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Ecology and Conservation MSc

Course Description

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.

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
Introduction to Bayesian Inference

Semester 2
Research Project Planning
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

Semester 3
Project in Ecology

Visit the Ecology and Conservation MSc page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Aisling Connolly

4155.png 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.”

(Student Profile)

Chris Sutherland

4158.png 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."

(Student Profile)

Nicole Pearson

4160.png 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 - 20+ Awards

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.

Application Procedure

see http://www.saas.gov.uk/how_to_apply/pg.htm

Further Information



Scottish Funding Council Scholarships - 8 Awards

The Scholarships cover tuition fees for:MSc Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology
MSc Ecology and Conservation
MSc Environmental Management
MSc Environmental and Ecological Sciences
MSc Environmental Pollution and Remediation
MSc Environmental Science
MSc Soil Science
MSc Environmental and Forest Management

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition Fees


Apply by 23 July 2017 to be considered for a funding award based on merit.

Application Procedure

Find out more from University of Aberdeen Funding Database

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2:2 Honours degree or equivalent in a biological science, geography, environmental science, maths, physics or computer science.

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