Taught course

Aquatic Ecology by Research

Queen Mary, University of London · Biological and Chemical Sciences

Entry requirements

www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/funding_masters/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

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 compulsory modules (15 credits each) and attend a field-training week. The remaining 120 credits comprises a 9 month individual research project aligned to cutting edge research groups within the Aquatic Ecology Group.

Taught modules include Ecosystems Structure and Functioning, Quantitative Techniques for Surveying and Monitoring in Ecology, Statistics and Bioinformatics and Science into Policy and Management.

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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