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Marine Science

Course Description

Marine Science UHI (SAMS UHI)

Marine environment research is the focus for the Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI (SAMS UHI), based in Oban, where 90% of research was judged to be 'internationally recognised' in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). SAMS UHI scientists are working on a range of projects within four departments: ecology; biogeochemistry and earth science; microbial and molecular; physics, sea ice and technology.

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. Working with local rivers trusts, fisheries boards, landowners, industry and the public sector.

The Environmental Research Institute (ERI)

based at North Highland College UHI in Thurso, marine environmental issues and sustainable use of the earth's natural resources. ERI's research includes: renewable energy - it's impacts on the marine environment; Tidal resource & wave climate assessment; ecology; emerging contaminants; tidal stream monitoring and modelling; Currents, sedimentation and associated ecological change.

NAFC Marine Centre UHI

is conducting research in fisheries science to contribute to the assessment, management and sustainable harvesting of important marine species, commercially important finfish and shellfish species. Marine Planning, Policy and Advice Section is relevant to how resources are utilised within regulatory frameworks and environmental impacts. The centre is the site and lead partner in the collaborative mussel hatchery project "Stepping Stone".

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.

Visit the Marine Science page on the University of the Highlands and Islands website for more details!

Student Profiles

Carnegie Cameron Taught Postgraduate Bursaries - 4 Awards

Applicants should already have been offered a place at the University of the Highlands and Islands and should have firmly accepted that offer. Applicants who do not hold an offer of admission by the deadline will not be considered for the award.Criteria
The bursary will be awarded on the basis of academic merit with due consideration also being given to financial circumstances.Selection Procedure
A Selection Committee will meet in June 2016 to review the applications. All applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of June.

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to £4000


The bursaries will be awarded to applicants who are accepted for admission on either a one year full-time or two year part-time basis for a taught postgraduate programme of study at the University of the Highlands and Islands. To be eligible, applicants must;Be Scottish by birth OR
Be of Scottish extraction (have at least one parent born in Scotland) OR
Have received three full years of secondary, further and/or higher education in Scotland

Application Procedure

A completed application form, together with the correct supporting documentation as outlined in Section D of the form, should be received by Michaela Gilmore by the closing date of 31st May 2016 in order to be considered for the award.

Further Information



Bursaries and special funds - No. of awards TBC

Scholarships, discretionary funds and bursaries may be available to our postgraduate students, Please check our website for more information.https://www.uhi.ac.uk/other-funding-sources

Value of Scholarship(s)



Various - see webpages

Application Procedure

Please see our website for details of the application process for any relevant funds.

Further Information



University of the Highlands and Islands Alumni Discount - No. of awards TBC

A 10% discount in tuition fee is available to degree graduates from the University of the Highlands and Islands on any of our taught postgraduate courses. The alumni discount applies only to the tuition fee element and does not apply to any additional costs which may be required to complete the course. The discount cannot be applied retrospectively and must be requested before or at the time of paying the first year fee.The alumni discount is not available in conjunction with any bursary or scholarship or combinable with any discounts from the university.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% discount on tuition fees


Degree graduates from the University of the Highlands and Islands are eligible for 10% discount on the relevant tuition fee for any of our taught postgraduate courses.

Application Procedure

Eligible degree alumni must request and have confirmation of the 10% tuition fee discount preferably during the admissions process, but certainly prior to payment of fees and/or enrolment.

Further Information



Postgraduate Research Funding - No. of awards TBC

Funding GuidesUniversity of the Highlands and Islands funding webpages - see link
Target Postgrad
Postgraduate Studentships database
British Council
Scholarships & GrantsCarnegie-Caledonian PhD Scholarships
Commonwealth ScholarshipsThe Editex Thesis Write-up Scholarship provides financial assistance for one postgraduate student per year for a period of 12 weeks, to free them from other forms of employment and assist them to concentrate solely on the task of writing their thesis. For full eligibility criteria and details of the application process, visit Editex.The Presidents Fund provides grants of varying amounts to assist women in their final year of study for a degree (including postgraduate research) in a UK university. The awards are made to those who face unexpected financial hardship and are for the current study year, for courses of more than one year's duration. The Trustees of the Fund meet three times a year to consider applications; October, January and April. For further information or to request an application form please contact the Hon Secretary of the Fund Eileen Brownlie.Sponsorship from employers or other businesses
Postgraduate sponsorship makes for well-qualified, enthusiastic, committed employees and as a result an increasing number of employers are willing to fund or contribute to the costs of a postgraduate qualification. Alternatively your employer may want to support your studies by providing other forms of help such as paid leave, money for research materials or help with tuition fees.Research Councils
There are six Research Councils in the UK who offer awards for taught and research courses at Masters degree level and above. Amounts awarded vary, but all awards for UK students include tuition fees payable direct to the institution, plus a contribution towards maintenance, including travel, fieldwork and academic materials.Research Councils do not accept direct applications from individuals, and any awards available at the university will be advertised above.Funding for International students
Scotland's Saltire Scholarships
Study in Scotland
European Funding Guide

Value of Scholarship(s)



Choosing to study for a postgraduate qualification is a big commitment. Help is available, through scholarships, bursaries and sponsorship. Explore possible funding options below.

Application Procedure

See our web page

Further Information


Entry Requirements

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.

Course Fees

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.

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