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Environmental and Ecological Sciences MSc

Environmental and Ecological Sciences MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Environmental Science Ecology

Course type


Course Summary

This programme offers you two interdependent areas of knowledge in environmental science and ecological science which widens your employability and allows you to work across the two disciplines simultaneously. You learn about environmental policy, environmental legislation, risk assessment models, environmental analytical tools and the use and application of environmental and ecological models.

Courses include: Plant Ecology, Core Skills in Environmental Science, Environmental Pollution; Soils for Food Security; Catchment Management; Ecology, Conservation and Society; Environmental Analysis; and your project.

  • We are a top ranked UK school for earth systems and environmental sciences (REF 2014) and we attract international academics and researchers with industry experience globally
  • We have won awards for Climate Change research (British Ecological Society Marsh Award (2014) and services to soil biochemistry (Professor Pete Smith, Philippe Duchaufour medal, European Geosciences Union)

You learn from a wide range of teaching methods such as learning outside, outdoor field work, visits by industry experts and insights into real life situations and problem solving. There is a residential one-week course at Ballater in Royal Deeside at no extra cost, and several day trips from Aberdeen to support your studies. We have a stunning blue glass Sir Duncan Rice Library in which to research and learn online and offline and there are science labs to allow you to research projects.

You study at a research active School of Biological Sciences with research spanning all environmental sciences and you are within easy reach of coastline, marine habitats, mountains and river systems, Caledonian forests, farmland and national parks. The University of Aberdeen is set in a stunning medieval campus in Aberdeen city. University of Aberdeen Field centres include Oceanlab, Lighthouse field station on Cromarty Firth, and Bettyhill.

The School of Biological Science programmes are co-ordinated via the Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences. The Institute undertakes research across biological sciences from deep-ocean to high altitude and it is recognised as one of the top UK institutes for research in biological and environmental sciences. IBES enjoys several themes and groups including environmental modelling, integrative environmental physiology, ecology and evolution, biological interactions in soil amongst others. It was rated 1st in the UK for plant-soil-environment interactions (REF 2014). The department offers cutting edge technologies to analyse soils which include analytical equipment, model development, X-Ray CT to study soil structure, molecular biology and isotope approaches.

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 internationally. Many original subjects continue to progress societal and economic innovations to this day, whilst innovation 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 and cultures, nightlife, sports, outdoor pursuits, a beach, walking and cycling to Royal Deeside, travel connections to the Highlands, Orkney and Shetland, the UK and Europe. The University offers you wide ranging events across campus to enjoy and attend

Different course options

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

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



Plant Ecology - Core
Core Skills in Environmental Science - Core
Environmental Pollution - Core
Soils for Food Security - Optional
Applications of GIS - Core
Catchment Management - Core
Ecology, Conservation and Society - Core
Environmental Analysis - Optional
Project in Environmental and Ecological Sciences - Core

Tuition fees

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

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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

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