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 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.
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
Instrumental and environmental analysis
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)
Wetland-based research project
The research project comprises a third of the MSc and is supervised by research active staff with excellent publication record and experience in their field.