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Marine Conservation MSc

University of Aberdeen · School of Biological Sciences

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If you want to be involved in marine conservation there are a growing number of public sector, charities and other organisations which have been set up to improve and conserve sea life.
Marine Conservation is run in collaboration with conservation management organisations to give you the knowledge and skills to understand the threats to marine life and eco systems. You also learn GIS and marine planning in a growing area of environmental need and understanding within the marine environment. You are ideally situated to learn about marine life with examples on the coast, Moray Firth and Islands.

Industry Links and Careers

The University work with a number of organisations such as Marine Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and research institutions all over the world to develop the right skills required by employers. You can work as an Environmental Consultant, Marine Conservation Adviser, Marine Policy Officer, Postgraduate Researcher, Marine Manager and more.

Courses include: Mraine Ecology and Ecosystem Management, Fish Biology and Conservation, Experimental Design and Analyses, Population Ecology, Introduction to GIS, Marine Conservation Management, Field Trip (Cromarty), Aquaculture, Statistics for Complex Study Designs, Molecular Ecological Techniques, Introduction to Bayesian Inference, Readings in Ecology Conservation and Environment, Research Project Planning, Marine Conservation Management, Marine Spatial Management, Advanced Modelling for Ecology and Conservation, Catchment Management, Ecology Conservation and Society, Spatial Information Analysis, Sustainable Management of Marine Resources and your research project. (some of these courses are optional)

Why Study at Aberdeen?

  • Aberdeen is an excellent place to study field work at the field stations in Aberdeenshire and Highland whilst enjoying the stunning scenery in areas such as the Cromarty Firth, Moray Firth, Oceanlab, Ythan Estuary, Bettyhill and Eynehallow in Orkney.
  • You have access to labs that monitor water quality, fish health and fisheries and tours of Marine Scotland vessels.

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  • Start Date – September
  • elivery – Campus
  • Study Options – Full Time
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full time
12 months

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