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Marine Mammal Science

University of St Andrews

12 months
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24240 GBP/year
9900 GBP/year
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About

The MSc in Marine Mammal Science at the University of St Andrews prepares students for professional careers in the research and conservation of marine mammals. It is the only research-focused Masters degree in this popular subject worldwide, and is taught by leading experts at the Sea Mammal Research Unit and the Scottish Oceans Institute.

Overview

The MSc in Marine Mammal Science at the University of St Andrews is a one-year taught programme run by the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU), the only UK institution dedicated exclusively to marine mammal research, and draws on the quantitative and diverse academic expertise within the University's Scottish Oceans Institute (SOI). 

Highlights

  • Modules include intense training in quantitative techniques (for example, statistical modelling and GIS) and applied research methods, including a field course to practice survey techniques (at no additional cost).
  • Students have the exciting opportunity to conduct fieldwork and training in Antarctica as part of the optional module in polar ecology (requiring additional payment of a substantial expedition fee). See the students' Antarctic expedition blog.
  • The core curriculum is complemented by advanced optional modules in topical research areas of biologging, bioacoustics, behaviour and cognition, and population biology.
  • Stimulating, small class sizes with a focus on student-led, experiential learning.

Teaching format

The course consists of two taught semesters followed by an independent research project culminating in a 15,000-word dissertation and poster presentation. The research project takes place during the entire year with particular focus during the last three months from June to August. 

Careers

Graduates of the course have gone on to complete PhDs or work as research scientists for government agencies, industry, environmental consultancies or marine conservation organisations as well as in academic institutions worldwide.

Graduates also become part of a large and growing alumni network, with many students continuing on to become research scientists, either at St Andrews or as part of international collaborations. SMRU has held noteworthy alumni gatherings at professional conferences, and graduates stay in touch with each other using a Master course specific Facebook group.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Bioacoustics for Marine Mammal Science
  • Current Issues in Biologging
  • Current Issues in Marine Mammal Behaviour
  • Estimating Animal Abundance
  • Population Biology of Marine Mammals
  • Predator Ecology in Polar Ecosystems

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

180 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A first or upper 2.1 (Honours) undergraduate degree or equivalent in a biological science. 
  • completed Marine Mammal Science application form 2019 (Word)
  • two original signed academic references
  • academic transcripts and degree certificates
  • evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24240 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24240 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9900 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for St Andrews

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

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Funding

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