Wetland Science for Pollution Control MSc


Course facts

  • Name: Wetland Science for Pollution Control
  • Qualification: MSc
  • Duration: 1 year full-time

This taught one-year course will give students a thorough understanding of all aspects of wetland science required for understanding, design and construction of treatment wetlands for pollution control. Students will learn the theoretical and practical skills needed in the application of a range of treatment wetlands for pollution control and water management. Field and laboratory work will also cover the latest techniques in environmental analysis needed for contemporary wetland monitoring and experimentation.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Course Content

Taught wetland modules include:

  • Wetland classes and biodiversity
  • Wetland hydrology and biogeochemistry
  • Wetland Ecosystem Services
  • International wetland field trip
  • Constructed treatment wetlands

Instrumental and environmental analysis: alongside the theoretical and practical design skills needed for the building of constructed treatment wetlands students on this course will learn a variety of instrumental analysis techniques. These will be tailored for constructed wetland engineers and biogeochemists interested in environmental analysis and suitable for 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)
  • Modelling for the design of treatment wetlands

Constructed treatment wetland 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.

There is the possibility of working alongside a constructed wetland consultancy partner for part of the project.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Wetland Science for Pollution Control Modules page.

Entry Requirements

Academic criteria: BSc degree grade equivalent UK 2(ii) or above in a relevant biological sciences subject. Students aged 25 or older with sufficient relevant work/academic experience.

English language criteria: Students must provide documented verification of IELTS (or equivalent qualification) level 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) or greater.

International Students

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

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How to Apply

Home/EU students

Home/EU students: apply online yourself with the help of our Guidance Notes on online application for Home/EU students. We strongly recommend you read these before you start to apply online.

Apply online

Once you have read the Guidance Notes you should apply using our Online Application form.

Need help applying? Home/EU students please contact:

Postgraduate Admissions: postgraduate@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717.

International students

  • Agents: if you are an agent applying on behalf of the student, then you can Apply here.  For further guidance click here

Need help applying? International students please contact:

International Education Office: international@bangor.ac.uk or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

When to apply

The University will accept applications throughout the year, but we would generally advise that you send in your application form by the end of June to ensure that you have time to make any funding and/or accommodation arrangements, and for documents such as transcripts and references to be obtained if not submitted with the application. This will also give you more time to meet any conditions we may potentially attach to an offer.

Careers and Employability

Students choosing this MSc will enjoy a modular course that will teach both the practical and theoretical aspects of wetland science in order to create an understanding of the requirements of wetland systems designed for pollution control. Participants will be highly qualified to engage in the rapidly developing wetland construction industry. 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 constructed wetlands, water and wetland management, soil science, water treatment and quality, conservation and environmental consultancy.

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