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Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

In this 7-day excursion to the Bettyhill Field Station in the North of Scotland, Masters students will be introduced to a variety of ecosystems and will learn to develop and assess hypotheses about the ecological patterns and processes that we encounter, using a range of ecological sampling techniques. We will also identify ecological sampling techniques used to address local conservation issues, and students will have the opportunity to develop and carry out a small-scale independent research project.

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 Lesley Lancaster
  • Dr Julien Martin

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of MRes Ecology & Environmental Sustainability (Studied) or MSc Ecology & Environmental Sustainability (Studied) or Master Of Science In Ecology & Conservation (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

Day 1: Travel and introduction to Scottish ecosystems
Days 2-4: Team field research projects in a wide variety of habitat types and ecological systems, followed by daily synthesis sessions in the lab to discuss the methods used and results obtained from the day's activities.
Days 5-6: Independent field research projects.
Day 7: Project synthesis and short presentations.
Day 8: Travel

Associated Costs

Students must be able to bring a set of sheets and some suitable clothes for the field (waterproof windbreaker, trousers, and boots). This is only a cost if they don't own these things already.

Students are also are responsible for purchasing their own groceries for the trip. All other costs, including equipment, transport, and lodging is covered by the University.


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Field Notebook (50%) and Presentation (50%)

Resit: Research report style project.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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