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 55 researchers within SAMS here we put two scientists in the spotlight.


Michele Stanley

Professor Michele Stanley

Biofuels

With over 19 years research experience in the area of marine biochemistry and molecular biology, within SAMS Professor Michele Stanley  leads a research group that focuses on applied phycology which have potential commercial applications using both micro and macro algae.

KEY INVOLVEMENT WITHIN SAMS

  • Associate Director for Science, Enterprise and Innovation
  • Lecturer

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • Algae for biomass applied to the production of added value compounds (ABACUS)
  • MacroFuels
  • Intelligent Management System for Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMPAQT)
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