MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert On Campus

Aquatic Conservation, Ecology and Restoration

12 months
29400 GBP/year
14700 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Responding to these threats the Aquatic Conservation, Ecology and Restoration MSc offered at the University College London (UCL) equips students with an interdisciplinary understanding of the structure and functioning of aquatic environments, encompassing lakes, ponds, rivers, wetlands, groundwaters, estuaries and shallow seas.


Environmental issues such as pollution, habitat degradation, climate change and invasive species threaten the quality sustainability of our aquatic resources.

Students focus on integrated freshwater and coastal systems and gain extensive training in field sampling, study design and species identification. 

Distinctive features include: integration of aquatic ecology with hydro-geomorphology, aquatic landscape ecology, public engagement, citizen science approaches and science communication, analysis of sediment cores for environmental change reconstruction, design of aquatic monitoring programmes and modelling of aquatic system dynamics. 

Students come away with a sound and critical knowledge of current-day links between aquatic science, legislation and conservation.


This Aquatic Conservation, Ecology and Restoration MSc offered at the University College London (UCL) provides an ideal foundation for PhD research, or for employment with environmental protection and conservation agencies, the water industry and environmental consultancies.


The MSc provides students with the science background and practical skills necessary for a career working in aquatic conservation and environmental protection agencies, environmental consultancies and stakeholder agencies. The MSc is also an ideal platform for further PhD study. 

We aim to expose students to potential employers from the outset and students receive expert tuition in field sampling and monitoring programme design, catchment management, conservation biology, taxonomy of key species groups, knowledge of important aquatic conservation principles and legislation and working with stakeholders.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Aquatic Systems
  • Aquatic Monitoring (includes field-trip to Scottish Highlands)
  • Environmental Data Acquisition and Analysis
  • Scientific Basis for Freshwater and Coastal Conservation (field-based module at North Norfolk Coast, England)
  • Lakes
  • Coastal Change
  • Politics of Climate Change
  • Marine Conservation
  • Surface Water Modelling
  • Wetlands
  • Aquatic Macrophytes (field-based module in Dorset, England)
  • Climate Risks to Hydro-ecological Systems
  • Biological Indicators of Environmental Change
  • Non-biological Indicators for Environmental Reconstruction
  • Environmental GIS
  • Ocean Circulation and Climate Change
  • Introduction to Citizen Science and Scientific Crowdsourcing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
    • We recommend you apply as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. 
  • Applicants with relevant professional experience in aquatic science or environmental management will also be considered.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29400 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    14700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14700 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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