Dive into the marine world and study the diversity of life from the deep sea to estuaries. Beyond evolutionary and behavioural biology, learn about the conservation and management of marine environments and how to protect these valuable and vulnerable ecosystems.
St Andrews is located on the shores of the North Sea near grey and common seal colonies and bottlenose dolphin feeding areas. This makes it the ideal place to study marine wildlife in its natural habitat. Fieldwork and diving expeditions to locations such as the Antarctic and Indonesia are also options for many programmes.
The School of Biology offers PhD and MSc(Res) programmes in marine biology. Research on marine topics within the School is grouped into three main themes:
- developmental and evolutionary genomics
- ecology, fisheries and resource management
- marine mammal biology
To apply, you should first identify and contact a potential supervisor you would like to work with in your intended research area. Find out how to contact a research supervisor.
Second in Scotland for Earth and marine sciences
Guardian University Guide 2023
Second in Scotland for biological sciences
The Complete University Guide 2023
84% of research activity rated 3* or 4*
Most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021)
School of Biology
With purpose-built facilities, the School of Biology at St Andrews is recognised as a world leader. Students are taught by subject experts and get the opportunity to conduct both lab-based and field-based study across Scotland and abroad. School research is diverse and positively impacts on the public, commercial bodies, governments and international organisations.
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