Lighthouse research staff contribute to several undergraduate courses in Aberdeen. Undergraduate students on the Biodiversity course and students on the MSc in Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology also attend Field Courses in Cromarty, providing opportunities to visit the Field Station and learn more about our research.

Honours and taught MSc students also have the opportunity to conduct independant research projects in Cromarty.

Employers of past students include British Antarctic Survey, BP, Marine Biological Association, Oban Sea Life Centre and SEPA.

Prospective Students

Information on opportunities for studying taught courses at Aberdeen can be found on the following webpages:

In addition, post-graduate Research opportunities exist at the Lighthouse for PhD or research Masters students. These projects may be linked to our existing research or run in collaboration with overseas groups who provide local logistic support and co-supervision.

For graduates with a good degree and relevant experience, research MSc or PhD positions may be obtained in one of two ways:

  • by applying for the funded studentship places that are advertised on the Graduate School website and findaphd.com. These are advertised in the autumn for an October start date.
  • by developing your own research proposals, and approaching relevant staff who may be interested in supervising your work and helping you find financial support for the project.
  • general information about research degrees at Aberdeen can be found here.

Competition for these opportunities is intense, and most of the Field Station's previous students have obtained considerable research experience before they start their post-graduate degrees. Opportunities to gain such experience are available through taught degree programmes, or sometimes as volunteers - either within our own group or with other marine mammal or seabird research programmes around the world.

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