Taught course

Aquatic Ecology by Research

Queen Mary, University of London · Biological and Chemical Sciences

Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree (minimum upper second class honours) in a relevant subject such as environmental science, biology, chemistry or geography. Individuals with relevant professional qualifications or other experience and qualifications will also be considered. Candidates will be interviewed as part of the admission procedure.

Months of entry


Course content

Programme description
The MSc Aquatic Ecology by Research offers students a comprehensive practical training with a good proportion of time spent in the laboratory and field. The content covered is closely aligned to the MSc Freshwater and Coastal Sciences, however this programme places more of an emphasis on practical work, rather than formal tuition such as lectures.

You will develop all the skills necessary to undertake further academic or applied research through completion of an extended project. This will be aligned to cutting edge research taking place in the Centre for the Aquatic and Terrestrial Environment in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences. Students will be encouraged to share their work through publication in relevant journals.

Programme outline
You will take three core modules and an associated one-week residential field training course taught by experts in aquatic ecology from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences and the Geography Department.

Core modules:

Aquatic Ecosystems: Structure and Function
Aquatic Systems: Hydrological, Hydrochemical and Geomorphological Processes
Statistics for the Biosciences
Field training course: an introduction to key field skills held at the Freshwater Biological Association's River Lab on the River Frome, Dorset.

Individual research project: Comprises a literature review, written thesis, seminar presentation, and oral examination.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Grey
+44(0)20 7882 7819