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Environmental issues such as eutrophication, habitat degradation and climate change threaten the sustainability of our aquatic resources. Responding to these threats the Aquatic Science MSc at UCL equips students with an understanding of the structure and functioning of aquatic environments, encompassing lakes, ponds, rivers, wetlands, groundwaters, estuaries and shallow seas. What and how will I learn? Students gain a sound training in field sampling, study design, instrumentation, numerical analysis and the taxonomy of a range of aquatic organisms. Distinctive features include the integration of aquatic ecology with hydrological and geomorphological processes, analysis of sediment cores, design of aquatic monitoring programmes and modelling of aquatic system dynamics. Degree Structure Students undertake courses to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core courses (60 credits), four optional courses (60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered. A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is offered. Core Modules Aquatic Systems Aquatic Monitoring Quantitative Environmental Palaeoecology Environmental Data Acquisition and Analysis Dissertationreport All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words. Options Aquatic Macrophytes (field-based module) Impacts of Climate Change on Hydro-Ecological Systems Coastal Change Environmental GIS Lakes *Marine Conservation Science and Politics of Climate Change Surface Water Modelling *Wetlands *Please note these modules will not run in 2011-12 Further details available on subject website: http:www.geog.ucl.ac.ukadmissions-and-teachingpostgraduatesmsc-in-aquatic-science The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical classes, laboratory sessions, case-studies and a residential field class. Assessment is through seen examination, coursework and the dissertation, which includes an oral presentation of the research proposal. Why should I study this degree at UCL? The Aquatic Science MSc is run by UCL Geography, which enjoys an outstanding international reputation for its research and teaching. The programme is taught by members of Departmental research groups specialising in Environmental Change, Environmental Modelling and Environment Landscape and Society, and has specialist input from the UCL Thames Estuary Partnership, and Environmental Scientific Services Ltd. Speakers from other universities and environmental organisations including the UK Environment Agency, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, the UK Wildlife Trusts, the Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences and the Broads Authority, are invited to lecture on the programme and take part in fieldwork. Your future career This programme provides an ideal foundation for PhD research, or for employment with environmental protection and conservation agencies, the water industry and environmental consultancies. First destinations of recent graduates of the department include: UCL: Environmental Consultant Bureau Veritas: Assistant Flood Risk Consultant Environment Agency: Ecological Appraisal Officer Energy Financing Team: Environmental Consultant Entry 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. How to apply We accept applications up until the programme begins in September, but applicants who require a student visa should submit the programme application form before 31 July. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines. Who can apply? The programme is particularl
Environmental issues such as eutrophication, habitat degradation and climate change threaten the sustainability of our aquatic resources. Responding to these threats the Aquatic Science MSc at UCL equips students with an understanding of the structure and functioning of aquatic environments, encompassing lakes, ponds, rivers, wetlands, groundwaters, estuaries and shallow seas. What and how will I learn? Students gain a sound training in field sampling, study design, instrumentation, numeri...