Aquatic Resource Management




Full Time

| Admissions status: Open
The MSc Aquatic Resource Management programme aims to produce scientists capable of addressing priority water resource issues needing interdisciplinary solutions. It aims to provide in-depth fundamental and applied training in freshwater, estuarine and marine resources and their management, and to produce scientists able to use the knowledge and skills acquired to enter direct employment or university research.

  • 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 2016
Offered by
Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
Department of Geography
Closing date
Applications will be accepted from 01 October 2015. The deadline for applications is 01 April 2016 for 2016 entry. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Prior to this date all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After this date applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 01 July 2016 to allow sufficient time for visa processing.
Approximately 20 FT.
FT Home: £10,500 (2016)
FT Overseas: £18,750 (2016)
Contact information
Centre for Arts & Sciences Admissions (CASA)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7429
Email Website


The MSc Aquatic Resource Managementprogramme aims to produce scientists capable of addressing priority water resource issues needing interdisciplinary solutions. It aims to provide in-depth fundamental and applied training in freshwater, estuarine and marine resources and their management, and to produce scientists able to use the knowledge and skills acquired to enter direct employment or university research in the broad field of aquatic resources. Grounding for these areas is given through the development of both transferable skills, and appropriate core and specialist scientific and technical knowledge and skills. For direct employment in water management, the programme emphasises the information needs for policy and decision making and provides for a close interface with scientists active in this area through visiting lecturers, industrial visits and project placements within the water industry. For students wishing to pursue university research, the range of internal and visiting expert contributors provide an awareness of current and emerging issues and there is opportunity to develop further research skills through a project placement within a university or research institution. The programme additionally aims either to develop further a student’s existing knowledge and skills in aquatic science, or to change the emphasis and focus of their knowledge and expertise, depending on individual background.

You must take a minimum of 180 credits and a maximum of 210 credits as outlined below. Details of all modules can be found at Note that not all optional modules are offered every year.

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, T1)
  • 7SSG5117 River Processes and Management (20 credits, T2)
  • 7SSG5162 Aquatic Systems: Science, Management and Policy (20 credits, T2)
  • 7SSG5172 Applied Aquatic Sciences (20 credits, T1)
  • 7SSG5175 Marine Resource Management (20 credits, T1, T2, T3)

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. †

† Students may take up to 20 credits of their programme’s optional modules, in departments or institutes outside of the Geography Department (i.e., non-7SSG modules). Approval will be subject to justification to and written approval of their Programme Director using the Permission to take modules in other KCL Departments/Institutes form (see and subject to availability and signed permission from the appropriate department administrator (in the exterior department) to allow them on the module.

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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Please provide a personal statement that shows how your own interests are linked to the programme. In this statement please describe your academic background, your reasons for applying for this programme and what you hope to gain from it, including any relevant experience, strengths, ambitions or research interests. Include any computing skills/proficiency that may not be covered elsewhere in your application.

University of London Scholarships, departmental bursaries and career development loans. For overseas students Chevening Scholarships are available from the British Council. For further information on funding, including conditions of eligibility, please consult the Postgraduate Funding Page on the Masters section of the Geography Department's website:

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