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If you want to save our oceans from ever increasing amounts of development affecting the natural world or you want to study man made effects on marine life, or you want to work in statutory conservation bodies, government regulators, departments, consultancies assisting private and public sector organisations with their marine environmental reports and assessments, this programme will support you towards that goal and more

Human activity in our oceans affects marine environments and conservation and this is now highly publicised to influence change. We have increasing shipping lanes and worldwide logistical needs, marine based wind farms, energy production and extraction, and many other industry sectors impacting on the marine environment plus many more hazards from ships and their containers going into the world's oceans. There is a need to ensure that the balance for economic benefit does not conflict with the natural world and its long term sustainability. There are also sensitive receptors and geographical areas which must be protected and sustained and which provide essential knowledge to transfer.

You develop practical and analytical skills to apply to marine ecosystems. Contributors to the programme include Marine Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and you study ecology, fish biology, design and analysis of experiments, population, GIS, conservation management, literature in ecology, conservation and environment, research and conservation management in the marine environment

The Aberdeen programme allows for a great range and depth of knowledge across its courses which you can apply to marine conservation and beyond. You also learn highly useful Geographic Information Systems (GIS), fisheries, ecology and conservation.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Marine and Fisheries Ecology, Conservation and Management
  • Experimental Design and Analysis
  • Population Ecology


  • Statistics for Complex Study Designs
  • Molecular Ecological Techniques

Semester 2

  • Applications of Geographic Information Systems
  • Marine Conservation Management


  • Fisheries Science
  • Marine Mammalogy
  • Marine Spatial Management
  • Ecology, Conservation and Society

Semester 3

  • Research Project

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Why study at Aberdeen?

  • The programme is supported by contributions from Marine Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and others
  • You are taught by renowned researchers and leading practitioners with outdoor field work at research sites and Aberdeen Harbour
  • You have access to laboratories to monitor water quality
  • You have tours of Marine Scotland's fleet of research vessels

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time
  • 12 Months
  • September

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  • EU and Scotland
  • Other UK

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