The course is designed as a source for national expertise in aquatic conservation, partly in response to the need for effective management and mitigation of conservation stemming from increased development of wet renewable energy sources (e.g. hydroelectric, tidal, and wave energy) in the UK and elsewhere. Year one will provide a fundamental understanding of biodiversity and its conservation. The second year introduces the functional aspect of marine and freshwater ecosystems whilst the third year will focus on anthropogenic threats to ecosystems processes in these habitats and on the strategies to manage and mitigate such threats. This programme will have a year long placement between years two and three.