Applied aquatic biology student holds shellfish
UCAS Code
Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Part-time, Full-time
Duration
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Start Date
September 2020

Overview

Our aquatic ecosystems are under threat. If you want to face the issues of pollution, overfishing and climate change from the frontline – and take your studies and experience to postgraduate level too –then this MSc Applied Aquatic Biology course will meet your ambitions.

The University of Portsmouth is the perfect place to dive into aquatic biology, thanks to the temperate marine habitats and internationally-protected conservation areas on our doorstep. We're also home to some of the best facilities in the country.

Your skills and knowledge can lead to exciting careers in conservation, consultancy and research, but you’ll also be prepared to take on roles in teaching, or pursue further study.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Research at the Institute of Marine Sciences, or carry out microbiological work at the University’s Field Centre for Environmental Technology at Petersfield Sewage Works
  • Rear coldwater species for restocking programmes, or trial fish food at the Sparsholt College National Aquatics Training Centre
  • Cover ecosystem function and management, and learn advanced laboratory and field skills
  • Learn from leading international researchers and outside agencies, including environmental consultancies, government bodies and the industry
  • Go on field trips, taking part in freshwater stream surveys, learning sampling techniques, and the opportunity to take part in a week-long practical in the Mediterranean Sea
  • Get the chance to study abroad through Erasmus+, or other conservation and research schemes

Careers and opportunities

Teaching by leading international researchers, and close links with environmental consultancies, government bodies and the industry, ensures your training links directly to UK and international employment opportunities.

What can you do with a Applied Aquatic Biology degree?

Previous graduates have gone on to pursue:

  • consultancy work
  • government-based research
  • conservation
  • teaching
  • further study

What you'll study on this MSc Applied Aquatic Biology degree course

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

You'll need to study units worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 1 unit worth 60 credits and 4 units worth 120 credits.

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • Aquatic Biology Research project
  • Research Toolkit

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Aquaculture
  • Ecotoxicology and Pollution
  • Marine, Policy, Planning and Conservation
  • Science and the Media
  • Subtidal Marine Ecology

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities to build your CV.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

Support with English

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free English for Academic Purposes programme to improve your English further.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • field trips
  • one-on-one tutorials

How you'll spend your time

The MSc in Applied Aquatic Biology is a 12 month course.

The first three months (September – December) are dominated by taught modules and organising your Research Project. The balance between the project and taught materials from January–May depends on which optional taught modules you select.

From May, you'll work full time on your research project until submission in mid-August. There's then a one-month period to prepare for the final research presentation in late September which completes the course. 

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. There’s no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • exams
  • coursework
  • presentations
  • final year project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Entry requirements​

MSc Applied Aquatic Biology Master's degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Professional experience and other qualifications may be taken into consideration for applicants not meeting this requirement.
English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start)

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Full time: £9,000 (may be subject to annual increase)
  • Part time: £4,500 (may be subject to annual increase)

International students

  • Full time: £16,400 (may be subject to annual increase)
  • Part time: £8,200 (may be subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. 

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

You'll need to cover the costs of any optional fieldwork that you undertake, which are generally in the region of £800 - £1000.

Apply

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