MSc (Res) in Biology: Marine Biology

The MSc(Res) in Biology degree in marine biology is a 12-month research-only degree in which you will undertake a supervised research project in the area of marine biology.

You will be based in the interdisciplinary Scottish Oceans Institute (SOI), based at East Sands in St Andrews. The SOI is home to the world-famous Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) and hosts a wide range of researchers with interests ranging from the deep oceans to the coasts, and from the people who use and interact with the sea, to the biological and physical processes that make the oceans function.

The MSc (Res) is examined by a 30,000-word research thesis.

Skills training

In addition to the project-specific training that you will receive during your degree, MSc (Res) students will also have access to a wide range of training in transferable skills through the University's GRADskills programme.

Specific postgraduate programmes run within the School of Biology may also offer additional training, for instance in statistical, bioinformatics or molecular techniques.

Research projects