Taught course

Freshwater and Marine Ecology

Queen Mary, University of London · Biological and Chemical Sciences

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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

Aquatic ecosystems and species are under intense anthropogenic threats. These threats directly affect services such as sustainable fisheries, drinking water or ecosystem resilience leading to a high demand for trained ecology professionals.

To adequately respond to these 21st century challenges and conserve these goods and services, a fundamental understanding of the biodiversity and ecosystem processes is needed, as without knowledge there can be no application or effective management. This multi-faceted programme balances ecological theory, conservation biology and evolutionary biology with practical application.

You’ll build empirical and analytical skills through our taught modules. You’ll study how ecological theory, used alongside population genetics and evolutionary theory, can be applied to understanding current ecological issues. You’ll critically analyse aspects of the Metabolic Theory of Ecology, body-size relationships, stable isotope analysis and delve into the informative area of DNA barcoding, while getting a firm grasp on the biogeochemistry and organismal physiology in an ever-evolving world.

You will take six compulsory modules (15 credits each). The remaining 90 credits comprises a 24-week individual research project where you will collaborate with research groups within the Centre for the Aquatic and Terrestrial Environment, or with external agencies and charities like the Environment Agency, Wild Trout Trust, Froglife, or the Broads Authority. Taught modules include Ecosystem Structure and Functioning; Research Frontiers in Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation; Statistics and Data Analysis; Biodiversity Loss-Challenges and Solutions; Biodiversity and Conservation Field Course and an Ecology and Evolution Research Project.

Course Highlights

  • Includes a field course to work on sea turtle conservation projects.
  • Delivered by leading international researchers and high profile guest lecturers
  • Designed to ensure contemporary training in practical research skills to promote graduate employability.
  • Access to state-of-the-art analytical facilities within the Centre for Aquatic and Terrestrial Environment.
  • Considerable opportunity for projects in the UK and overseas, both in house, and with collaborating institutions across London.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
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