EXCEPTIONAL TALENT ON YOUR DOORSTEP

Graduates from SAMS receive an unrivalled marine science education including practical field experience, strong laboratory skills and the experience of working with research leaders.

Undergraduate

As Scotland’s premier independent marine research organisation, the Scottish Association for Marine Science teaches two undergraduate courses:

  • BSc (Hons) Marine Science
  • BSc (Hons) Marine Science with Arctic Studies

With a multi-disciplinary programme, students are equipped with a diverse knowledge and skills base.  Being integrated into the research environment, students gain hands-on experience and grow their networks from the beginning of their studies. 

Postgraduate

Postgraduate students are a vital component of the life and activities at SAMS. Two options for Masters-level study are currently offered:

  • Masters in Algal Biotechnology
  • MRes Ecosystem-Based Management of Marine Systems

An MSc by research can also be undertaken.

With approximately 25 PhD students at the cutting edge of research and innovation, the doctoral students make a valuable contribution to the cluster.

SCIENTISTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

With exceptional research careers, these individuals also work with industry in commercial applications of their work. With approximately 60 researchers within SAMS here we put three scientists in the spotlight.


Michele Stanley

Dr Michele Stanley

Biofuels

With over 19 years research experience in the area of marine biochemistry and molecular biology, within SAMS Dr Michele Stanley is currently establishing a research group focusing on the fundamental aspects of phycology, which have potential commercial applications.

KEY INVOLVEMENT WITHIN SAMS

  • Marine Renewable Energy Research Theme (Deputy Leader)
  • Marine Bioenergy Scotland team (Head)
  • Department of Microbial and Molecular Biology
  • Lecturing team

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • Scottish Biofuels Programme
  • BioMara: Sustainable Fuels from Marine Biomass
  • COG: Control of Grazers
  • Sustainable Bioenergy from Microalgae: A systems perspective
  • PHYCONET: unlocking the IB potential of microalgae
Ben Wilson

Professor Ben Wilson

Renewables

Professor Wilson has been working on the behavioural ecology of marine vertebrates for over 20 years and has worked on their interactions with marine renewables since 2005.

KEY INVOLVEMENT WITHIN SAMS

  • Marine Renewables Research Theme (Leader)
  • Centre for Smart Observations (Drifting Ears)
  • Ecology Department
  • Lecturing team

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • Collision risks between vertebrates and marine renewable devices
  • Underwater soundscapes, acoustic footprints and calling animals
  • Marine mammal and fish ecology
Kenneth Black

Professor Kenny Black

Aquaculture

Professor Kenneth Black has been a researcher in marine science at SAMS since 1991, focussing on the effects of human activities on the marine environment, e.g. from aquaculture and mining.

KEY INVOLVEMENT WITHIN SAMS

  • Ecology Department
  • Centre for Aquaculture
  • The Laurence Mee Centre for Society and the Sea

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • AquaSpace (EU, 2020) - Ecosystem approach to making space for sustainable aquaculture
  • NewDEPOMOD - Refining and recoding AutoDEPOMOD for predicting benthic impacts from aquaculture
  • IDREEM (EU, FP7) - Increasing industrial resource efficiency in European Aquaculture: Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture