Freshwater System Science MSc/PgDip

Freshwater-System-Science

The Masters in Freshwater System Science is a multidisciplinary programme that allows you to specialise in the monitoring and research of freshwater environments.

Key facts

Why Glasgow

  • University of Glasgow’s School of Geographical and Earth Sciences is proud to announce that it is ranked 32nd in the world (QS World Rankings 2014).
  • This programme is suitable for graduates from biology, geography, environmental and earth sciences, civil engineering or related disciplines.
  • The School is consistently ranked amongst the top 10 in the UK and top 5 in Scotland, recently achieving 1st in Scotland and 5th in the UK (Guardian University Rankings 2014).
  • With a 94% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2013, the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences continues to meet student expectations combining both teaching excellence and a supportive learning environment.
  • The School is a member of the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre: SUERC. This collaboration of Scottish universities aims to perform and support applied and strategic environmental research in the Scottish University community.
  • If you are seeking a career in the water, environmental or research sectors worldwide, this programme is designed for you.
  • You will have access to facilities including excellent laboratories for freshwater ecology, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and chemistry, small boats and research vessels.

Programme structure

Modes of delivery of the MSc in Freshwater System Science include lectures, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, fieldwork, project and team work.

Through a combination of core and optional courses you will combine training in the physical and biological aspects of aquatic environments with training in research methods, environmental data acquisition and handling.

Core courses

Total 80 credits

  • Hydrology (10) or Hydrogeology & Environmental Geoscience (10)
  • Impacts of climate change (10)
  • Introduction to Statistics (10)
  • Environmental Statistics (10)
  • Principles of GIS (10)
  • Research and Professional Issues (10)
  • Freshwater sampling techniques (10)
  • Catchment Management (10) or Limnology (10)

Optional courses, including

Elective courses. This list is subject to expansion to enable students to take additional courses offered elsewhere in the University.

Total 40 credits from any of the courses not completed as Core (subject to availability), or from the following suggested courses (subject to availability), or from courses offered elsewhere in the University. Possible Options include:

  • Nearshore ecology (10)
  • Remote sensing of the environment (10)
  • Principles of land survey (10)
  • Coastal Processes (10)
  • Integrated coastal management (10) 
  • Hydrographic Survey (10)
  • Catchment management (10)
  • Advanced linear models (10)
  • Introduction to R (10)
  • Scientific writing (10)
  • Freshwater Ecology (20)

Non-credited elective training courses (will incur additional fees)

  • Scientific diving 
  • Boat handling 
  • Marine mammals

The Aquatic Science MSc project (PSYS) may take one of three forms (60 credits):

  • an extended practical application task requiring extensive use of well known methods to produce a specified outcome;
  • a development project where the main purpose is to design and implement a new approach to a well understood problem;
  • a research oriented project where the main aim is to experimentation or investigation into a fundamental research question.

Projects

Industry links and employability

Entry requirements

for entry in 2014

Normally a second class Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate subject (eg Biological Science, Environmental Science, Ecology, Civil Engineering, Geography, Earth Science, Chemistry)

Applicants with industrial experience may be admitted to the PgDip in the first instance.

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20*
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59

* Please note that TOEFL has now been removed from the approved list of English tests by the Home Office and TOEFL tests taken on or after 17 April 2014 will no longer normally be accepted for UK visa applications. However, the University as an HEI can still choose to accept TOEFL tests for admission to degree level courses and so TOEFL tests can still be accepted as normal for this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2014-15 (subject to change and for guidance only)

MSc

Home and EU
Full time fee£6650
Part time 20 credits£739
International
Full time fee£17250

PgDip

Home and EU
Full time fee£4433
Part time 20 credits£739
International
Full time fee£11500

Funding opportunities

Career prospects

The combination of field, modelling and analytical skills developed by graduates is in demand across the environmental sector. Opportunities exist in government agencies (Environment Agency, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and international equivalents) in flood-risk planning, catchment management, hydrology and coastal management. Engineering consultants and contractors, ranging from small local companies to large multi-nationals, have increasing demand for environmental specialists operating in multi-disciplinary teams. Companies operating in the water sector include those delivering power generation, transport, waste management and manufacturing (large plants are increasingly managing their own water supply and waste remediation on site), and there are opportunities in local and national government and with NGOs.

How to apply

We ask that you apply online for a postgraduate taught degree. Our system allows you to fill out the standard application form online and submit this to the University within 42 days of starting your application.

You need to read the guide to applying online before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the process.

Guide to applying online

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?

Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.

Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?

No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

What essential documentation should I have available before I start my application?

As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?

Yes, where possible, please upload the supporting documents with your application.

What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?

If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.

You may send them to:

Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Fax: +44 141 330 4045

Can I email my supporting documents?

No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.

What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.

What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. 

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
  • References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.

Standard application deadlines

  • International applications (non-EU) 25 July 2014
  • UK and EU applications 29 August 2014

Classes start September 2014 for most courses and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before. 

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