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Statistical Ecology (Msc)

University of St Andrews
1-2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
St Andrews
05 September 2022
Application deadline: 11 August 2022

About this program

Statistical Ecology (Msc)

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.

The Mc Statistical Ecology is a one-year taught program 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.

A part-time version of this program is also available.

Admission requirements

You should have the following qualifications:

  • A good 2.1 undergraduate Honours degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. biological sciences, ecology, mathematics, statistics, environmental science or computer science) or a 2.2 in a relevant discipline and equivalent work experience (for example, at least 12 months working in a relevant field).
  • You should also have undergraduate training in mathematics and statistics at SCQF Level 8, or equivalent experience.

If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.

You must be able to demonstrate English language proficiency. The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Compulsory modules

Students typically take the following modules. However, students with adequate statistical training or experience may be exempt from one or both of the first two modules listed below and may take other optional modules instead.

  • Introductory Data Analysis
  • Applied Statistical Modelling using GLMs
  • Estimating Animal Abundance and Biodiversity
  • Computing in Statistics
  • Modelling Wildlife Population Dynamics
  • Statistical Problem Solving

Optional modules

As part of their optional choices, all students must take:

  • Any statistics-focused module at level 5000 in the School
  • One additional module at level 3000, 4000, or 5000 in the School

All students are recommended to include one of the following two modules in their choices:

  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Advanced Data Analysis

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

Modules and course material are taught through:

  • lectures
  • one-to-one discussion
  • seminars
  • small group discussion tutorials


For more information about tuition fees, please visit our website.

Continuing studies

The MSc in Statistical Ecology prepares students for further postgraduate studies in quantitative ecology, conservation, or statistics applied to ecological problems.

Career paths

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.

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University of St Andrews

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Consistently ranked as the best student academic experience in the UK by students in the National Student Survey, your time as a student in St Andrews will be unique and rewarding, leaving you with a prestigious qualification, but also memories and connections to treasure for years to come.

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