The programme involves a 10'week intensive training, focusing on fundamental ecological concepts and theory in the aquatic realm set against the contemporary scenario of global ecological change. Essential theoretical, field and laboratory research skills will be developed and honed via comprehensive modules and seminars: Techniques for whole organism and environmental process research; converting science to policy or management and consultancy via stakeholder engagement; and scientific reporting. 2 separate week'long residential field'courses will allow students to put theory into practice: 1 with our River Communities Group in Dorset on the R Frome, learning about and actually testing some of the ecological tools developed for bio'assessment; and 1 practicing skills such as hydroacoustics, netting and electric fishing, and observational census methods for cetaceans, fishes, and birds. Students will spend time shadowing the researchers within the Aquatic Ecology Group of SBCS before developing a research proposal and conducting a 6'month project. These may be jointly supervised by colleagues at related institutes and agencies such as the Institute of Zoology, the Natural History Museum, NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, and the Environment Agency, or indeed in industry. We will equip science graduates with the essential skills to proceed to further research via PhD or careers in the applied sector.
Course Additional Entry
An upper 2nd Class Honours degree or higher in a relevant science (e.g. biology, earth science, environmental science, geography) from a UK University or equivalent international qualification, together with 2 supportive references.
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