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MSc Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology


Course Description

Meeting Career Aspirations

Run in collaboration with staff at Marine Scotland Science http://www.gov.scot/Topics/marine, this MSc programme will provide you with an appreciation of the key issues that are central to the management of marine resources, practical skills and field work experience that you can apply to real world situations, and opportunities to expand your professional network.

Course Content

The theme running throughout the programme is 'concepts and practices for ecosystem-based management'. Taught by renowned researchers and leading practitioners, you will gain valuable insights into marine ecosystems, and develop an understanding of the science needed to inform management of fisheries and other human uses of marine resources. You will learn to analyse and interpret marine data sets, understand relevant policy, write scientific papers and professional reports, and apply your knowledge and skills to the challenging task of managing marine resources.

Studying at world class facilities, you will have the opportunity to undertake research in marine ecology at field stations, such as Oceanlab http://www.abdn.ac.uk/oceanlab/ and the Lighthouse Field Station http://www.abdn.ac.uk/lighthouse/. There are also opportunities to carry out research in partnership with professional agencies, such as Marine Scotland Science (MSS), Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) http://www.snh.gov.uk/ and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/ .

This MSc is aimed at individuals with a relevant undergraduate degree who wish to gain specialist knowledge and technical skills in managing marine resources. The programme will benefit those looking to progress to PhD research, pursue a career in the science or policy of marine management in government or independent institutions and companies, as well as those already working in marine sciences who are keen to enhance their knowledge and skills.

Why choose Aberdeen for Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology?

• You will develop quantitative skills, such as statistical analysis and mathematical modelling, making you more attractive to prospective employers.

• Aberdeen is a major centre for a variety of marine activities, and the programme offers interaction with a range of industries from aquaculture to offshore oil and gas.

• Courses are delivered by internationally renowned academics, government scientists, teaching fellows and marine resource managers.

• You will acquire key skills, including project planning, literature reviewing, and data analysis, interpretation and communication, which will be beneficial to your future career.

• You will have the opportunity to study at world class research facilities, such as Oceanlab located on the Ythan Estuary, Lighthouse Field Station on the Moray Firth, Bettyhill in Caithness, and Eynhallow in the Orkney Islands.

• Guest lectures from NGOs, the fishing industry, government agencies, and scientists from Marine Scotland.

• You will have the opportunity to engage with Marine Scotland staff, go on tours of their research vessels, and collaborate with them for research projects on current issues. A number of our graduates have gone on to work for Marine Scotland after completing their degree.

• The University of Aberdeen is ranked number 1 in Scotland in terms of overall research excellence in the fields of earth systems and environmental sciences (REF 2014).

• Aberdeen is one of the best places in the world for dolphin spotting and the waters of northeast Scotland are home to the largest dolphins in the world.

Visit the MSc Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!

Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

Aberdeenshire Regional Scholarships - 20+ Awards

We are offering assistance to workers left unemployed as a result of the downturn, specifically in the UK oil and gas sector by offering a 20% discount across a range of postgraduate energy programmes.The offer is open to people who live in Aberdeen City or Shire and have been working in the oil and gas sector.The discount applies to full-time and part-time programmes starting in September 2016 (and some starting in January 2017) spanning several disciplines including engineering, business, law, geosciences, natural and computing sciences, and biological sciences.

Value of Scholarship(s)

20% fee discount

Eligibility

You will live in an Aberdeen City or Aberdeenshire postcode and have been working in the oil and gas sector
You must apply and be accepted for an eligible programme
When applying online you must upload a separate document evidencing how the downturn in the oil and gas sector has resulted in your unemployment
You must not be eligible to receive any other University scholarship or discount

Application Procedure

Contact

Further Information

http://https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/regional-scholarships-1926.php


(Scholarship)

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

Eligibility

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

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


(Scholarship)

Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) Scholars Connect Plus - 2 Awards

New to the 2016/2017 academic year, the University of Aberdeen has funding for up to two AMFE students funded by SAIC Scholars Connect Plus – an initiative by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC). These places are available to AMFE students interested in aquaculture. The funding that is awarded to SAIC Scholars corresponds to the amount of the tuition fees paid by the students, therefore it corresponds to a refund for the fees that you will have paid upon starting the programme.
SAIC Scholars are required apply their research skills to an industry-placed research project conducted in the course ZO5902. There are also opportunities throughout the academic year to attend ‘meet the expert’ style events and aquaculture-specific careers days. The first event will be held in September 2016.
This is a great opportunity for eligible students (home and EU) who are interested in aquaculture. Unfortunately, due to the constraints of the funding source, international students are not eligible. For more information on the SAIC Scholar programme see: http://scottishaquaculture.com/work-with-us/student/

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full UK/EU Tuition Fees

Eligibility

These places are available to Home/EU AMFE students interested in aquaculture. Unfortunately, due to the constraints of the funding source, international students are not eligible. The funding awarded to SAIC Scholars corresponds to the amount of the tuition fees paid by the students, therefore it corresponds to a refund for the fees that you will have paid upon starting the programme.

Application Procedure

For more information on the SAIC Scholar programme see: http://scottishaquaculture.com/work-with-us/student/ For help with applying, contact the AMFE programme coordinators Tara Marshall and Phil Smith or

Further Information

http://scottishaquaculture.com/work-with-us/student/



Entry Requirements

A second (2:2) class Honours degree or equivalent qualification in a biological discipline. Candidates with good Honours Degrees in other subject areas (e.g. Oceanography, Mathematics, Geography, Economics) will be considered if they can demonstrate qualifications or aptitude at a sufficiently advanced level in a biological subject and evidence of mathematical/statistical training or relevant experience.All students entering the University must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study effectively at the University of Aberdeen. Details of our English language entry requirements can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages.

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