Taught course

Aquatic Ecology by Research

Queen Mary, University of London · Biological and Chemical Sciences

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Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree (minimum upper second class honours) in Biology or a relevant natural sciences subject.

Applicants with an upper second class honours degree in a non-relevent subject will be considered on a case by case basis if they have relevant professional experience in Science.

Months of entry


Course content

Aquatic ecosystems are under continued and growing threats such as habitat loss, invasive species and pollution. To conserve, manage and provide responsible and sustainable solutions to these threats requires a fundamental understanding of the structural and functional elements of ecosystems, from shallow lakes to the open oceans.

Our Aquatic Ecology by Research programme provides comprehensive practical training by application in the laboratory or field, rather than by formal tuition in the lecture theatre. This format places special emphasis on developing practical skills and the transferal of science to hands-on conservation and applied research. Queen Mary is home to a leading research group in aquatic ecology, which means you will receive expert supervision and have access to advanced research facilities.

You will take four taught modules and conduct a nine-month extended project, an integral part of this programme as it will help you develop the skills required to progress onto further academic or applied research.

Taught modules include Ecosystems Structure and Functioning, Research Frontiers in Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation, Statistics and Data Analysis and Biodiversity Loss – Challenges and Solutions.

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
+44 (0)20 7882 3328/5889