MSc Wetland Science and Conservation

General information

This taught one-year course will give students a thorough understanding of all aspects of wetland science and ecology. Students will also gain experience and knowledge on the complex conservation, restoration and management issues associated with wetlands. Field and laboratory work will cover the latest techniques in environmental analysis needed for contemporary wetland monitoring and experimentation.

Students will learn a variety of instrumental analysis techniques suitable for ecologists interested in environmental analysis and those studying a wide variety of aquatic and terrestrial habitats – not just wetlands. The theory, practical use and basic maintenance of the instruments will be covered, along with sample collection and analysis.

The lab and field based techniques covered include:

  • pH, conductivity and Redox potential
  • Greenhouse gas (GHG) collection and analysis using a gas chromatograph (GC) and infra-red gas analysis (IRGA)
  • Cation and anion concentration analysis using ion chromatography (IC)
  • Stable isotope analysis with an isotope ratio mass spectrometer (IRMS)

Taught wetland and conservation modules

  • Wetland ecology
  • Classification of wetland types
  • Properties and functions of wetlands
  • Wetland zoology and botanical adaptations
  • Wetland hydrology and biogeochemistry
  • Carbon sequestration in wetlands
  • Use of wetlands for carbon offsetting
  • Wetland conservation and restoration techniques
  • Use and design of constructed wetlands
  • Wetland plant identification
Learning outcome:

Students choosing this MSc will enjoy a modular course that will teach both the practical and theoretical aspects of wetland science and conservation. Successful students will therefore develop the skills and experience required to enable progression onto PhD studies in a wide-range of biological, biogeochemical, environmental and conservation based subjects. The course will also allow students to seek employment in areas related to wetlands, soil science, water treatment and quality, conservation and environmental consultancy.

Contact Person: Christian Dunn (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0511 - Biology", "0521 - Ecology", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography


Venue: Bangor University
Bangor, United Kingdom

School of Biological Sciences
Bangor University, Menai Bridge
Anglesey, LL59 5AB, UK



UK/EU applicants: £6.000
Non-EU applicants: £13.500

For more information about tuition fees, see Tuition fees


Academic criteria
BSc degree grade equivalent UK 2(ii) or above in a relevant biological sciences subject. Students aged 25 or older with sufficient relevant work/academic experience.

English language criteria
Students must provide documented verification of IELTS (or equivalent qualification) level 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) or greater.

Application Procedure:

Apply using the online application form. After you have completed the form on-line, you will have to produce paper copies of a number of documents (certified where you’re unable to provide the originals), such as academic transcripts, degree certificates, confirmation of financial support, and English language test results.

Application deadline:The University will accept applications throughout the year, but we would generally advise that you send in your application form by the end of June (for September intake) or the end of October (for January intake) to ensure that you have time to make any funding and/or accommodation arrangements, and for documents such as transcripts and references to be obtained if not submitted with the application. This will also give you more time to meet any conditions we may potentially attach to an offer (e.g. in the case of overseas students, taking an IELTS Test to meet the English Language requirement).

Grant Opportunities:

More information is available here.


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science
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