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.

Study Details:

MSc 1 year Full time 2 years Part time

Module Details:

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

Programme Funding

There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Student Destinations

On completion of the programme you will have:

– An advanced, interdisciplinary understanding in aquatic sciences and biostatistics, and an appreciation of the current research issues.
– Training in cutting-edge research techniques, contemporary approaches, and practical skills.
– An enhanced experience of a working research environment.
– A range of transferable and generic skills including research planning and experimental design, data analysis and statistics, reporting and research paper preparation.


Home and EU students 2019/20 Academic Year Full time £10,100 Part time £5,050 International students 2019/20 Academic Year Full time £20,850 Part time £10,450

Entry Requirements

This programme requires ATAS clearance. Students who are not EEA or Swiss nationals may require ATAS clearance to undertake this course. The JACS code for this course is C160. Further information on ATAS can be found on our Advice and Counselling webpages.

A minimum of an upper second-class BSc (Hons) degree (or equivalent international qualification) in biology or other relevant natural sciences subject. Applicants with an upper second class honours degree in a non-relevant subject will be considered on a case by case basis if they have relevant professional experience in science. 

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