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School of Geography

Fully funded MSc in Environmental Science by Research


Impacts of Water Injection Dredging on Water Quality

Queen Mary University of London - School of Geography and HR Wallingford

The School of Geography Queen Mary University of London is seeking to appoint one fully funded MSc Environmental Science by Research in Environmental Science studentship commencing September 2012 or as soon as possible thereafter. The School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London is internationally recognized as a centre of research excellence and was ranked joint 1st amongst UK Geography departments in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

Project outline
Water injection dredging (WID) involves the injection of large volumes of water under low pressure into bottom sediment in situ, breaking the cohesive forces that bind fine sediment and allowing sediment to move under the influence of gravity and/or tidal and river flows. This is an effective and economically attractive dredging technique and since April 2011 it has become a licensable activity under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009. Therefore, there is an urgent need to improve our understanding of the potential environmental impacts of this technique.

The successful applicant will register for the MSc Environmental Science by Research and take taught modules in Aquatic Systems, Data Analysis and Biogeochemistry. The aims of their extended dissertation will be; 1) to produce a literature review on the scientific and technical approaches to predicting release of contaminants/ pollutants from sediments to the water column during WID and 2) to carry out a monitoring exercise assessing changes to water quality during dredging activities.

The Award
The full time studentship will be funded by HR Wallingford and comprises the full cost of fees and a bursary of £15000 (approx) for 1 year. The successful candidate will also receive training support from the School of Geography to help with field work, equipment and other costs associated with their research.

Candidate Profile
The candidate should have;

  • A first class or upper second class honours degree in Environmental/Earth Science, Geography, Chemistry or a cognate discipline. 
  • Knowledge of environmental chemistry or pollution (essential) and coastal, marine or aquatic environments (desirable).
  • Experience of practical work in the field and/or laboratory. 
  • Quantitative skills (e.g. statistics). 
  • Ability to be self-motivated and well-organized, to deliver to deadlines and to respond to constructive criticism. 
  • Willingness to take a full part in the QMUL postgraduate community, and the
research activities in the School of Geography at QMUL.

This studentship is open to suitable qualified candidates from the EU. If you are unsure about your eligibility please contact our Postgraduate Administrator Jennifer Murray ( before application.

Application Deadline
The closing date for applications is 5 pm Tuesday 28th August 2012.  Applicants should be available for interview on September 10th 2012.

How to Apply

Step 1. Candidates should complete an official QMUL College Application form and submit it directly to College. The form may be completed on-line or as a paper based application. Forms are available here: (select taught postgraduate programmes, MSc Environmental Science by Research full time application). Please ensure you complete the correct form. Only applications for full-time study will be considered.

Step 2. For your application to be processed you must attach the following additional materials:

  • Degree transcripts 
  • Two references from your previous academic institution(s) (on headed paper). If you
have left university it is acceptable to provide one academic and one employer
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)/ Resume 
  • Statement of Purpose (1000 words) which should explain why you are interested in undertaking the programme and what experience and skills you would bring to the post. The statement should also include details about previous experience and training and anything else that you feel is relevant.

Step 3. Submit your documents and inform the School of your submission. Submit your application either on-line or as a paper version to: The Admissions and Recruitment Office, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, United Kingdom. When you have submitted your application to College, please let our Postgraduate Administrator Jennifer Murray ( know that you have done so. This enables the School to keep a close eye on your application.

Further Details
For further details about the School please visit To discuss the project informally contact Dr Kate Spencer (