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Postgraduate training in Marine and Fisheries Science

Graham Pierce g.j.pierce at abdn.ac.uk
Wed Feb 7 16:45:47 EST 1996

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Postgraduate training in Marine and Fisheries Science
            at the University of Aberdeen

MSc/Diploma Course

This postgraduate course covers the biology, exploitation,
and management of the marine environment and its living resources.

The teaching resources and range of interests in marine biology
and fisheries at the University are combined with specific areas
of advanced expertise available at the Scottish Office Marine
Laboratory in Aberdeen. The major input from research scientists
responsible for providing advice on fishery matters to
the UK government is a special feature of this course.

*Lecture courses

During the first semester and a half, both MSc and Diploma courses
consist of an integrated series of lecture modules. There are
associated practical exercises, essays and visits. Supporting
material in the form of seminars and tutorials is provided
throughout. Topics currently taught include:

-Marine Environment: physical and biological aspects; environmental
        quality and pollution
-Aquatic animal biology: reviews of fish and shellfish biology
-Animal population and community ecology: fish population
        dynamics; resource ecology, trophic relations and energy
        flow; marine applications of telemetry and remote sensing
-Resource utilization
-Fisheries: fisheries exploitation and management; fisheries
        economics, law and administration; gear technology and
        fish behaviour
-Aquaculture: aquaculture, fish diseases and parasites
-Computer and numerical skills


The Diploma course runs for 9 months. In addition to the
lecture courses, students complete a dissertation or short
practical exercise.


The MSc runs for 12 months. In addition to the lecture courses,
students carry out a period of practical research training, lasting
approx. 4 months, culminating in the presentation of a thesis.

Research training will be offered in one of the major themes
of the course, usually through practical involvement in one of the
research groups in the University or Marine Laboratory and often
within an existing national or international programme of research.
The students will have access to appropriate specialized equipment
and facilities and the work may involve participation in one of
the Marine Laboratory's regular research cruises.

PhD Research

The PhD degree is awarded for original research and normally
takes 3 years to complete. Research leading to the PhD degree may be
based at the University or at one of the collaborating institutions,
e.g. the Scottish Office's Marine Laboratory. This provides the student
with the benefit of access to a wide base of research experience
and facilities.

Aberdeen has a long history of research in marine and fisheries
biology. It is the location of a major concentration of scientists
active in a wide range of relevant fields, including ecology,
physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, theoretical and practical

The particular research interests of staff in the Department of
Zoology working in the field of marine and fisheries biology
include Cephalopod Biology and Fisheries, Marine Mammal Ecology,
Marine Trophic Interactions, Deep Sea Fish Biology, Fish Immunology,
Fish Physiology, Growth and Nutrition, Parasitic Diseases of Fish,
Neuroendocrine regulation of teleost reproduction and growth,
Aquaculture, Estuarine ecology and processes.

For application forms for MSc/Diploma or PhD and more information on

- courses
- entry qualifications
- fees and support schemes
- research grants
- accomodation and living conditions
- English language tuition

please write to:

Postgraduate Admissions
Department of Zoology
University of Aberdeen
Tillydrone Avenue

This information was provided by:

Dr Graham J. Pierce

Department of Zoology
University of Aberdeen
Tillydrone Avenue

Phone  44 (0)1224 272866            Eurosquid World-Wide Web Page:
Fax    44 (0)1224 272396            http://www.abdn.ac.uk/~nhi104/
e-mail g.j.pierce at abdn.ac.uk

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