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Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

Field visits to examine river systems and forested catchments provide context and opportunities to discuss a diverse set of environmental management problems with professionals working in the field.

Practical sessions provide structured activities focused on the identification of freshwater invertebrates and applications of GIS approaches for analysing data to support catchment management planning.

You apply theoretical and practical knowledge to a case study, demonstrating your capacity to evaluate site specific data and to interpret relevant legislation and regulation.

Working individually and with a group you will write and present a management plan for a location of your choosing.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Vasilis Louca
  • Dr Louise Page

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of MRes Environmental Science or MRes Soil Science or MSc Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology or Master Of Science In Ecology & Conservation or Master Of Science In Environmental And Forest Management or MSc Soil Science or MSc Environmental Science or MSci Biological Sciences or BSc Environmental Science
  • One of Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or MSci Biological Sciences or BSc Environmental Science

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • EK5703 Freshwater Ecology (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Catchment management aims to provide a framework for identifying and analysing the major environmental, social, economic, cultural and land-use changes impacting catchment and whole ecosystem areas. It will also examine relevant national and international legislation. This course will also use a series of case studies to highlight the specific concepts and applications and students will be exposed to a number of ecosystem management activities in practice across the whole of N-E Scotland.   Topics covered in the course will include:  physical and chemical characteristics of freshwater and river systems; the role of forests and forest management in soil conservation and catchment management; hydrological models and their applications; GIS applications to ecosystem management; legislation relating to catchment and ecosystem conservation and management; and, management applications: afforestation, constructed wetlands and dam removal.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Management plan; reflective report; practical problem sets; practical test

Resit assessment: As described in the MSc programme handbook

Formative Assessment

A range of formative exercises will be available throughout the course.


Timely feedback will be provided on both formative and summative assessments.

Course Learning Outcomes


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