The Ecosystem-Based Management of Marine Systems MSc course is jointly organised and delivered by two internationally renowned organisations: The Scottish Oceans Institute (SOI) at the University of St Andrews and the Scottish Marine Institute at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) at Oban on the Scottish west coast. Students study marine environments from the tropics to polar regions as integrated systems, exploring interconnections between the physical environment, biodiversity and the impacts of human activity and resource use.
Ecosystem-based Management of Marine Systems including case studies and applications to policy
Quantitative methods for Biology (including use of the statistical language R)
Marine Systems Research Methods
Management, Policy and Planning
Predator Ecology in Polar Ecosystems
The Masters 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 analytical techniques, laboratory work, and research methods. The course is led by members of the world renowned Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU).
Biology of Marine Mammals
Case Studies in Marine Mammal Biology
Conservation and Management of Marine Mammals
Quantitative Methods for Biology
Statistical Modelling of Biological Data
Population Biology of Marine Mammals
Current Issues in Marine Mammal Behaviour
Current Issues in Biologging
Advanced Bioacoustics for Marine Mammal Science
Predator Ecology in Polar Ecosystems – A field course in Antarctica
Estimating Animal Abundance
This course provides both theoretical and hands on training in the application of ecological and evolutionary science to planning, monitoring, sustainable pest and population management, and control. This course is for students interested in a career in applied ecology or ecological consultancy as well as those wishing to progress to a PhD in ecology or evolution. Each module is taught by a leading researcher in that field, focusing on the practical, quantitative and analytical skills that would be attractive to a diverse range of ecological employers (for instance, industry, government or NGOs) as well as being useful for a career in research.
Fundamental ecology and evolutionary biology
Field courses in ecological survey skills and experimental design
Ecological planning and policy
Environmental impact assessment
Biological control of pests and weeds
Population biology and management
Resistance management and applied evolution
Quantitative skills for ecologists
Global change biology
This course provides broad research training in ecology, evolution and conservation, focusing on fundamental concepts and theory, and their application to conservation and biodiversity science. Based at Silwood Park Campus, an internationally renowned centre of excellence for ecological research, the taught course covers a range of topics, each taught by a leading researcher in that field. You also complete a five-month research project on a topic of your choice. The course will be suitable for those interested in a career in applied ecology or conservation, or in preparing for a PhD.
Introduction to ecology, evolution and conservation, including hands-on involvement in a series of research case-studies
Conservation and management, including visits and discussion workshops on case studies of conservation in action with profession
Evolutionary analysis, covering state-of-the-art approaches to solving evolutionary problems
Ecology and ecosystems, applying ecological principles and methods covered in earlier elements to complex systems and real ecosy
Statistical computing, focusing on analytical skills essential for a career in modern whole-organism biology
This course is run jointly by the Department of Earth Science and Engineering and Imperial College Business School. It covers mineral deposit studies, resource evaluation, basic petroleum engineering and petroleum geology, minerals engineering and extractive metallurgy, accounting, mathematical techniques in finance, project appraisal and finance, project management, and markets and supplies. The course includes excursions to Wessex and South Africa, and a dissertation.
Environmental issues such as eutrophication, habitat degradation and climate change threaten the sustainability of our aquatic resources. Responding to these threats the Aquatic Science MSc equips students with an interdisciplinary understanding of the structure and functioning of aquatic environments, encompassing lakes, ponds, rivers, wetlands, groundwaters, estuaries and shallow seas.
Aquatic Monitoring (field-based course in Scotland)
Environmental Data Acquisition and Analysis
Scientific Basis for Freshwater and Coastal Conservation (field-based course in Norfolk, England)
Politics of Climate Change
Surface Water Modelling
Aquatic Macrophytes (field-based course in Dorset, England)
Impacts of Climate Change on Hydro-ecological Systems
Biological Indicators of Environmental Change
Non-biological Indicators for Environmental Change
This MSc provides broad introduction to geohazards, together with advanced courses in seismology, volcanology, hydrogeological hazards and meteorology. A key goal is to provide an essential grounding in quantitative modelling that can be widely applied to several fields, from pure research to the commercial sector. The programme introduces the spectrum and impact of geophysical hazards, before focusing on quantitative models for hazard forecasting and assessment. Selected case studies illustrate how the models are essential for improving decision making during emergencies, for raising the awareness of vulnerable populations, and for evaluating and implementing mitigation strategies.
Geological and Geotechnical Hazards
Earthquake Seismology and Earthquake Hazard
Physical Volcanology and Volcanic Hazard
Meteorological, Climate and Hydrogeological Hazard