Research course

Algal Biotechnology Masters by Research

University of the Highlands and Islands · Science, Health and Engineering

Entry requirements

2:2 honours degree in a relevant biological or marine subject. Other qualifications will be considered, along with relevant professional experience, on an individual basis. International students whose first language is not English must also meet the language competency standards are detailed on the International page of the website.

BSc (Hons) in Marine Science and BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science

Months of entry


Course content

Algal Biotechnology is a new but rapidly expanding discipline that seeks to understand and harness the resources from one of the most diverse groups of organisms on the planet.

Algae, and their natural products, have a huge range of potential applications for humans. Developing applications include pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, biofuels, ethical cosmetics, novel enzymes, green fertilisers, green insecticides, bioremediation materials, and many more.

The aim of this programme is to produce highly motivated scientists in the sphere of Algal Biotechnology with the skills, knowledge and abilities to compete effectively within the employment market of this rapidly expanding area of research and commercial application.

Special features

  • Loans for tuition fees are available from the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
  • You will have access to the state of the art laboratory facilities at Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI in Oban
  • Teaching is delivered by active researchers in the field
  • You will benefit from an excellent staff to student ratio
  • The high level of practical components will allow you to gain direct hands on experience in this developing field.
  • On successful completion of the PgCert you will be able to progress to the MRes
  • To achieve the MRes award an extended research project and dissertation will be completed


As a fundamental part of advancing your research and employability skills, you will be given an opportunity to develop:

  • Practical laboratory and analytical skills
  • Project and financial management
  • Research writing and presentation
  • Public engagement and knowledge exchange
  • To achieve the award of Masters by Research you must complete a research project and dissertation.

This course is available at Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI, Scottish Marine Institute, Oban, PA37 1QA

How to apply

If you want to apply for this postgraduate programme click on the Apply button above which will take you to the relevant course page on our website, from there select our Apply tab to complete the online application.

If you still have any questions please get in touch with our information line by email using the links below or call on 0845 272 3600.

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Information for international students

An exciting and diverse student life awaits our international students. Choose to study in one of the larger urban centres of the region, such as Perth, Inverness or Elgin, or in one of the smaller towns or island communities, including the Western and Northern Isles.

English Language Requirements
Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The standard English Language criteria to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed on our English language requirements page

Fees and funding

UK students
In 2017/18 Masters (PgCert + 120 Credits) Scottish/EU on-site £8694, RUK £8694
International students
In 2017/18 Masters (PgCert + 120 Credits) International on-site £16578

For a comprehensive list of other funding opportunities available at the university, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website

please also see the course page for information

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

UHI Information Line
0845 272 3600