University of St Andrews

MSc in Marine Mammal Science



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Welcome to our new students!

Application cycle for 2015/16 will be announced here..

Marine Mammal Science

 The Course

Whether because of their sheer size, complicated behaviour, social structures, historic persecution or simply due to their taxonomic closeness to humans, marine mammals in particular have come to symbolise issues in marine ecology.

Conservation of endangered marine mammal species and management of marine populations, especially those interacting with the human food chain, often have prominent positions in the  news,  and in the attentions of both governmental and non-governmental agencies.

The need to know more about the lives and behaviours of marine mammals,  driven by many agendas, coincides with a period in which improving technology is making it increasingly possible for us to probe the marine environment, and learn more about its inhabitants.

As a result, the rapidly developing, and highly topical, discipline of marine mammal science is an area in which many excellent biology graduates seek to conduct research.

The MSc (formerly known as MRes) in Marine Mammal Science is intended to prepare students fully for a professional career involved with conservation of and research into marine mammals.

It is, first 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. The course is led by members of the world renowned Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU).

The pages in this site will tell you more about the MSc in Marine Mammal Science, course details, entry requirements, and about how to find out more.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Avid readers of these pages and our alumni might have noticed the name change from MRes to MSc. It's just that - a title change, the programme itself is maintaining its tried and tested overall structure and content, but we have made some exciting small changes to our module portfolio and added a bit more flexibility in the second semester.