Research course

Marine Science

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

Entry requirements

Normally First class or 2:1 honours degree from UK university or equivalent, or approved research experience. We may also consider others with a master’s degree. Other requirements may be in place such as evidence of your spoken and written English with IELTS minimum scoring of 6.5 or equivalent.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Marine environment research is the focus for the Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI (SAMS UHI), based in Oban, where 90% of research was judged to be 'internationally recognised' in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). SAMS UHI scientists are working on a range of projects within four departments: ecology; biogeochemistry and earth science; microbial and molecular; physics, sea ice and technology.

The Rivers and Lochs Institute, based at Inverness College UHI, the institute works to develop integrated, multidisciplinary research projects to more rapidly advance understanding of Scottish freshwater ecosystem and to research the nature and extent of freshwater biodiversity in lochs and rivers in Scotland. Working with local rivers trusts, fisheries boards, landowners, industry and the public sector.

The Environmental Research Institute (ERI), based at North Highland College UHI in Thurso, marine environmental issues and sustainable use of the earth's natural resources. ERI's research includes: renewable energy - it's impacts on the marine environment; Tidal resource & wave climate assessment; ecology; emerging contaminants; tidal stream monitoring and modelling; Currents, sedimentation and associated ecological change.

NAFC Marine Centre UHI is conducting research in fisheries science to contribute to the assessment, management and sustainable harvesting of important marine species, commercially important finfish and shellfish species. Marine Planning, Policy and Advice Section is relevant to how resources are utilised within regulatory frameworks and environmental impacts. The centre is the site and lead partner in the collaborative mussel hatchery project "Stepping Stone".

Our REF results are available here

Our Research Centres are listed here

Department specialisms

Marine geology: palaeoclimates in marine sediments; Microbial ecology; Physical oceanography. Ecology Biogeochemistry Arctic systems Impacts of renewable energy

Information for international students

UHI is emphatically a student-centred institution where research departments and support services ensure that international students are well integrated academically and socially. International students must have IELTS: 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
In 2016/17 Full-time UK/EU science and arts subjects £4121, Non-EU arts £11490, Non-EU science £14445. Other fees may be levied.
International students
In 2016/17 Full-time UK/EU science and arts subjects £4121, Non-EU arts £11490, Non-EU science £14445. Other fees may be levied.

Either by application for Research Council studentships and internally-funded studentships or self-funding.

Please see the University Funding web site here

For fee information please see this web page

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Information Line
0845 272 3600