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Research & academia

If you choose to locate your marine science business here you will have access to innovative research and fantastic facilities.

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Home to world-class facilities and education

The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) is Scotland’s largest and oldest independent marine science organisation, delivering marine science for a productive and sustainably managed marine environment through innovative research, education and engagement with society.

Sharing a campus with the European Marine Science Park, SAMS’ marine research and teaching portfolio is diverse in topic and discipline, global in outlook, project locations and relevance, and delivered by a highly skilled team working in partnership with academic, business, government, regulatory, voluntary and civic society colleagues.

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State-of-the-art facilities available for hire

There has been significant investment in a suite of world-class analytical facilities which support environmental, biological, geochemical, molecular and geological investigations. This modern equipment supports research projects and education activities as well as being available for commercial contracts.

Services include:

  • Scottish Marine Robotics facility
  • Culture collection of algae & protozoa
  • Research vessels
  • Sampling equipment
  • Analytical services and equipment
  • Research aquarium
  • Research seaweed farm
  • Seaweed hatchery
  • Experimental artificial reef
  • Research library
  • Coastal ocean modelling system
  • Scientific diving services (Tritonia Scientific ltd) – hyperbaric chamber

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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.


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

  • BSc (Hons) Marine Science
  • BSc (Hons) Marine Science with Arctic Studies
  • BSc (Hons) Marine Science with Oceanography and Robotics 

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

  • Masters in Aquaculture, Environment and Society  
  • MRes Algal Biotechnology, Biology and Ecology 

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.

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