[MARMAM] Master's in Marine Mammal Science (University of St Andrews, UK)

Sonja Heinrich sh52 at st-andrews.ac.uk
Mon Feb 3 12:18:38 PST 2014

Master's in Marine Mammal Science at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK:

We are currently accepting applications for our unique Master's programme in Marine Mammal Science at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, UK for 2014/15 entry. The Master's degree requires students to undertake two taught semesters (120 credits) followed by an independent research project of at least three months duration (60 credits, for the one year MRes/MSc), or 12 months duration (for the two year MPhil). 

During the taught semesters students undertake intensive training in quantitative methods, research techniques and study current issues in research and management in a broad range of topics. Teaching is done by means of lectures, student-led seminars and tutorials. Practicals involve lab work, field excursions, modelling and computer-based data analysis. 

The Master's in Marine Mammal Science is taught by members of the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU), the School of Biology and the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM) which are part of the Scottish Oceans Institute at the University of St Andrews. This unique programme is now being offered in its 8th year and some exciting changes have been made to its curriculum including more flexibility in optional module choices in the second semester. Optional modules reflect the research strengths of the SMRU (http://www.smru.st-andrews.ac.uk/) covering biologging, advanced bioacoustics, behaviour and cognition, population biology, as well as estimating animal abundance (taught by experts at CREEM). The optional field course, Predator ecology in Polar Ecosystems, involves a vessel-based field expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula (requires additional payment of a substantial expedition fee) - you can follow our upcoming Antarctic expedition in March 2014 via the students' blog:

For detailed information on programme content, entry requirements and how to apply please refer to the course's website: 

Or enter via the School of Biology website:

Applications for the upcoming academic year (starting September 2014) must be received by Friday, 04 April 2014, and should be submitted online via the St Andrews Postgraduate Admission Portal: 

Please get in touch if you have further questions, via email: mresbiology at st-andrews.ac.uk 

Best wishes from St Andrews,

Dr Sonja Heinrich
Course Director, MRes Marine Mammal Science

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