Marine Mammal Science at University of St Andrews - UCAS

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Course summary

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


Compulsory modules: 1. Conservation and Management of Marine Mammals 2. Principles of Marine Mammal Biology 3. Mathematical and Statistical Modelling for Biologists Optional modules: Students choose three optional modules in Semester 2. Optional modules are subject to change each year and require a minimum number of five participants to be offered; some may only allow limited numbers of students (see the University’s position on curriculum development). Here is a sample of optional modules that may be offered. 1. Advanced Bioacoustics for Marine Mammal Science 2. Current Issues in Biologging 3. Current Issues in Marine Mammal Behaviour 4. Estimating Animal Abundance and Biodiversity 5. Population Biology 5. Predator Ecology in Polar Ecosystems - Antarctica Research project: Throughout the academic year, students complete a research project which will culminate in a written dissertation and presentation of a poster at the MSc student conference. Projects may involve some fieldwork but will be primarily focused on the analysis of existing data. Projects will be supervised by SMRU staff but may be carried out with joint supervision from staff in other institutions. Students can choose from a range of projects suggested by supervisors and also take an active role in designing their own project plan.  If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MSc, there are exit awards available that allow suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MSc.

Entry requirements

- A first or upper 2.1 (Honours) undergraduate degree or equivalent in a biological science. Other scientific, engineering or mathematics degrees may be acceptable. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the University's international entry requirements. - Training in advanced mathematics and statistics (at least to UK school SQA Higher, GCE AS or A-Level, International Baccalaureate or equivalent). - Very good baseline IT skills including word-processing, spreadsheet use, email and internet. - relevant field or lab experience from previous employment, project or volunteer work - further IT skills, e.g. programming, database software and statistical packages for analysing (such as MATLAB, SPSS, SAS or R) - dedicated calculus or statistics modules at university level.

English language requirements

For the current English Language requirements please visit the English language requirements for postgraduate students on the University of St Andrews website.

English language requirements for postgraduate students

Fees and funding

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Sponsorship information

Carnegie-Cameron bursaries; entrant accommodation bursary; Formula Santander postgraduate scholarship; recent graduate discount; Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust bursary.

Marine Mammal Science at University of St Andrews - UCAS