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.
Apply for this course using the online application form. Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.
Admissions terms and conditions
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
- further study
What you'll study on this MSc Applied Aquatic Biology degree course
Core modules in this year include:
- Aquatic Biology Research project
- Research Toolkit
Optional units in this year currently include:
- Ecotoxicology and Pollution
- Marine, Policy, Planning and Conservation
- Science and the Media
- Subtidal Marine Ecology
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.
- 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
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.