Quantitative Methods in Biodiversity, Conservation and Epidemiology
At least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Professional experience and 2:2 applicants with a strong subject specific expertise may also be considered.
In your application, please submit a personal statement (200-300 words) outlining why you want to study this programme in particular and what you hope to get out of it. Please explicitly explain why you have chosen a programme with a focus on developing quantitative skills, such as statistical analysis, modelling and computer programming.
Months of entry
Quantitative skills are more in demand that ever, forming 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.
- Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting, in part, the academic and experience requirement for the Membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).
- Encompasses key skills in monitoring and assessing biodiversity critical for understanding the impacts of TOP 100 UNIVERSITYenvironmental change.
- Covers quantitative analyses of ecological and epidemiological data critical for animal health and conservation.
- 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.
- Combines advanced statistics and modelling with opportunities to gain practical field skills, expertise in molecular techniques or bioinformatics tools for assessing biodiversity.
- Understand disease ecology, in the context of wildlife, animal health and implications for human public health.
- Base your independent research project at either 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).
- 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.
- A unique strength is strong ties between veterinarians and ecologists, which has now been formalised in the formation of the IBAHCM. This direct linking is rare but offers unique opportunities to provide training that spans both fundamental and applied research.
Information for international students
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
- 6.5 with no subtests under 6.0.
- Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time12 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Admissions