Our MSc programme provides flexibility to enable you to gain knowledge and skills to meet your career aspirations, whether in research or as a practicing 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.
COURSES Semester 1 Experimental Design and Analysis Introduction to GIS Plant Ecology Population and Community Ecology
Optional Courses Statistics for Complex Study Designs Introduction to Ecological Field Research in Northern Scotland Molecular Ecological Techniques Soils for Food Security Aquaculture Introduction to Bayesian Inference
Semester 2 Compulsory Research Project Planning Optional Environmental Impact Assessment Spatial Information Analysis Marine Spatial Management and Top Predators Readings in Ecology, Conservation and Environment Ecology, Conservation and Society Catchment Management Environmental Management Plan Applied Forest Ecology Advanced Modelling for Ecology and Conservation
Ecological Consultant at Environmental Resources Management
“ERM are a global consultancy with a good reputation….. Within the ecology team, they were aware of the Aberdeen MSc Ecology course and knew that it was comprehensive and intensive. I would not have got the job without my MSc.”
Assistant Professor of Population Ecology, Cornell University USA
"My education at Aberdeen, specifically the excellent quantitative training, has completely shaped my career. Ecology and environmental sciences in general is becoming increasingly quantitative. I think MSc teaching at Aberdeen is ahead of this curve."
Greenspace Officer at Dundee City Council
“My MSc helped open doors to environmental jobs that I would not have been offered otherwise. I loved every moment of the MSc…. I particularly liked the opportunities to develop my communication skills and to learn GIS, which I use often in my current job. My confidence in my own abilities improved greatly through studying this course at Aberdeen.”
SAAS Tuition fee and living cost loans
Postgraduate tuition fee loan The funding available is a loan to help you pay all or some of your tuition fees up to a maximum of £3,400 for full-time courses, and up to £1,700 for part-time courses. If you choose to take out a loan to pay all or some of the fees, you will do so on the same terms as a student loan for living costs. If you withdraw from your course, you may not be eligible for a loan to help with the cost of your fees. However, your university may still charge you fees for the time you have been on the course.Postgraduate living cost loan Eligible full-time postgraduate students can apply to us for a living-cost loan up to £4,500. To be eligible for the living-cost loan, in addition to meeting our eligibility conditions above, you must: •be under 50 on the first day of the first academic year of your course of education (the relevant date); or •Be aged 50 to 54 on the relevant date and plan to return to employment after completing your course If you change course and are aged 55 or over on the relevant date of your new course, regardless of which year you enter your new course, you will not be entitled to a living-cost loan for your new course. The living-cost loan is not available to part-time postgraduate students.
Value of Scholarship(s)
£3,400 + £4,500
UK and EU students must have been ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, the EU or Switzerland for the three years immediately before the first day of the first academic year of the course (the relevant date, usually 1 August). You must also be ordinarily resident in Scotland on the relevant date. If you are not a UK or other EU national, you must also have ‘settled status’ in the UK (as set out in the Immigration Act 1971) on the relevant date. If you have not been living in the UK, you may still qualify depending on your circumstances.