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.
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.
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.