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Master Freshwater and Coastal Sciences

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  • Objectives
    The MSc in Freshwater and Coastal Sciences aims to integrate ecology with hydrology and geomorphology. In particular, the course focuses on: reconstructing the past; understanding the contemporary; monitoring design; and predicting the future via modelling. Emphasis is placed on practical skills and field experience.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements A second-class honours degree (or the equivalent from an overseas university) in a relevant Natural Sciences subject.
  • Academic Title
    Msc Freshwater and Coastal Sciences
  • Course description
    One year full-time, two to five years part-time

    Programme description

    Taught 50:50 with University College London

    Together, Queen Mary and UCL (Geography Department) offer considerable multi-disciplinary expertise in aquatic systems sciences which is further complemented by staff from organisations such as the UK Environment Agency, NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, and the conservation agencies.

    Programme outline

    Semester 1

    Five compulsory two-week core modules and a one-week field module:

        * Aquatic Systems:space and time
        * Aquatic Systems: structure and functioning
        * Statistics for the Biosciences
        *  Aquatic Monitoring
        *  Aquatic Modelling: explanation and prediction.

    Semester 2

    Four optional modules from those listed below.

    Habitat option modules include:

        * Streams and Rivers
        * Lakes
        * Estuaries and Coastal Systems
        * Wetlands
        * Marine and Coastal Conservation

    Specialist organism options (0.5 unit) include:

        * Diatoms
        * Macrophytes
        * Plankton
        * Ostracods
        * Chironomids
        * Invertebrates
        * Fishes


    Coursework (52.5 per cent) will be assessed via essays, practical reports and presentations. An examination (7.5 per cent) is designed to assess understanding of general issues. The research project (40 per cent) is assessed via a 12,000-15,000-word dissertation.

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