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Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology MSc

Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Fish Production / Fisheries Marine Ecosystems

Course type


Course Summary

This programme focuses on managing the marine environment. It is co-designed and run by Marine Scotland Science and world-renowned international researchers and practitioners in the marine industry.

You apply analytical skills to practical field work and learn about marine ecosystems globally. Fieldwork is undertaken at Ocean lab, Cromarty Lighthouse, Marine Science Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Additionally, you go on tours of marine industry facilities, aquaculture farms, fish markets and vessels and you gain a Safety at sea certificate.

Courses include a mix of compulsory and optional modules in: Marine and Fisheries Ecology, Conservation and Management; Population Ecology, Experimental Design and Analysis, Statistics for Complex Study Designs, Molecular Ecological Techniques, Application of GIS, Fisheries Science, Sustainable Aquaculture, Marine EIA, Marine Spatial Management, Ecology, Conservation and Society; Marine Conservation Management, and your research project.

  • This degree is offered in partnership with Marine Scotland Science to provide depth and experience
  • Life and Earth Science was ranked top in Scotland (Leiden 2013)
  • Graduates work for NAFC Marine Centre, RSPB, JNCC, Marine Scotland Science, Marine Conservation Society, British Antarctic Survey amongst others.
  • We have links with the James Hutton Institute, Scottish Food Security Alliance, Hawkesbury Institute of the Environment and more.
  • You develop quantitative analytical skills, modelling, problem solving and application
  • You work in world class facilities at Oceanlab, Ythan Estuary, Moray Firth, Bettyhill and Eynhallow (Orkney)

Upon completion you can become a Fisheries Manager, Marine Resource Manager, Environmental Assessor, Consultant, start your own business, or study towards a PhD and an academic career.

The School of Biological Sciences address the issues and consequences of environmental change around three research areas: Ecology and Evolution, Integrative Environmental Physiology and Biological Interactions in Soil. The School collaborates with over 500 institutions across industry, universities and government organisations in 65 countries. The School is active in industry and community engagement and we offer a lively range of events and seminars which you are welcome to attend whilst you study. You can further enjoy Oceanlab, the Lighthouse Field Station, the Cruickshank Botanic Garden, Aberdeen Biodiversity Centre, and Bettyhill Field Station.

The University of Aberdeen and Kings College is the 5th oldest university in the UK. Founded by Bishop William Elphinstone in 1495, it is “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.” to provide progressive, innovative research and lecturing. Many subjects continue to progress societal and economic innovations to this day. It attracts international academics and research staff.

Aberdeen city is well known world energy hub. There are over 900 energy companies in the city, 20 of which are FTSE 100 companies. The city is compact, and a visual feast of architecture and history. Aberdeen offers you retail, cosmopolitan food to suit all diets, culture, nightlife, sports, outdoor pursuits, a beach, walking and cycling to Royal Deeside, travel connections to the Highlands, Orkney and Shetland, the UK and Europe.

Different course options

Full time | University of Aberdeen | 12 months | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



Marine & Fisheries Ecology, Conservation and Management - Core
Population Ecology - Core
Experimental Design and Analyses - Core
Statistics for Complex Study Designs - Optional
Molecular Ecological Techniques - Optional
Applications of GIS - Core
Fisheries Science - Core
Sustainable Aquaculture - Optional
Marine Environmental Impact Assessment - Optional
Marine Spatial Management - Optional
Ecology, Conservation and Society - Optional
Marine Conservation Management - Optional
Research Project / Dissertation - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have 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.

University information

The University of Aberdeen is 5th oldest university in the UK and 3rd oldest university in Scotland. It was founded by Bishop William Elphinstone in 1495 to provide academic learning across many of the subjects it teaches and researches today. Aberdeen attracts over 3,500 postgraduate students internationally, studying on campus and online. There are 12 schools: Business School Divinity, History and Philosophy Education Language,...more