Rivers and Lochs
The Rivers and Lochs Institute, based at Inverness College UHI, the institute works to develop integrated, multidisciplinary research projects to more rapidly advance understanding of Scottish freshwater ecosystem and to research the nature and extent of freshwater biodiversity in lochs and rivers in Scotland. We work with local rivers trusts, fisheries boards, landowners, industry and the public sector to provide scientific support to managers to protect and conserve biodiversity conservation and ensure its exploitation is sustainable.
Genetic analysis of brown trout in Loch Laidon reveals the presence of three genetically distinct breeding populations
Rivers and Lochs Institute involved in NASCO-EU funded SALSEA-MERGE project
Shellfish Hatchery – Stepping Stone Project could lead to Scotland’s first commercial mussel hatchery.
Funding has recently been approved for a trial to test the commercial viability of a mussel hatchery in Scotland. The main funders are currently Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC). The 30-month project could lead to higher productivity in the shellfish industry and support rural businesses and jobs.
Other key partners in the hatchery project include the Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group (SSMG), the University of the Highlands and Islands
and the Scottish Government.
Shellfish production is a growing industry in Scotland, supporting over 500 jobs across the supply chain, many in rural areas. Mussel production in Scotland reached its highest-ever level in 2014, with Shetland accounting for almost 80% of production.
There is capacity and demand to raise production substantially, if the industry can address issues such as the availability of mussel spat (juvenile mussels). The establishment of a commercial hatchery to produce spat will help to resolve this issue, providing Scottish producers with a reliable supply of spat (and potentially other juvenile shellfish species).
How to apply
There is no national system for applying for postgraduate research study in the way that UCAS operates at undergraduate level.
Step 1: Make contact with relevant academic staff to consider your application in detail; to ensure you meet the entrance requirements; to develop a suitable research proposal, title and plan; assign a Director of Studies; establish an appropriate supervisory team; and discuss funding.
Here's a handy guide to writing a good research proposal.
Step 2: Complete an application form with your proposed Director of Studies.
Step 3: Your application will be submitted by the proposed Director of Studies to the university's Research Degrees Committee for approval.
Step 4: Approved applications are sent to the University of Aberdeen, our accrediting university for research degrees for final approval and registration.
Further information on all aspects of applying to study for a postgraduate research degree is available from the Graduate School. Please contact us if you cannot find the information you are looking for or would like to be put in contact with an academic within your area of study.
Normally First class or 2:1 honours degree from UK university or equivalent, or approved research experience. We may also consider others with a master’s degree. Other requirements may be in place such as evidence of your spoken and written English with IELTS minimum scoring of 6.5 or equivalent.
In 2016/17 Full-time UK/EU science and arts subjects £4121, Non-EU arts £11490, Non-EU science £14445. Other fees may be levied.