University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Ecology and Conservation

This course aims to provide training for research on the biology, ecology and sustainable management of biological resources, for students intending to carry on to do a PhD, and for those seeking careers in ecological research, conservation and management; potential doctoral students gain multi-disciplinary research skills and practical experience of working in active research environments alongside established scientists and are trained to develop, execute and manage individual research projects; students also receive training via taught modules based on current research of contributing scientists drawn from diverse ecological disciplines.

Entry requirements

A degree or equivalent qualification, at the prescribed standard, in plant science, forestry, zoology or biology; candidates with other qualifications (e.g. Honours degree in geography, geology, soil science) are considered; 1 substantial course in ecology at undergraduate level.

Course modules

Modules include: Plant ecology; experimental design and analysis; population ecology; personal research development; controlled environment research project; research project planning; ecological methods (field course); environmental microbiology and biotechnology; aquaculture; statistics for complex designs; molecular ecological techniques; climate change; introduction to GIS; ecology and society; advanced spatial information analysis; biology and ecology of mycorrhiza; marine landscapes and spatial management; marine top predator ecology; foundations of environmental governance; applied ecological modelling; advanced ecological concepts; ecology research project.

Assessment methods

The course is assessed through a combination of written and oral assignments as prescribed for each course, and a written report of the research project; both MRes/MSc and Diploma candidates are usually required to attend an oral examination; candidates who fail to achieve the standard for progression to, or who elect not to proceed to, the final stage, shall be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma if they have achieved the appropriate standard for that award.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 4,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 16,200 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MRes Full-time £ 4,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MRes Full-time £ 16,200 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
King's Campus Aberdeen AB24 3FX Scotland

Key information

Postgraduate Taught Secretary
Telephone number: 
01224 272692