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Aquatic Resource Management MSc



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.

Key benefits

  • 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.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Programme accreditations 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.

Course intake Approximately 20 FT.

Course leaders Dr Michael Chadwick (

Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
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fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Department of Geography


Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

2:1 undergraduate degree (or overseas equivalent) in biological or environmental sciences, chemistry, geography or other science subject.

Application procedure

Your application will be assessed by two academics.  You are welcome to call the Admissions Tutor to arrange a visit or attend one of the College graduate open days.

Personal statement and supporting information

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.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 01 April 2016 for 2016 entry. 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, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.


Course detail


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 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.

Course purpose


Course format and assessment

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.


  • Required Modules

    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)

    Freshwater & Estuarine Resources: Science, Management & Policy
    Introduction To Field Studies And Methods In Aquatic Resource Management
    Marine Resource Management

    Optional Modules

    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.


    Marine and Freshwater Fishery Management and Aquaculture
    Water Resources And Water Policy

Career prospects

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.



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