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Statistical Ecology (PGDip/MSc)

University of St Andrews

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of St Andrews

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

In this course, you will learn the modern statistical methods currently used by professionals in ecology. You will learn to formulate problems, conduct appropriate analyses and effectively communicate results to a variety of audiences. To balance theory and application, placement opportunities will be available with partner organisations within the UK and abroad.

Course information

The MSc in Statistical Ecology is a one-year taught programme run by the School of Mathematics and Statistics.

This course aims to give you a sound understanding of the statistical foundations of modern methods in statistical ecology, to give you the skills to use these methods effectively, and to give you experience of applying them to real-world problems, under the supervision of experts, some of whom are leading researchers in this field.

Highlights

  • Introduces key concepts and methods in statistical ecology and provides an overview of the field.
  • Taught by staff at the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM), who have more than two decades’ experience developing, using and teaching methods in statistical ecology.
  • Core modules in Semester 1 provide a solid statistical foundation for specialist modules later in the course.
  • Optional placements with collaborators in the UK and abroad as part of a supervised summer research dissertation; connects theoretical training with real field studies and professionals.
  • Flexible dissertation format, which can include producing a podcast, web page, poster, field report, training materials, or a short film.

Careers

Statistical skills are highly valued in ecology and conservation, with modern ecological methods becoming increasingly quantitative. The course is therefore excellent preparation for a career as a scientist in:

  • government environment agencies
  • industry
  • consultancies
  • conservation organisations.

Graduates may also work as wildlife managers, using their analytical skills to better inform management decisions.

Application deadline

11 August 2021

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 20,370per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of St Andrews

  • University League Table

    4th

  • Campus address

    University of St Andrews, College Gate, St Andrews, KY16 9AJ, Scotland

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    3rd out of 100 2

    3rd out of 72

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    204 92%

    2nd

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    78.0 78%

    25th

    30
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.28 86%

    9th

  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    241 100%

    1st

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    94.0 94%

    4th

    2
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.38 88%

    6th

    2

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