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Course Overview

This course is one of the few postgraduate courses in Europe to provide an introduction to Bayesian inference for biologists, which is increasingly used in advanced quantitative research. A combination of lectures and personal research will provide you with the core concepts necessary to understand recent research in your field and apply Bayesian approaches to your own research. Hands-on computer tutorials will also allow you to implement statistical models in a Bayesian context and provide you with the essential skills for taking it further.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 7.5 credits (3.75 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Thomas Cornulier
  • Dr Alex Douglas
  • Professor David Lusseau

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or MSci Biological Sciences
  • BI5010 Statistics for Complex Study Designs (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Week 1: Introduction to Bayesian statistics. After a refresher in probability theory and linear modelling, students are introduced to Bayes theorem, Bayesian inference, and estimation tools. Week 2-3: Bayesian implementation of models for various study designs. Students will learn to implement statistical models in the R/BUGS language and fit them to ecological data. Students will gain experience in the visualisation and validation of models and focus on their ecological interpretation. Students will start by implementing relatively simple models that they have already covered using a frequentist approach in previous statistics courses (BI5009 and BI5010) and progress to models suited to more advanced study designs.

Associated Costs


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1 online assessment via myaberdeen and 1 short essay.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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