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About the course

Aquatic ecosystems and species are under intense anthropogenic threats. These threats directly affect services such as sustainable fisheries, drinking water or ecosystem resilience. 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.

Considering both freshwater and marine ecosystems and species, we have designed a programme to equip you with the interdisciplinary practical skills and theoretical understanding to pursue a career in aquatic research, consultancy or environmental protection, and give you a good understanding of applying scientific understanding to science policy. 

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Entry Requirements

A 2:1 or above at undergraduate level in a relevant subject such as Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry or Geography.

Applicants with a good 2:2 degree may be considered on an individual basis.


Course Content


Where is Queen Mary University of London


Student Profile(s)

Pascaline Francelle

Why did you decide to come to QMUL?
I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do a Masters after my undergraduate study but then I came across the Freshwater and Marine Ecology MSc at Queen Mary and it seemed perfect because I wanted to work in Ecology, but I’m also obsessed with oceans and marine life. I started to scuba dive when I was 12 so I have always loved the ocean and anything to do with water. I also have a few friends who went to QMUL before and they said they had the best time here.

What do you enjoy about life at Queen Mary?
Everything really. I’ve found that I’ve learnt more in a few months on my Masters course at QMUL than I learnt in my whole undergraduate degree at my previous university. The course is really well organised so we have one module every three weeks so we can really dive into one subject and perfect it. The teachers are much more available and interesting, you can tell they love what they’re doing. Everything being in the same place gives you a real feeling of a campus life.

What are you plans for the future?
This course has confirmed the fact that I would like to work in research and go on to do a PhD in the same field.

Any advice to those thinking of studying a Masters at university?
Do it, knowledge is key. The skills I’ve learnt this year, they are going to be very useful and I will be able to get much better jobs now. If I had to give one tip, I would say, for shy students, make sure you go out and speak to other students. It’s really helpful to speak to people on your course and build a circle of friends. You can help each other learn and progress together, which helps reduce stress.


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