Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI

Is one of the UK's leading independent marine research institutes; located on Dunstaffnage bay on the west coast of Scotland.

An internationally recognised centre of expertise in marine environmental science

SAMS UHI delivers cutting edge research into marine systems science. Current research topics include: climate change, marine renewable energy and the Arctic.

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What our students, graduates and staff say

I am extremely honoured by the Student of the Year 2016 and Tripartite Undergraduate Dissertation Prize awards and I’d like to thank all the staff and my fellow students at the Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI for their unrivalled help and support throughout my final year. I'm now studying an MSc in climate change at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, however SAMS UHI will always be my home university in my head and in my heart.

Samuel Black, BSc (Hons) Marine Science graduate

The reputation for the BSc (Hons) Marine Science at the Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI, was so high that I chose to study here. During your studies you are taught by respected scientists in their field; offered hands-on experience in the industry; and taught course material which is relevant and up-to-date.

Sarahjane Pugh, BSc (Hons) Marine Science student who relocated from Birmingham to Oban to study at SAMS UHI

I discovered the course through a friend who was already enrolled. She lived in the Arctic for her 3rd year of studies and I went to visit her. I had such a good time and met so many wonderful people, both studying with the university and from around the world, that I was inspired to go on to further studies.

I love the opportunities that students can get involved in; there are so many projects going on and by simply asking and showing a keen interest in an area of study you can get involved and get stuck in. The lecturers and support staff always have time if you show willing and that is really encouraging. So far this year I have been out on several boat trips, launched underwater gliders, am involved in active work in the geochemistry lab and will be heading out on a 3 week cruise to Iceland over the summer! Not bad!

James Coogan, BSc (Hons) Marine Science with Arctic Studies student

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