MSc/PGDip Quantitative Methods in Biodiversity, Conservation and Epidemiology

Quantitative skills are more in demand that ever, forming an essential basis for successful careers in ecology, conservation, and animal and human health. This Masters programme provides specific training in data collection, modelling and statistical analyses as well as generic research skills. It is offered by the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine (IBAHCM), a grouping of top researchers who focus on combining field data with computational and genetic approaches to solve applied problems in epidemiology and conservation.

WHY THIS PROGRAMME

  • Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting, in part, the academic and experience requirement for the Membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).
  • Encompasses key skills in monitoring and assessing biodiversity critical for understanding the impacts of environmental change.
  • Covers quantitative analyses of ecological and epidemiological data critical for animal health and conservation.
  • Opportunity to gain core skills and knowledge across a wide range of subjects, which will enhance future career opportunities, including entrance into competitive PhD programmes.
  • Combines advanced statistics and modelling with opportunities to gain practical field skills, expertise in molecular techniques or bioinformatics tools for assessing biodiversity.
  • Understand disease ecology, in the context of wildlife, animal health and implications for human public health.
  • Base your independent research project at either the University Field Station on Loch Lomond (for freshwater or terrestrial-based projects); Millport field station on the Isle of Cumbrae (for marine projects); or Cochno Farm and Research Centre in Glasgow (for research based on farm animals).
  • Taught by research-active staff using the latest approaches in quantitative methods, sequence analysis, and practical approaches to assessing biodiversity, and you will have opportunities to actively participate in internationally recognised research.
  • A unique strength is strong ties between veterinarians and ecologists, which has now been formalised in the formation of the IBAHCM. This direct linking is rare but offers unique opportunities to provide training that spans both fundamental and applied research.

Students will also achieve PgDip exit awards during this course.

CAREER PROSPECTS

You will gain core skills and knowledge across a wide range of subjects that will enhance your selection chances for competitive PhD programmes.

In addition to academic options, career opportunities include roles in:

  • Zoos
  • Environmental consultancies
  • Government agencies
  • Ecotourism
  • Conservation biology
  • Veterinary or public health epidemiology.
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Modules

  • KEY RESEARCH SKILLS (40 credits)
  • PROGRAMMING IN R (20 credits)
  • BIODIVERSITY INFORMATICS
  • CONSERVATION GENETICS
  • ECONOMIC TOOLS FOR CONSERVATION
  • INFECTIOUS DISEASE ECOLOGY AND THE DYNAMICS OF EMERGING DISEASE
  • INTRODUCTION TO BAYESIAN STATISTICS
  • MOLECULAR EPIDEMIOLOGY AND PHYLODYNAMICS
  • MULTI SPECIES MODELS
  • SINGLE SPECIES MODELS
  • SPATIAL ECOLOGY
  • ANIMAL ETHICS
  • ANIMAL LEGISLATION AND SOCIETAL ISSUES
  • ANIMAL WELFARE ASSESSMENT
  • BIOLOGY OF SUFFERING
  • CARE & ENRICHMENT OF CAPTIVE ANIMALS
  • GENETIC AND GENOMIC ASPECTS OF ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE
  • GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR ECOLOGISTS
  • HUMAN DIMENSIONS OF CONSERVATION
  • INVERTEBRATE IDENTIFICATION
  • PRINCIPLES OF CONSERVATION ECOLOGY
  • PROTECTED AREA MANAGEMENT
  • SOCIETAL ASPECTS OF AMR
  • VERTEBRATE IDENTIFICATION
  • RESEARCH PROJECT
  • £30,240 Per Year

    International student tuition fee

    1 Year

    Duration

    Sep 2024

    Start Month

    Aug 2024

    Application Deadline

    Upcoming Intakes

    • September 2024

    Mode of Study

    • Full Time