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Subject: Freshwater and Coastal Sciences Masters Course
From: Helene Coleman <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Helene Coleman <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 10 Jun 2004 12:59:03 +0100

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I would like to draw your attention to the following
Freshwater and Coastal Sciences Masters Course
offered jointly by the Department of Geography,
University College London and the School of Biological
Sciences, Queen Mary, University of London.

Places are are still available for 2004 entry


Environmental issues such as climate change, pollution, habitat 
destruction, biodiversity loss and species introductions threaten the 
sustainability of aquatic resources. As ever, therefore, there is a need 
for highly trained individuals to be researching these threats in 
universities/research institutes and applying sound, scientifically 
informed aquatic management principles in environmental protection and 
conservation agencies.

Responding to this, a masters level taught course in Freshwater and Coastal 
Sciences ( is now offered jointly by 
the Department of Geography (, University 
College London (UCL) and the School of Biological Sciences 
(, Queen Mary, University of London 
(QMUL). Together these institutions offer considerable multi-disciplinary 
expertise in aquatic ecosystem sciences. In the MSc programme, this 
expertise is further complimented by involvement of staff from 
organisations, such as the UK Environment Agency, NERC Centre for Ecology 
and Hydrology and the conservation agencies. Research groups closely 
involved with the programme include the UCL Environmental Change Research 
Centre ( and Environmental Modelling and 
Monitoring Group ( and the QMUL Aquatic and 
Whole Organism Research Group 

The course aims to:
1. Develop an integrated understanding of the structure, function and 
management of aquatic environments from upland catchments to the coastal zone.
2. Develop skills in field sampling, taxonomy, aquatic ecology, monitoring, 
modelling and conservation that will provide students with a strong 
foundation for PhD research, or for employment in environmental protection 
agencies and the water industry.

Aquatic systems covered include streams, rivers, lakes, floodplains and 
wetlands, estuaries and coastal marshes and specialist themes are aquatic 
ecology and palaeoecology and linkages between ecological, hydrological and 
geomorphological aspects. Taxonomic and ecological expertise are offered 
for a broad range of aquatic organisms, including algae, macrophytes, 
meiofauna, macroinvertebrates and fish.

Successful candidates will normally have good graduate degrees in 
Geography, Biology and Environmental Sciences, although consideration will 
also be given to those with degrees in other relevant natural science 
disciplines and appropriate experience and professional qualifications.

If you are interested in applying for the course an application pack and 
further information on fees, financial support, language requirements and 
studying at UCL can be obtained from:

Joanna Atherton
Department of Geography
University College London
26 Bedford Way
Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 5500, Fax:+44 (0)20 7679 7565
E-mail: [log in to unmask]

If you have any further enquiries please contact the course co-ordinator, 
Dr Carl Sayer: [log in to unmask]

Hélène Coleman
Environmental Change Research Centre (ECRC)
Department of Geography
University College London
26 Bedford Way
London, WC1H 0AP

t: +44 (0)20 7679 7575
f: +44 (0)20 7679 7565
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