University of Glasgow: Quantitative Methods in Biodiversity, Conservation and Epidemiology

InstitutionUniversity of Glasgow View institution profile
Department Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
Web www.glasgow.ac.uk/
Email mvls-qmbce@glasgow.ac.uk
Telephone 0141 330 4515
Study type Taught

Summary

Today more than ever, quantitative skills form an essential basis for successful careers in ecology, conservation, and animal and human health. This Masters programme provides specific training in data collection, modelling and statistical analyses as well as generic research skills. It is offered by the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine (IBAHCM), a grouping of top researchers who focus on combining field data with computational and genetic approaches to solve applied problems in epidemiology and conservation.

**Academic contact: mvls-qmbce@glasgow.ac.uk
Admissions enquiries: www.gla.ac.uk/enquirenow
September start
MSc: 12 months full-time**

**WHY THIS PROGRAMME**

The University is ranked 1st in the UK for Animal Science.

This programme encompasses key skills in monitoring and assessing biodiversity critical for understanding the impacts of environmental change.

It covers quantitative analyses of ecological and epidemiological data critical for animal health and conservation.
You will have the opportunity to base your independent research projects at the University Field Station on Loch Lomond (for freshwater or terrestrial-based projects); Millport field station on the Isle of Cumbrae (for marine projects); or Cochno Farm and Research Centre in Glasgow (for research based on farm animals). We will also assist you to gain research project placements in zoos or environmental consulting firms whenever possible.

The uniqueness of the programme is the opportunity to gain core skills and knowledge across a wide range of subjects, which will enhance future career opportunities, including entrance into competitive PhD programmes. For example, there are identification based programmes offered elsewhere, but most others do not combine practical field skills with molecular techniques, advanced informatics for assessing biodiversity based on molecular markers, as well as advanced statistics and modelling. Other courses in epidemiology are rarely ecologically focused; the specialty in IBAHCM is understanding disease ecology, in the context of both animal conservation and implications for human public health.

You will be taught by research-active staff using the latest approaches in quantitative methods, sequence analysis, and practical approaches to assessing biodiversity, and you will have opportunities to actively participate in internationally recognised research. Some examples of recent publications lead by students in the programme:
- Blackburn, S., Hopcraft, J. G. C., Ogutu, J. O., Matthiopoulos, J. and Frank, L. (2016), Human-wildlife conflict, benefit sharing and the survival of lions in pastoralist community-based conservancies. J Appl Ecol. doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12632.

- Rysava, K., McGill, R. A. R., Matthiopoulos, J., and Hopcraft, J. G. C. (2016) Re-constructing nutritional history of Serengeti wildebeest from stable isotopes in tail hair: seasonal starvation patterns in an obligate grazer. Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom., 30:1461-1468. doi: 10.1002/rcm.7572.

**PROGRAMME STRUCTURE**

The programme provides a strong grounding in scientific writing and communication, statistical analysis, and experimental design.
You can choose from a range of specialised options that encompass key skills in
- monitoring and assessing biodiversity.

- quantitative analyses of ecological and epidemiological data .

- ethics and legislative policy.

A total of 180 credits are required, with 50 flexible credits in the second term.
**See the accompanying detailed course descriptions found in the IBAHCM Masters Programme Overview:** www.gla.ac.uk/media/media544067en.pdf

**Programme alteration or discontinuation**
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.
www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/senateoffice/studentcontract/

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