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What will I learn?

Aquatic ecosystems and species are under intense anthropogenic threats. Because of this, trained ecology professionals who can effectively manage the ecosystem process are in high-demand across the world. Do this course and be part of reducing the risk to services such as sustainable fisheries, drinking water or ecosystem resilience.

  • Choose a field course to either Cape Verde to work on sea turtle conservation projects, or to Borneo to focus on ecological processes in tropical rainforests
  • Fieldwork in Dorset at the Freshwater Biological Association’s River Laboratory on the River Frome
  • High-profile guest lecturers
  • Specialist skills prepare you for a career in environmental protection, conservation agencies, the water industry or PhD research
  • Access to analytical, mesocosm and temperature-controlled facilities within the Centre for the Aquatic and Terrestrial Environment


  • Specialist analytical research facilities within our Centre for the Aquatic and Terrestrial Environment, developed from an investment of £1.8 million
  • The Freshwater Biological Association’s River Laboratory on the River Frome in Dorset, via our River Communities Group
  • Mesocosm and temperature controlled facilities at Queen Mary
  • We use our network of partner NGOs, research labs and industries to create further opportunities

Career paths

Graduation from this course allows you to apply your knowledge directly to the field and work in research-focused positions such as chemistry consultants, molecular microbiologists and conservation officers in labs as far afield as Australia, South Africa and the USA.

Graduates of this course have gone on to become:

  • Aquatic Ecology PhD student at Bournemouth University
  • NERC-funded PhD Student at Queen Mary University of London
  • Marine and Freshwater Intern at Zoological Society London (ZSL)

Which department am I in?

School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
Queen Mary alumni get a £1,000 discount on their fees.

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Start date

Expected September 2022


Mile End

Mile End Road,

Tower Hamlets,


E1 4NS, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students should have a Bachelors Degree. IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall including 6.0 in Writing, and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking. 

For international students

Students need to have a 2:1 or above at undergraduate level in a relevant subject such as Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry or Geography. Applicants with a good 2:2 degree may be considered on an individual basis. IELTS: 6.5 overall including 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking. TOEFL: 92 overall including 21 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening and 20 in Speaking.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

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About Queen Mary University of London

Queen Mary is ranked among the 25 most internationally diverse universities in the world and is home to a hugely diverse student population.

  • A leading higher education provider in the UK
  • One of the 24 Russell Group institutions
  • Houses 300 societies and 60 sports clubs
  • Has produced eight Nobel Prize Winners