University of St Andrews

University of St Andrews

Marine Mammal Science

This is, 1st and foremost, a course in quantitative marine ecology. The degree aims to address the unique scientific challenges of marine mammal physiology and behaviour with strong components of methodology, laboratory work, and field study.

Entry requirements

A good UK 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in a biological science. Other scientific, engineering or mathematics degrees may be acceptable. A good level of high-school mathematics and English. Basic information technology skills. Proof of satisfactory English language competence for applicants whose 1st language is not English.

Assessment methods

Students will be assessed in different ways. Closed written exams will be set for some modules, and will be taken at the end of the semester during which the module is completed. Continuous assessment will involve different tasks focusing on transferable and topical research skills, practical work and data analysis. For example, students will be asked to make conference-style presentations and posters, write publication-style reports, and present the results of data analysis and modelling exercises. The research project will be assessed by means of a research proposal, written dissertation and the presentation of a poster at the MSc student conference.

Sponsorship information

Carnegie-Cameron bursaries; entrant accommodation bursary; Formula Santander postgraduate scholarship; recent graduate discount; Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust bursary.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 7,830 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 18,470 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 7,830 per Academic year (EU fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of St Andrews St Andrews KY16 9AX Scotland

Key information

MRes Secretary
Telephone number: 
01334 463402