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The MSc in Marine Mammal Science is a one-year taught programme run by the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU), the only UK institution dedicated exclusively to marine mammal research. It draws on the quantitative and diverse academic expertise within the University's Scottish Oceans Institute (SOI).
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A first or upper 2.1 (Honours) undergraduate degree or equivalent in a biological science. Other scientific, engineering or mathematics degrees may be acceptable.
Training in advanced mathematics and statistics (at least to UK school AS/A-level, Higher, International Baccalaureate or equivalent).
Very good baseline IT skills including word-processing, spreadsheet use, email and internet.
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Getting taught at SMRU was an honour due to the many experts concentrated there, who all were very helpful. This also makes it a great place to network and get a taste of the working environment you are being prepared for during the Masters. Besides, the town of St Andrews offers many ways to enjoy and relax after study.
I really enjoyed being a student at SMRU. I found it inspiring to be surrounded by and learn from so many experts in the field, and the largely open-door policy made for a friendly atmosphere. It was awesome to get the opportunity to be a field assistant on several different research projects around Scotland
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