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MSc Aquatic Resources Management

MSc Aquatic Resource Management

MScAquaticResourcesManagementcropMScAquaticResourcesManagement2cropMSc Aquatic Resource Management is a long-established MSc taught by Environmental Scientists drawn from the Department of Geography and the School of Medicine, King’s College London and from the University Marine Biological Station at Millport, Scotland. The one year programme aims to produce scientists of the highest calibre capable of addressing priority water resource issues needing interdisciplinary solutions.

The programme aims to provide in-depth fundamental and applied training in freshwater, estuarine and marine resources and their management. A key feature of this programme is the industrial project placement dissertation, which runs from mid June. The university has 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. Some examples of past project placements include:

  • The impact of the Water Framework Directive on sediment management in transitional and coastal environments (DEFRA)
  • Performance and cost benefit analysis of different coagulants used at Thames Water Utilities Limited (Thames Water Utilities Ltd)
  • An analysis of the Marine Stewardships Council’s risked-based framework assessment process (Marine Stewardship Council)
  • The impacts of acidification on the freshwater ecology of the upper Tywi and Teifi catchments, with consideration to their remediation using limestone sand
  • An assessment of barriers to fish passage in the Upper River Lea (Environment Agency)
  • Gaining Perspective, Marine Spatial Planning in the OSPAR Convention Maritime Area
  • An Assessment of the management and status of European Eel populations in the South-East River Basin District, UK (Zoological Society London)
  • A study of long term invertebrate responses to hydrological variations and the impact of ground water abstraction (Veolia Water Central Ltd)
  • Water Framework Directive compliance assessments: the state of play today
  • A GIS based management tool to support decision making for the Buccoo Reef Marine Park, Tobago (ABP Marine Environmental Research)
  • Geographis information systems and the spatial epidemiology of urinary schistosomiasis on Unguja Island, Zanzibar (Natural History Museum)

This vocational programme has a strong record in placing students in relevant careers, and over the last five years over 90% of graduates have gone on to work in fields directly related to aquatic resource management: Environment Agency and government departments (38%), consultancy (25%), university research (15%), water utilities (11%), aquatic-related NGOs (6%) and research organisations (5%).

For any queries about the MSc Aquatic Resource Management programme not covered in the Online Prospectus, please contact Dr Michael Chadwick, Programme Director.

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