Taught course

Marine Mammal Science

Institution
University of St Andrews · School of Biology
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

A minimum of a UK 2:1 honours degree or equivalent is required.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The MSc in Marine Mammal Science prepares students for a professional career in the research and conservation of marine mammals. It is the only research-focused Masters degree in this popular subject worldwide, and is taught by leading experts at the Sea Mammal Research Unit and the Scottish Oceans Institute.

Course Highlights

  • Modules include intense training in quantitative techniques (for example, statistics and GIS) and applied research methods, including a field course to practice survey techniques (at no additional cost).
  • Students have the exciting opportunity to conduct field work and training in Antarctica as part of the optional module in polar ecology (requiring additional payment of a substantial expedition fee). See the students' Antarctic expedition blog.
  • The core curriculum is complemented by advanced optional modules in topical research areas of biologging, bioacoustics, behaviour and cognition, and population biology.
  • Stimulating, small class sizes with a focus on student-led, experiential learning.

Teaching format

The MSc in Marine Mammal Science is a one-year taught programme run by the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU), the only UK institution dedicated exclusively to marine mammal research, and draws on the quantitative and diverse academic expertise within the University's Scottish Oceans Institute (SOI).

The course consists of two taught semesters followed by an independent research project culminating in a 15,000-word dissertation and poster presentation. The research project takes place during the entire year with particular focus during the last three months from June to August.

Teaching takes the form of lectures, seminars, debates, workshops and tutorials. Practicals involve lab work, field work, modelling and computer-based data analysis. Assessment comprises coursework and end-of semester written examinations. Class sizes range from 5 to 20 students, depending on the module.

Information for international students

A minimum of IELTS 7.0 is required.

Fees and funding

UK students
£8400
International students
£20370

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/pg/fees-and-funding/

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Secretary
Email
pgtaughtbiology@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 1334 463441