University of Aberdeen: Ecology and Conservation

InstitutionUniversity of Aberdeen View institution profile
Department School of Biological Sciences View department profile
Web https://www.abdn.ac.uk/sbs
Email pgadmissions@abdn.ac.uk
Telephone 01224 272090
Study type Taught

Summary

This programme is designed to equip you with a range of contemporary ecological and transferable skills that will provide an invaluable basis for your career. Our MSc programme provides flexibility to enable you to gain knowledge and skills to meet your career aspirations, whether in research or as a practising ecologist. The programme runs through a full year, starting with a field course and culminating in a major research project. You will have the opportunity to gain hands on experience of everything from field survey to chairing discussions, from statistics and modelling to report writing and from identifying important ecological questions to researching them and writing a scientific paper. Previous graduates have gone on to the top of their chosen profession in research, consultancy, conservation, policy, education and advocacy.

You will get to know your peers at the outset on a week-long field research skills course held at our field centre in the stunning surroundings of Bettyhill on the north coast of Sutherland. This is followed by core training in plant community ecology, animal population ecology, GIS and experimental design and analysis (which includes use of R). Thereafter, you select from our broad palette of courses. Students wishing to gain research training may take advantage of our renowned advanced statistics course and join our informal ecology research group seminars throughout the year. Those interested in applied ecology may choose to study catchment management, marine spatial management and conservation management planning, amongst others. A key course for those aiming to work in consultancy is Environmental Impact Assessment. The opportunity to place your ecological study in a broader, interdisciplinary context is provided through a very popular course on ecology, conservation and society.

In the final semester you will all complete a research project which enables you to develop expertise and contacts in a topic of your own choosing. Preparation may begin as early in the year as you like, as you discuss ideas with staff and external organisations.

MSc

University of Aberdeen
School of Biological Sciences



Nature on our doorstep
Since 1495, the University of Aberdeen has offered life enhancing opportunities for all of our students.  We were named Scottish University of the Year in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and ranked number 3 in Scotland for Life Sciences – which includes biological sciences - in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019.

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 ...

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