University of Aberdeen: Ecology and Conservation
|Institution||University of Aberdeen View institution profile|
|Department||School of Biological Sciences View department profile|
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.
|Level||SCQF Level 11|
A UK 2:1 honours degree (or international equivalent), in a biological, environmental or physical science, geography, or other relevant subject; applicants with a 2:2 (or equivalent), particularly with some relevant experience, may also be considered. We also consider individuals with degrees in a wider range of disciplines who are clearly motivated by the programme and have some relevant experience.
|EU||10000 GBP for Year 1|
|England||10000 GBP for Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||10000 GBP for Year 1|
|Scotland||10000 GBP for Year 1|
|Wales||10000 GBP for Year 1|
|Channel Islands||10000 GBP for Year 1|
|International||21000 GBP for Year 1|
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, …View Profile
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