Aquatic Resource Management




Full Time

| Admissions status: Open
Aquatic Resource Management is taught jointly with the University Marine Biological Station at Millport and with major input from the UK water industry, environmental regulators and aquatic scientists. Includes a 12-week internship. Unique mix of freshwater, estuarine and marine science and management. Close collaboration with outside organisations active in aquatic management.

  • 12-week project placement (internship) gives a headstart into employment.
  • Unique mix of freshwater, estuarine and marine science and management.
  • Close collaboration with outside organisations who are active in the aquatic management arena. 
  • Located in the heart of London.
Student destinations
This vocational programme has an outstanding employment record with 95 per cent of graduates gaining employment or undertaking research within water management. Many graduates now occupy senior management positions in the UK and overseas.
Programme leader/s
Dr Michael Chadwick (
Extensive links with governmental and private sector organisations dealing with aquatic resource management who provide placement (internship) opportunities and visiting lecturers. An external advisory board of senior water management personnel and aquatic scientists advises on curriculum development and delivery.
Awarding Institution
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
One year FT, September to September.
Strand Campus; marine modules at University Marine Biological Station Millport, Scotland; internships in UK and overseas.
Year of entry 2015
Offered by
Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
Department of Geography
Closing date
The deadline for applications is 11 September 2015 for 2015 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications are now closed to allow sufficient time for visa processing.
Approximately 20 FT.
FT Home: £10,000 (2015)
FT Overseas: £19,000 (2015)
Contact information
Centre for Arts & Sciences Admissions (CASA)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7429
Email Website

To provide training in the core scientific, technical and interdisciplinary skills essential for aquatic resource management and research. Designed for those seeking employment or research opportunities within the broad field of freshwater, estuarine and marine resources, and their sustainable development, conservation, regulation and management.

Taught by the Department of Geography at King's College London in collaboration with the University Marine Biological Station at Millport, Scotland, and with major input from the UK water industry, the MSc programme is able to draw on a unique mix of freshwater, estuarine and marine expertise. The programme supports students in developing the core scientific, technical and interdisciplinary skills required for working in key areas of aquatic resource management and research, whilst also emphasising transferable communication and interpersonal skills acquired from both individual and team activities.

Throughout the programme, students develop an awareness of current and emerging environmental issues via a close interface with external organisations and scientists active in aquatic management and research.

The taught component is followed by a 12-week external project placement (internship). This project placement which runs from mid-June, is a key element of the MSc programme, offering hands-on operational and research training. The MSc programme has developed extensive links with a very wide range of agencies and organisations handling current aquatic resource management and research issues in the UK and overseas. This enables us, with careful counselling, to provide placements that match individual career aspirations and experience.

Core programme content
Core module (60 credits):
  • 7SSG5133 Dissertation in Aquatic Resource Management (Project Placement) (60 credits) (must Take and Pass)

Compulsory modules (100 credits):

  • 7SSG5110 Methods for Environmental Research (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5117 River Processes and Management (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5162 Freshwater and Estuarine Resources: Science, Management and Policy (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5172 Functioning, Assessment and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5175 Marine Resource Management (20 credits)

Indicative non-core content
Optional modules (20−50 credits):
Students must take 20 credits optional modules from any Level 7 (Masters) modules offered in the Geography Department. Students who wish to take greater than 180 credits overall (for a maximum total of 210 credits) will require approval from the Programme Director using the Module Amendment Form available from However, it is not necessary to take these additional credits and it is strongly advised that students generally restrict themselves to the minimum number of credits required.

Other Optional Modules Available to Students on this Programme:

  • Any Level 7 (Masters) modules offered in the Geography Department.
  • Up to 20 credits of Level 7 modules from any KCL Departments or Institutes outside of Geography.

Please note that the above programme structure is subject to formal approval.

Lectures; small group seminars and workshops; computer and problem-based learning exercises; poster presentations; extensive field and laboratory work including four weeks at the University Marine Biological Station Millport, Scotland and one week in Shropshire. Assessment 67 per cent coursework and 33 per cent project placement report.

More information on typical programme modules.
NB it cannot be guaranteed that all modules are offered in any particular academic year.

Module code: 7SSG5162
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20
Semester:  Semester 2 (spring) 

On completion of the module, students will be able to demonstrate substantive knowledge and critical appreciation of:
  • The functioning of freshwater, estuarine and coastal systems, and of the management and sustainable exploitation of their resources
  • The current and emerging issues and priorities in freshwater and estuarine management. Such issues include, inter alia, the implications of climate change; the development of approaches to water resource exploitation that balance human and environmental needs; the scientific underpinning of methods for management, enhancement and restoration; the development and monitoring of targets for ecosystem integrity; the interface between scientific tools for environmental management / assessment and their application in decision and policy making.
  • Contemporary and controversial issues in water management is informed and enhanced by external experts and practitioners, who either contribute directly as external lecturers or with whom regular liaison is maintained, and by student visits to agencies and enterprises involved in water management or exploitation.

Note that the list of Geography modules offered, as well as the term(s) in which they are offered, may still change from the above.
Module code: 7SSG5172
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20
Semester:  Semester 1 (autumn) 

This module will provide a general introduction to the MSc programme in Aquatic Resource Management, with emphasis on the practical application of biological and physicochemical field techniques including survey and sampling methods; laboratory and statistical analysis of field samples and survey data; and interpretation of the results obtained. To provide direct hands-on experience at the outset of the MSc programme. In addition to these scientific and educational aims, the one week residential field course promotes integration of the student group and provides a valuable opportunity for staff and students to get to know each other.

Note that the list of Geography modules offered, as well as the term(s) in which they are offered, may still change from the above.
Module code: 7SSG5175
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20

This module is entirely undertaken through a field-based programme at Millport Marine Biological Station. It provides knowledge and understanding of the stresses affecting the marine and estuarine environments, by reference to four main topic areas or themes, namely: biodiversity and conservation; mariculture and hydrography; environmental stresses and pollution; environmental microbiology. The module develops knowledge and understanding of the management and sustainable exploitation of marine and estuarine resources; an understanding and experience of methods for the qualitative and quantitative assessment of coastal and offshore habitats and biota; an awareness and understanding of current and emerging issues and priorities in marine and estuarine research and management.

Note that the list of Geography modules offered, as well as the term(s) in which they are offered, may still change from the above.

Module code: 7SSG5129
Credit level: 7

The module aims to provide knowledge of the basic biology of fish and of capture, culture and recreational fisheries. Topics covered include, inter alia: the range of living fishes, their functional morphology and the factors that influence feeding, growth, reproduction and mortality; Methods and mathematical models for the assessment of fish stock abundance and for measuring vital population statistics. Recreational fishery management; Effects of climate change and fishing practices on global fish stocks; Use of marine protected areas to enhance fish stocks; Culture of fin fish to meet the world demand for fish; Environmental implications of fin fish culture; Current problems of fishery resource management.
Module code: 7SSG5104
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20
Semester:  Semester 1 (autumn) 

This module provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the recent history of water resource allocation and management especially in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Priority will be given to outlining a conceptual framework identifying the relevant underlying ecological, economic and sociological principles relevant in the evaluation and management of water resources. The conceptual framework will also show the link between these underlying principles and environmental and economic policies. The roles of the institutions and technologies through which such policies can be implemented will also be analysed and exemplified.

Note that the list of Geography modules offered, as well as the term(s) in which they are offered, may still change from the above.

General entry advice
2:1 undergraduate degree (or overseas equivalent) in biological or environmental sciences, chemistry, geography or other science subject.
Enhanced criminal conviction check
Occupational Health clearance required?

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