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Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

This course provides an introduction to core concepts in marine biology, ecology and ecosystem management. It provides an understanding of ecological drivers, both biological and physical, in the marine environment and an introduction to fisheries biology and management. The course offers a unique curriculum allowing you to gain both theoretical and practical experience with hands on labs, essay writing, group presentation and debating skills.  This interdisciplinary course is taught by a range of researchers both in academia and in the front line of implementation by people from Marine Scotland Science, Scottish Natural Heritage and Joint Nature Conservation Committee. 

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 7.5 credits (3.75 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Beth Scott

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • One of MRes Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology or MSc Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology or MSci Biological Sciences
  • Either Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or BI4015 Grant Proposal (Passed)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Key concepts covered:

- Ecosystem Based Management

- Oceanographic principles

- Introduction to fisheries biology and management

- Ecological drivers in the marine environment

- Marine ecosystem functions

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MRes Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology
  • MSc Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology

Contact Teaching Time

52 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


The module will be assessed based on a 1) group presentation (40 %), 2) an individual 2 page summary (40%) and 3) debating skills and background preparation during the student-lead discussion (individual work 20%) on either the Advantages or Disadvantages of Ecosystem Based Management.

Formative Assessment




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