My masters year studying EBMMS at St Andrews and SAMS was a fantastic and incredibly useful investment in my future. While I enjoyed my undergraduate degree in Biology several years earlier, I found myself lacking quantitative skills that were becoming an ever more pressing requirement for career advancement. This course provided an introduction to a variety of research approaches including GIS, statistical and ecosystem modelling and furthered my confidence in mathematical approaches to ecology. Integrating into a busy hub of research allowed me to publish my masters thesis which has since earned me an international PhD scholarship at the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies in Tasmania. I would thoroughly recommend the course to anyone pursuing a career in marine science.