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Ecology and Conservation, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #194 (QS) ,
Ecology and Conservation programme a University of Aberdeen is designed to equip you with a range of contemporary ecological and transferable skills that will provide an invaluable basis for your career.

About

Ecology and Conservation programme a University of Aberdeen provides flexibility to enable you to gain knowledge and skills to meet your career aspirations, whether in research or as a practising ecologist. The programme runs through a full year, starting with a field course and culminating in a major research project. You will have the opportunity to gain hands on experience of everything from field survey to chairing discussions, from statistics and modelling to report writing and from identifying important ecological questions to researching them and writing a scientific paper. Previous graduates have gone on to the top of their chosen profession in research, consultancy, conservation, policy, education and advocacy.

You will get to know your peers at the outset on a week-long field research skills course held at our field centre in the stunning surroundings of Bettyhill on the north coast of Sutherland. This is followed by core training in plant community ecology, animal population ecology, GIS and experimental design and analysis (which includes use of R). Thereafter, you select from our broad palette of courses. Students wishing to gain research training may take advantage of our renowned suite of advanced statistical and modelling courses, which focus on techniques used in ecology and conservation. Those interested in applied ecology may choose to study catchment management, marine spatial management and conservation management planning, amongst others. A key course for those aiming to work in consultancy is Environmental Impact Assessment. The opportunity to place your ecological study in a broader, interdisciplinary context is provided through very popular courses on ecology, conservation and society.

In the final semester you will all complete a research project which enables you to develop expertise and contacts in a topic of your own choosing. Preparation may begin as early in the year as you like, as you discuss ideas with staff and external organisations.

Career

The programme focuses on providing training in state-of-the-art methods that will be invaluable both for careers in academic research and outside of academia, for example in ecological or environmental consultancy. The UK’s Natural Environment Research Council has published an analysis of the “most wanted” postgraduate and professional skills in the ecological and environmental sector. Our MSc programme has been specifically designed to provide you with these sought after skills so that you are highly competitive in whatever career you choose to follow.

In addition to acquiring discipline-specific skills, the course work activities within our programme are designed to provide you with ample opportunity to develop generic skills required by employers including critical thinking, problem-solving, team work, written and oral presentation, time management and interdisciplinarity.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Experimental Design and Analyses 
  • Plant Ecology 
  • Population Ecology 

      Detailed Programme Facts

      • Programme intensity

        You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

        Full-time
        • Full-time duration 12 months
        Part-time
        • Average part-time duration 24 months
        • Intensity Flexible
      • Languages
        • English
      • Delivery mode
        On Campus

      English Language Requirements

      • Minimum required score:

        6.5

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      • Minimum required score:

        90

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      • Minimum required score:

        64

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      Academic Requirements

      You need the following GPA score:

      Required score: Upper Second Class

      Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

      Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

      General Requirements

      Qualifications

      The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

      • A UK 2:1 honours degree (or international equivalent), in a biological, environmental or physical science, geography, or other relevant subject; applicants with a 2ii (or equivalent), particularly with some relevant experience, may also be considered. We also consider individuals with degrees in a wider range of disciplines who are clearly motivated by the programme and have some relevant experience.

      Tuition Fee

      • International

        17900 GBP/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 17900 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
      • EU/EEA

        8300 GBP/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 8300 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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      Living costs for Aberdeen

      • 729 - 1070 GBP/month
        Living Costs

      The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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