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Aquatic Science MSc

Environmental issues such as eutrophication, habitat degradation and climate change threaten the sustainability of our aquatic resources. Responding to these threats the Aquatic Science MSc equips students with an interdisciplinary understanding of the structure and functioning of aquatic environments, encompassing lakes, ponds, rivers, wetlands, groundwaters, estuaries and shallow seas.

Key Information

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£9,530 (FT) £4,790 (PT)
Overseas:
£18,130 (FT) £9,015 (PT)

Application deadlines

UK/EU applicants:
1 August 2015
Overseas applicants:
31 July 2015

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with relevant professional experience in aquatic science or environmental management will also be considered.

English language requirement: Good

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

Students gain a sound training in field sampling, study design, instrumentation, numerical analysis and the taxonomy of a range of aquatic organisms. Distinctive features include the integration of aquatic ecology with hydrological and geomorphological processes, analysis of sediment cores, design of aquatic monitoring programmes and modelling of aquatic system dynamics.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma - 4 core modules and 4 option modules all 15 credits (120 credits, full-time nine months, part-time two years) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate - 4 core modules only at 15 credits (60 credits, full-time twelve weeks, part-time two years) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Scientific Basis for Freshwater and Coastal Conservation (field-based course in Norfolk, England)
  • Aquatic Monitoring (field-based course in Scotland)
  • Environmental Data Acquisition and Analysis
  • Aquatic Systems

Options

  • Biological Indicators of Environmental Change
  • Impacts of Climate Change on Hydro-ecological Systems
  • Aquatic Macrophytes (field-based course in Dorset, England)
  • Wetlands
  • Surface Water Modelling
  • Marine Conservation
  • Politics of Climate Change
  • Coastal Change
  • Lakes
  • Environmental GIS
  • Non-biological Indicators for Environmental Change

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words. Dissertation placement positions are offered linked to external conservation bodies and research-orientated consultancies.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical classes, laboratory sessions, case-studies and residential field classes. Assessment is through coursework and the dissertation, which includes an oral presentation of the research proposal.

Funding

For information on bursaries available, please visit www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/aquatic

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

This programme provides an ideal foundation for PhD research, or for employment with environmental protection and conservation agencies, the water industry and environmental consultancies.
Recent conservation sector and consultancy destinations include Norfolk Rivers Trust, Natural England, The Wildlife Trusts, Environment Agency, VerdErg Renewable Energy Ltd. and Carnstone Partners LLP. Recent PhD destinations include UCL, University of Southampton and Queen Mary University of London.

Employability

The MSc provides students with the science background and practical skills necessary for a career working in aquatic conservation and environmental protection agencies, environmental consultancies and stakeholder agencies. The MSc is also an ideal platform for further PhD study. We aim to expose students to potential employers from the outset and students receive expert tuition in field sampling and monitoring programme design, conservation biology, taxonomy of key species groups, knowledge of important conservation principles and legislation and working with stakeholders.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Aquatic Science MSc is run by UCL Geography, which enjoys an outstanding international reputation for its research and teaching.

The programme is taught by members of departmental research groups specialising in environmental change and environmental modelling, and has specialist input from the UCL Thames Estuary Partnership http://thamesweb.com/, and in-house aquatic consultancy Environmental Scientific Services http://ensis.org.uk/.

Speakers from other universities and environmental organisations including the UK Environment Agency, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, the UK Wildlife Trusts and the Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences are invited to lecture on the programme and take part in fieldwork.

Student / staff ratios › 41 staff › 151 taught students › 60 research students

Department: Geography

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is particularly suitable for students with a first degree in environmental science, geography, oceanography, biology, chemistry or engineering who wish to develop the skills necessary for further research in the field, or for a career in environmental protection and aquatic conservation.

Application deadlines

UK/EU applicants
2015-08-01
Overseas applicants
2015-07-31

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • why you want to study Aquatic Science
  • why you want to study Aquatic Science at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and/or professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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