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Aquatic Ecology by Research MSc

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 2 semesters
Entry level Bachelor
Cost £10,900 UK/EU, £22,750 non-EU/UK

Aquatic ecosystems are under continued and growing threats such as habitat loss, invasive species and pollution. Be part of creating solutions to the threats these ecosystems face. This course will give you a fundamental understanding of different ecosystems and the hands-on experience you need, for conservation and research.

  • Complete fieldwork in Dorset at the Freshwater Biological Association’s River Laboratory on the River Frome
  • Excellent employment prospects progressing onto research PhDs and industry in areas such as environmental consultancy and conservation
  • Get trained in cutting-edge research techniques, contemporary approaches and practical skills
  • Conduct a nine-month project to develop the skills needed for further academic or applied research
  • Access to analytical, mesocosm and temperature-controlled facilities within the Centre for the Aquatic and Terrestrial Environment
Structural components
Practical/Field work

Application procedure

Use the online application forms for the course according to your prefred study mode: full-time programme formpart-time programme form. You must provide the following supporting documentation:

  • Completed application form
  • Degree transcripts
  • Two references
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)/ Resume

Although not mandatory, you are encouraged to send in the following documents in support of your application: 

  • Statement of purpose (should explain why you want to study your chosen programme and how it will help your life and career. Typically one side of A4 paper.)
  • IELTS/TOEFL certificate (if applicable) or other acceptable proof

Application Deadline: there is no fixed closing date for applications but you should remember that decisions on applications will be made as quickly as possible and popular programmes may become full so we advise applying as soon as possible. 

Grant opportunities

There are a number of ways you can fund your postgraduate degree.

Our Advice and Counselling service offers specialist support on financial issues, which you can access as soon as you apply for a place at Queen Mary. Before you apply, you can access our funding guides and advice on managing your money:

Learning outcomes

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 three taught modules and conduct a nine-month extended project, an integral part of this programme as it will help you develop the skills required to progress onto further academic or applied research. During the research project you will be co-supervised by either established PhD students or potential employer organisations. You will also be encouraged to publish your project work.


Degree requirements

A 2:1 or above at undergraduate level in Biology or a relevant natural sciences subject.

Other routes

Applicants with an 2:1 degree in a non-relevant subject will be considered on a case by case basis if they have relevant professional experience in Science.

Find out more about how to apply for our postgraduate taught courses.

English language requirements

If you got your degree in an English speaking country or if it was taught in English, and you studied within the last five years, you might not need an English language qualification - find out more.

The minimum English Language requirements for entry to postgraduate degree programmes within the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences are:

6.5 overall including 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking

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