Taught course

Freshwater and Marine Ecology

Queen Mary, University of London · Biological and Chemical Sciences

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree or higher in a relevant science (eg biology, earth science, environmental science, geography) from a UK University or equivalent international qualification, together with two supportive references.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme involves a ten week intensive training, focusing on fundamental ecological concepts and theory in the aquatic realm set against the contemporary scenario of global ecological change. Essential theoretical, field and laboratory research skills will be developed and honed via comprehensive modules and seminars: state-of-the-art techniques for whole organism and environmental process research; converting science to policy or management and consultancy via stakeholder engagement; and scientific reporting. Two separate week-long residential field-courses will allow students to put theory into practice: one with our River Communities Group in Dorset on the R Frome, learning about and actually testing some of the ecological tools developed for bio-assessment; and one practicing skills such as hydroacoustics, netting & electric fishing, and observational census methods for cetaceans, fishes, and birds.

Students will spend time shadowing the internationally renowned researchers within the Aquatic Ecology Group of SBCS before developing a research proposal and conducting a six-month project. These may be jointly supervised by colleagues at related institutes and agencies such as the Institute of Zoology, the Natural History Museum, NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, and the Environment Agency, or indeed in industry. We will equip science graduates with the essential skills to proceed to further research via PhD or careers in the applied sector.

  • Delivered by leading international researchers in the Aquatic Ecology Group, with input from the School of Geography, and in conjunction with multiple external institutes and agencies.
  • Designed to ensure contemporary training in practical research skills to promote graduate employability
  • Modules developed spanning the aquatic spectrum, accommodating pure theory and applied practical skills in the field
  • Access to state-of-the-art analytical facilities from investment by the Science Research Infrastructure Fund.
  • Considerable opportunity for projects in the UK and overseas, both in house, and with collaborating institutions across London

Information for international students

For more information please see here.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
4 months

Further details of qualification

MSc: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/coursefinder/courses/121419.html PGCert: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/coursefinder/courses/121495.html

Course contact details

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