This Masters combines ecology, evolution, epidemiology and animal ethics into one integrated programme. It is offered by the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine (IBAHCM); a grouping of top researchers who focus on combining ecology and evolution with more applied problems in animal health and welfare.
• MSc: 12 months full-time
• PgDip 9 months full-time
• Contact: [email protected]
• This programme encompasses key skills in monitoring and assessing biodiversity critical for understanding the impacts of environmental change.
• It covers quantitative analyses of ecological and epidemiological data critical for animal health and conservation; and ethics and legislative policy critical for promoting humane treatment of both captive and wild animals.
• You will have the opportunity to base your independent research projects at the University field station on Loch Lomond (for freshwater or terrestrial-based projects); Millport field station on the Isle of Cumbria (for marine projects); or Cochno farm in Glasgow (for research based on farm animals). We will also assist you to gain research project placements in zoos or environmental consulting firms whenever possible.
• The uniqueness of the programme is the opportunity to gain core skills and knowledge across a wide range of subjects, which will enhance future career opportunities, including entrance into competitive PhD programmes. For example, it is rare for students in animal welfare to gain extensive quantitative skills, even though this can be critical for designing experiments that meet the criteria of the "three R's" (reduce, refine, replace) in animal-based research. Similarly, there are identification based programmes offered elsewhere, but most others do not combine practical field skills with molecular techniques, advanced informatics for assessing biodiversity based on molecular markers, as well as advanced statistics. Other courses in epidemiology are rarely ecologically focused; the specialty in IBAHCM is understanding disease ecology, in the context of both animal conservation and implications for human public health.
• You will be taught by research-active staff using the latest approaches in quantitative methods, sequence analysis, practical approaches to assessing biodiversity, and you will have opportunites to learn about legislation and ethics associated with the use of animals in research.
• A unique strength of the University of Glasgow
for many years has been the strong ties between veterinarians and ecologists, which has now been formalised in the formation of the IBAHCM. This direct linking is rare but offers unique opportunities to provide training that spans both fundamental and applied research.
The programme provides a strong grounding in scientific writing and communication, statistical analysis, and experimental design. It is designed for flexibility, to enable you to customise a portfolio of courses suited to your particular interests.
You can choose from a range of specialised options that encompass key skills in:
• Monitoring and assessing biodiversity – critical for understanding the impacts of environmental change
• Quantitative analyses of ecological and epidemiological data – critical for animal health and conservation
• Ethics and legislative policy – critical for promoting humane treatment of both captive and wild animals.
• Key research skills (scientific writing, introduction to R, advanced linear models, experimental design and power analysis)
• Measuring biodiversity and abundance
• Programming in R
• Independent research project
• Freshwater sampling techniques
• Marine sampling techniques
• Invertebrate identification
• Vertebrate identification
• Molecular analyses for DNA barcoding and biodiversity measurement
• Conservation genetics and phylodynamics
• Infectious disease ecology and the dynamics of emerging disease
• Single-species population models
• Multi-species models
• Spatial processes
• Introduction to Bayesian statistics
• Animal welfare science
• Legislation related to animal welfare
• Enrichment of animals in captive environments
• Care of captive animals
• Biology of suffering
• Assessment of physiological state.
You will gain core skills and knowledge across a wide range of subjects that will enhance your selection chances for competitive PhD programmes. In addition to academic options, career opportunities include roles in zoos, environmental consultancies, government agencies, ecotourism and conservation biology, and veterinary or public health epidemiology.
MSc: Home/EU £6800, International £18200; PgDip Home/EU £4533, International £12133