Winter is still in full swing in Scotland, yet the days are getting noticeably longer and brighter. Students are back in class for the second semester after a nice long inter-semester break over Christmas and New Year’s. Now, depending on optional module choices, MSc students are busy with biologging, bioacoustics, environmental change or fisheries research, while further down the line population biology and behaviour & cognition modules await. For those taking the optional field courses, even bigger adventures await further afield in March…. one group of students will head south to Antarctica – follow them here on the Antarctic expedition blog– to survey marine mammals and sea birds, while others will head east for scientific diving in Indonesia.
Not to be outdone by the students, some of our core MSc staff are also swapping their desks for the wild outdoors for a little bit – Lars (course director MSc Marine Ecosystem Management) is already in Antarctica on an icebreaker for a major research expedition to the Thwaites Glacier, while Sonja (director postgraduate teaching) will be in southern Chile looking for grey dolphins, and soon Luke (course director MSc Marine Mammal Science) will be heading for warmer climes in the Carribean to search for sperm whales.
So for those of you who have already submitted an application to our Marine Ecosystem Management or Marine Mammal Science Masters, please be a little patient and we’ll be in touch with you in April about your application. Head office in St Andrews is of course open for business as usual (and we should even be able to move into our new sea front building at East Sands soon) – so if you have any questions about our MSc programmes then please contact our wonderful administrative staff at pgtaughtbiology (at) st-andrews.ac.uk, and see all the useful info on our Biology postgradute course pages…
..and pssst… if you’re thinking of applying to our brand new MSc in Animal Behaviour, you could also find yourself going diving in Indonesia or watching whales in Antarctica next year – why should the marine Master’s students have all the fun?…..