemists interested in environmental analysis and suitable for those studying a wide variety of aquatic and terrestrial habitats – not just wetlands. The lab and field based techniques covered include: pH, conductivity and Redox potential; greenhouse gas (GHG) collection and analysis using a gas chromatograph (GC) and infra-red gas analysis (IRGA); cation and anion concentration analysis using ion chromatography (IC); Stable isotope analysis with an isotope ratio mass spectrometer (IRMS); modelling for the design of treatment wetlands. Constructed treatment wetland research project: the research project comprises a third of the MSc and is supervised by research active staff with excellent publication record and experience in their field. There is the possibility of working alongside a constructed wetland consultancy partner for part of the project.

Information for international students

English language criteria: Students must provide documented verification of IELTS (or equivalent qualification) level 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) or greater.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Christian Dunn
01248 382527