MRes 12 months full-time
MSc 12 months full-time
PgDip 9 months full-time
The ecosystem-based management paradigm has been introduced to meet new challenges in marine resource management but there is not yet a universal consensus on how it can best be applied. This one-year programme will equip students with the knowledge and tools needed to meet this challenge and find new solutions to manage our marine natural resources. This interdisciplinary course offers a unique curriculum allowing you to gain both theoretical and practical experience. The course places equal emphasis on developing your biological and quantitative toolkits so that you can understand biological and ecological processes, learn new analytical techniques and understand how to apply those to manage natural resources.
We have world-class facilities to support field research in marine ecology including several field stations (Oceanlab, Cromarty Lighthouse) and research can be carried out in partnership with professional agencies such as the Marine Scotland-Science, SNH and JNCC.
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College of Life Sciences & Medicine
The course places an emphasis on equally developing both your biological and quantitative toolkits. Understanding biological and ecological processes, learn new analytical techniques, and understand how to apply those to manage natural resources. The year is composed of a series of three-or six-week modules including both compulsory courses;
and up to five optional courses from;
Oral and written coursework and the thesis (MRes/MSc) or dissertation/report (Diploma).
Academic expertise is drawn mainly from the School of Biological Sciences. A strong component of the course involves direct interactions with staff from Marine Scotland-Science, as well as Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), along with professionals from NGO’s and the private sectors representing consulting firms and fishing interests. Student debates and group working are an integral part of coursework enhancing communication and teamwork skills and allowing students to explore the issues surrounding Ecosystem-based Management.
The program is designed to develop a wide range of transferrable skills as well as the subject specific skills and knowledge. The program will prepare students for undertaking a PhD in marine science. Non-academic career prospects include fisheries management, marine resources management, environmental assessment, marine renewables sector, environmental consultancy, spatial planning and research in marine ecology.
Graduates from previous courses have gone on to work for many organisations including British Antarctic Survey, Marine Scotland Science, JNCC, BBC.
An Honours Degree (at least Lower Second) or equivalent qualification in a biological discipline. Candidates with Honours Degrees in other subject areas (e.g. Oceanography, Mathematics, Geography, Economics) will be considered if they can show supporting qualifications or aptitude at a sufficiently advanced level in a biological subject.
International applicants must also meet the English Language Requirements of the University.
Full Fees and 1 year stipend (£725/month for 12 months) awarded mid July. http://www.abdn.ac.uk/environment-food-security/marcrf/funding-opportunities/stipend-for-mres/
Full Fees Payment is awarded to 1 MSc/MRes student on academic merit
£1000 bursaries, 3 awarded each year on a competitive bases. 1 page description of student research project which is due mid Nov and the award is made in 2nd semester.
Other funding opportunities can be located in the University funding Database
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