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Marine Mammal Science (MSc)

The Masters in Marine Mammal Science aims 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 programme addresses the unique scientific challenges of marine mammal physiology and behaviour with strong components of analytical techniques and research methods. The course is led by members of the world renowned Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU).

Whether because of their sheer size, complex behaviour, intriguing social structures or historic persecution, marine mammals in particular have come to symbolise issues in marine ecology. Conservation of endangered marine mammal species and management of their populations, especially those interacting with human activities, often attain 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 build careers.

Recent news

Master’s students at the School of Biology kick-started Orientation week with a visit to the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther. Following a short bus ride past the beautiful Scottish landscape, …

September 18, 2018

After a short adventure through the breath-taking landscape of Skye, we arrived at Kyle of Lochalsh and received a warm welcome from the crew of the Silurian. We ate dinner …

August 16, 2018

The British Natural History Museum’s exhibition “Whales: Beneath the Surface” opened 14 July, 2017 (and runs till end of February 2018).  Several of our teachers from the Sea Mammal Research …

January 9, 2018

It was the perfect day for a trip out to sea, and as we waited for the ferry we sampled the culinary delights of Anstruther; some chose fish and chips, …

October 27, 2017

photos & text by Will Brown With a new semester fast approaching comes a new cohort of eager master’s students. And what better way of encouraging us to make friends, …

October 3, 2017