Postgraduate opportunities

PhD opportunities

Information about how to apply for entry to the University’s PhD programme is available on the Biology and Psychology & Neuroscience websites.

MSc in Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology

The MSc in Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology is a one-year, full-time taught postgraduate programme. This distinctive programme tackles fundamental issues associated with the origins of human cognition via a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches. The course is taught by members of the Origins of Mind research group in the School of Psychology & Neuroscience, with guest lectures from members of the School of Biology. Students undertake a significant piece of independent research, supervised by a staff member.

MSc in Marine Mammal Science

The MSc in Marine Mammal Science is a one-year taught programme run by the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) and draws on the quantitative and diverse academic expertise within the University’s Scottish Oceans Institute (SOI). The core curriculum is complemented by advanced optional modules in topical research areas of biologging, bioacoustics, behaviour and cognition, and population biology. Modules include intense training in quantitative techniques (for example, statistical modelling and GIS) and applied research methods, including a field course to practice survey techniques.


The MSc(Res) is a one-year, full-time research degree, which consists of an independent research project conducted under the supervision of a member of academic staff. Find more details here.