Aquatic Biology and Resource Management (MSc)

University of Exeter

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12 months

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About Aquatic Biology and Resource Management at University of Exeter

This new Masters will cover contemporary aspects of both marine and freshwater systems, and has been designed with strong input from multiple outside bodies including Cefas (Defra), Environment Agency, Natural England, etc. These organisations have been crucial to the design of the programme to ensure training that will link directly to relevant employment opportunities within the UK and abroad.

The programme, taught by leading international researchers, will provide insights into a variety of areas relevant to aquatic resource management including biodiversity, environmental law, wildlife and ecosystem management, aquaculture and ecotoxicology, as well as unique field experience aboard the Cefas research vessel “Endeavour”.

The programme has a significant research component as well as professional skills training, and is designed to provide training in areas most relevant and of interest for your academic and professional development.

Entry requirements

At least an Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in Biology or a relevant science subject.


1. Fisheries Science - Theoretical Aspects
2. Marine Fisheries - Practical Field Training
3. Freshwater and Estuarine Environments - Practical Field Training
4. Environmental Perturbations
5. Conservation & Management
6. Environmental Impact Assessments
7. Professional Skills
8. Research Awareness and Methodology, including attending School research seminars, and preparing a literature review and a practice research grant proposal for your chosen research project topic.
9. A substantial research project is undertaken supervised by academics within the School of Biosciences, or from any of the course partner organisations


Taught modules are assessed through individual and group-based coursework, in-module tests and reports or essays only. The MSc research project is assessed through the submission of a research paper in September.

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