University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Applied Aquatic Biology

You will cover a variety of aspects in ecosystem function and management, aquaculture, ecotoxicology and pollution, and advanced laboratory and field skills. A large amount of your time will also be spent on the research project that will enable you to apply the skills and knowledge you have gained.

Entry requirements

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 proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Course modules

You will cover a variety of topics in advanced laboratory and field skills, and choose from units that cover marine ecology, aquaculture, ecotoxicology and pollution, and scientific journalism. A large amount of your time will also be spent on the research project that will enable you to apply the skills and knowledge you have gained.

Core units are:

• Research Toolkit: This covers a range of key professional skills for research methods (communication skills, ethics and report writing), advanced field skills (boat sampling, taxonomy, and marine and freshwater sampling methods), advanced laboratory skills (genomics, monitoring and pollution monitoring methods) and remote sensing technology (such as GIS).

• Research Project: Your final project allows you to select from a range of marine and freshwater projects provided by staff within the School, government research laboratories, NGOs and private research companies. During the project you will write literature reviews and develop skills in data analysis and presentation.

Then choose any three optional units from:

• Ecotoxicology and Pollution: This provides an introduction to environmental toxicology using model and non-model organisms.

• Aquaculture: This unit focuses on the principles of aquaculture production, global production and diversity of aquaculture species. It is taught by academic staff and staff from the National Aquatics Training Centre at Sparsholt College. Areas covered include larval culture, diseases and pathology, feeding and growth, reproductive manipulation, and business and management.

• Marine Policy, Planning and Conservation: Planning and Conservation: This unit explores contemporary debates on coastal and marine management with a specific focus on marine policy, planning and conservation.

• Science and the Media: Science communication is increasingly becoming an important part of science. This unit firstly addresses the skills required by scientists to effectively communicate with the media and general public and secondly, provides an understanding of the skills needed for a career in science journalism.

• Subtidal Marine Ecology: Selected topics of current interest in marine ecology, incorporating both theory and applied aspects, culminating in a week-long practical field course in the Mediterranean Sea. The unit carries an additional cost for the field trip, and requires a minimum level of training and experience in SCUBA diving to participate.

Assessment methods

Teaching and Assessment

Hands-on laboratory-based work teamed with field trips means that practical learning underpins the theory learned in lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. You'll also find that some aspects of your course may be taught online using our virtual learning environment.

How are you assessed?

You will be assessed using a range of methods from exams to coursework and presentations, with great opportunities to present your final-year projects to industry and researchers from other departments and organisations.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,200 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,100 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,200 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,200 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,200 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Portsmouth PO1 2UP South East

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Key information

Contact: 
Admissions Team - Faculty of Science
Telephone number: 
023 9284 5550