Taught course

Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology

Institution
Heriot-Watt University · School of Life Sciences
Qualifications
MScPGDip

Entry requirements

Applicants require a first or second class honours degree, or its overseas equivalent, in a numerate, scientific or design orientated discipline. Candidates holding first or second class honours degrees may under certain circumstances be admitted to the PG Diploma course. If their examination performance is satisfactory they may be recommended for transfer to MSc.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The biodiversity of the marine environment is of enormous importance to humans as a resource for food, pharmaceuticals and ecosystem services. The School's Centre for Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology (CMBB) focuses on research using traditional and newly developing molecular methods to study these important marine resources and products. The rapid loss of biodiversity both on land and in the sea makes it especially important that good knowledge is obtained to enable the appropriate management of the lesser known marine resources.

The programme covers a broad range of issues in four taught core courses enabling students to choose four other taught courses from a variety of options available within the School and elsewhere in the University's programme of MSc programmes.

CORE COURSES

Marine Conservation and Sustainability
Diversity of Marine Organisms
Marine Monitoring and Pollution Control
Marine Biotechnology

Information for international students

The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

PGDip

full time
9 months
part time
21 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations60
Written coursework / continuous assessment40
Dissertation (20000 words)

Course contact details

Name
Dr Mark Hartl
Email
pgenquiries@sls.hw.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)131 451 3456
Fax
+44 (0)131 451 3009