MRes Aquatic Ecology and Conservation

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MRes 1Yr FT
    MRes 2Yr PT
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Course Overview

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This MRes will provide you with research training in the fields of aquatic ecology and conservation.
Processes in the aquatic environment differ in key areas from those in the terrestrial environment, and this course aims to provide you with the practical skills to enable you to carry out a piece of scientific research on the ecological issues underpinning the conservation and management of aquatic ecosystems.
Recent European, national and regional legislation have reinforced the need to develop frameworks for the sustainable use of water and the wider aquatic environment. The MRes in Aquatic Ecology and Conservation course will furnish you with the ability to engage in a piece of independent research leading to a dissertation written as a scientific paper.

Key Features

The course develops skills necessary to work confidently in vocational areas such as conservation, environmental impact assessment, environmental management, monitoring and education, and fosters an objective, scientific and realistic approach to environmental biological issues that students may have to face in a professional capacity.  Graduates go on to work for government agencies such as CCW, Environment Agency, English Nature, Scottish Heritage, Fisheries Research Services, CEFAS.  Other organisations include Zoos, Wildlife Parks and Reserve, National Parks, Environmental Departments, Research and Development of SMEs as well as large companies.  Graduates also go on to do postgraduate research.


Course content :

Term 1

Core Science Skills and Research Methods

  • The scientific method
  • Experiment design and presentation skills
  • Library and internet resource searching

Conservation of Aquatic Resources

  • Conservation in practice
  • Trade-offs and constraints
  • Monitoring and planning

Literature Review in Aquatic Ecology and Conservation

  • Literature review on an aspect related to your intended dissertation topic

Terms 2 and 3

Research Project in Aquatic Ecology and Conservation

  • An independent piece of research leading to a dissertation written as a scientific research paper

Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second class honours degree or equivalent in biological sciences or related field.

IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component) or equivalent English test.

How To Apply

For further information, please contact the course co-ordinator,

Dr Carlos Garcia de Leaniz (

For all EU/International enquiries please contact:

+44 (0)1792 295142

For UK applicants

For International applicants

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2014/15 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MRes Full-time £3,996 £14,000
MRes Part-time £1,998 £7,000

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.

Teaching and assessment

This MRes degree is assessed through a combination of examinations, coursework and a dissertation or research project.

Student profiles

“I’ve spent four years as a student at Swansea University, three years as an undergraduate studying Marine Biology and a year as a postgraduate undertaking the MSc in Environmental Biology: Conservation and Resource Management. Whether studying or partying I can honestly say I had a fantastic time the whole way through! It was through my undergraduate study that I realised how amazingly diverse the marine ecosystem is, but also how vulnerable it can be and the level of exploitation it endures. This prompted me to undertake the MSc, which furthered my knowledge in many aspects of conservation and environmental issues around the world on sea and land. With my experience and expertise gained from studying at Swansea I have secured a job working with WWF Cymru in Cardiff as Marine Policy Officer where I am helping work towards a sustainable future for the Welsh marine environment.”

David Parker
BSc Marine Biology 2008
MSc Environmental Biology: Conservation & Resource Management 2009
Marine Policy Officer, WWF Cymru, Cardiff

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The Department of Biosciences provides access to an extensive range of specialist facilities for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.  These include: Research and IT laboratories; Constant temperature rooms; Growth rooms; Aquaria; Greenhouses; Zoology Museum; A custom-designed 12.5m coastal research vessel, RV Noctiluca.

Our new Teaching Laboratory is a significantly upgraded facility to teach a higher level of transferable laboratory techniques and skills, with a capacity to hold 150 students; it includes a full range of AV facilities able to transmit to several plasma screens output from a variety of sources including microscopes, PCs, DVD/Video players and visualise/camera units.

Find out more about the facilities used by Biosciences students at Swansea University.


As scientists in training you will be taught a full range of core skills and practises by leading experts that will enable you to successfully pursue a career within biology and ecology.

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All academic staff in Biosciences are active researchers and the department has a thriving research culture. Find out more.


Visiting external experts deliver selected materials, and students also benefit from visits and field work to off-site locations (for example, local artificial wetlands).

Fees and Funding

The College of Science is offering scholarships for overseas students from China, India and Nigeria. To find out more visit -