The Institute provides a vibrant, dynamic, and supportive research environment to around 100 postgraduate students (two thirds PhD students, one third MSc students) where all can participate and be valued for their contributions to research teams. We offer an inclusive and highly¬†sociable environment where we put people first, recognise the value of quietly spoken scientists doing science well, and where we know enough about each other’s work to appreciate and support it.

We encourage you to investigate our opportunities for study.

Short courses for postgraduates and staff

The Institute offers a wide range of short courses as part of the MSc programmes in Quantitative Methods in Biodiversity, Conservation & Epidemiology and Animal Welfare Science, Ethics & Law. These courses were designed to enhance the training opportunities for all postgraduate students in BAHCM, with an emphasis on practical hands-on skills development.

PhD students and MRes students are therefore welcome to take these courses for credit, or sit-in on them to expand their skill set (space permitting). Similarly, postdoctoral research fellows and other members of staff would also be welcome.

Please email the individual course instructors if you would like to attend the courses, to determine if there is space and if so, to register your participation. Note that a laptop with wireless access is required for most courses.

The handbook below describes the courses available, draft schedule and contact details of course instructors



Undergraduate degrees

Staff from the Institute are also involved with teaching across a number of the undergraduate degrees administered by the School of Life Sciences, including BSc. Marine & Freshwater Biology and BSc. Zoology.

Find out more about these degrees and who teaches on them.

Undergraduates are exposed to some of the latest research developed by members of the Institute and the School of Life Sciences. They also have fantastic opportunities to actively engage in research, both within formal training (honours projects) and through summer studentships.


University of Glasgow Exploration Society (ExSoc)

University of Glasgow Exploration Society

The University is also unique in having an historic Exploration Society (ExSoc), which has been helping teams of undergraduate students explore the world on zoological and geographical expeditions for many years. The earliest record of a student expedition is 1920, and over the past 90 years hundreds of students have had the chance to undertake research in the field. Officially founded in 1957, the Glasgow University Exploration Society has been promoting exploration and scientific fieldwork by members of the University, both students and staff, by sending expeditions abroad in the summer vacation.

Read the expedition blogs for more information about the research taking place.