Taught course

Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology

University of Aberdeen · School of Biological Sciences

Entry requirements

An Honours Degree (at least Lower Second) or equivalent qualification in a biological discipline. Candidates with Honours Degrees in other subject areas (e.g. Oceanography, Mathematics, Geography, Economics) will be considered if they can show supporting qualifications or aptitude at a sufficiently advanced level in a biological subject. International applicants must also meet the English Language Requirements of the University. All candidates must have taken at least one substantial course in ecology at undergraduate level. (These requirements may be modified in individual cases on consideration of a special application)

Months of entry


Course content

The ecosystem-based management paradigm has been introduced to meet new challenges in marine resource management but there is not yet a universal consensus on how it can best be applied. This one-year programme will equip students with the knowledge and tools needed to meet this challenge and find new solutions to manage our marine natural resources. This interdisciplinary course offers a unique curriculum allowing you to gain both theoretical and practical experience. The course places equal emphasis on developing your biological and quantitative toolkits so that you can understand biological and ecological processes, learn new analytical techniques and understand how to apply those to manage natural resources.

We have world-class facilities to support field research in marine ecology including several field stations (Oceanlab, Cromarty Lighthouse) and research can be carried out in partnership with professional agencies such as the Marine Scotland-Science, SNH and JNCC.

Please note this is a taught degree or a research degree

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
12 months


full time
9 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations17
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation33 (5000 words)

Course contact details

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