Species identification skills are in critical shortage by environmental scientists. This in-depth Master’s programme is for those wishing to apply their existing knowledge of ecological, environmental, geographical or biological sciences to the management of marine or freshwater environments.
You will apply scientific, legal and management techniques to rivers, estuaries, coasts and oceans; covering a diversity of key species, from shellfish to finfish. Effective management and conservation techniques for charismatic species such as whale sharks or manta rays which are targeted as part of traditional medical trades will also be explored.
You will learn industry standard techniques and software to deal effectively with data as well as learning the skills to effectively identify species. The programme will also directly address the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) ‘most wanted’ skills sets by providing quantitative skills using the industry standard R software and taxonomic skills.
You will also get the opportunity to examine the need for management of cultural heritage of our aquatic systems and coastline. Overall, the programme will provide you for a career in aquatic management, and you will be supported by leading academics and professionals in achieving this goal.
Next start date:
Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus
1 year full-time, or 2 years part-time
Marine or Freshwater Ecology, Marine Biology, Ecological Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Geographical Sciences or Biological sciences
A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 or equivalent in a required subject. If English is not your first language you’ll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading. For more information check out our international entry requirements.