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University of Aberdeen: School of Biological Sciences
University of Aberdeen
School of Biological Sciences
Nature on our doorstep
At the School of Biological Sciences, we are recognised internationally for our expertise in zoology, marine biology, plant and soil science, physiology, ecology and conservation. This is because our teaching is delivered by world-class experts and because we make the most of our fantastic location. To the west of Aberdeen is the UK’s largest national park and to the east and north there are diverse natural marine habitats.
Our programmes are cutting-edge and forward looking enhanced by significant contributions from staff of leading research laboratories located in Aberdeen, such as Marine Scotland Science and the James Hutton Institute. We consistently achieve high levels of student satisfaction and our graduates are highly sought after by employers.
Facilities and Environment
Our state-of the-art laboratory, analytical and research facilities on campus - including recent major investment in glasshouses, fish aquariums and a high-performance computing cluster - are geared towards the needs of our students and we are equally proud of our dedicated Zoology Museum and beautiful Cruickshank Botanic Garden. We also have our own field station in Cromarty where students gain valuable practical experience.
Nature is on our doorstep so our strengths are built around our location which gives unrivalled access to habitats that include mountain plateaus, semi-natural pine forests, heather moorlands, freshwater habitats of ecological and commercial significance, productive farmlands, lowland forestry, productive seas and designated marine habitats, all supporting populations of iconic status and conservation value. This co-exists alongside the oil, gas and renewable energy industries, the aquaculture sector, intensive agriculture, a major fishing industry and a vibrant urban landscape. The lessons learned in these environments, through understanding the pressures, threats and changes, equips us to have a credible global perspective.
We have a world-leading reputation for pure and applied research in ecology, evolution, environmental science and ecophysiology. Our research spans from gene to global scales, from the poles to the tropics, mountains to deep sea and across a broad taxonomic spectrum of plants, animals and microorganisms.
The School offers a suite of specialist taught Master’s degrees that draw on our local partnerships to deliver world class research-led teaching. Programmes are delivered on campus on a one year full-time or two year part-time basis, starting in September. Teaching is enriched by field-based activities, crucial for developing the best environmental scientists.
MSc Environmental Science (also available as an MRes option)
MSc Soil Science (also available as an MRes option)
Accreditations and Rankings
We are proud to be ranked 2nd in Scotland, 11th in the UK and 81st globally for Environment/Ecology in the US News & World Report of Best Global Universities Rankings 2021. We are also ranked 2nd in Scotland, 8th in the UK and 78th globally for Life Sciences in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject 2021.
Our MSc Environmental Science and MSc Environmental Management programmes are accredited by IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment).
We offer outstanding opportunities for PhD training in a wide variety of biological research areas including fully funded studentships through our QUADRAT Doctoral Training Partnership, (DTP).
We are also a partner in the NERC SUPER-DTP and the BBSRC-DTP EastBio. We have initiatives with Marine Scotland Science (MarCRF) and co-lead a Centre for Doctoral Training in Decommissioning. The School also encourages applications from students with their own funding source.
The School of Biological Sciences comprises of several buildings immediately adjacent to the Cruickshank Botanic Garden in historic King’s College Campus near the centre of Aberdeen, plus our field station on the Cromarty Firth.
Nature really is on our doorstep, so please do come and join us.
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