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Masters degrees in Freshwater Biology provide advanced study of the relationship between living organisms and their physical environments. It includes analysis of the chemical compositions of these environments, with consideration given to waste management and water purification processes.
Popular specialisms and related subjects include Aquaculture, Marine Science and branches of Water Engineering. Entry requirements normally involve an undergraduate degree in an appropriate science subject.
Courses in Freshwater Aquatic Biology offer extensive research opportunities. For example, you could opt to explore issues on a smaller scale, such as the aquaculture of a given habitat. Alternatively, you might tackle global issues such as pollution, overfishing, and climate change, or even conservation.
Practical training in genomics, sampling methods, species identification, pollution monitoring and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) is offered through a combination of laboratory work and fieldwork. Academic consideration is given to ethics and legislation within commercial and conservational contexts.
Careers may focus on conservation, such as coastal and marine management, and roles within environmental protection agencies and charities. Your experience would also make you suitable for policy and planning within government agencies, or consultancy for NGOs. Your Masters would also make excellent preparation for further study at PhD.
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