Study and research opportunities


eDNA sampling on Loch Ness

Undergraduate degrees

The Rivers and Lochs Institute does not offer a specialised undergraduate degree, however, it has close links with our BSc Environmental Science.


Internships can be arranged for undergraduate or postgraduate students to gain relevant experience in freshwater ecology and biodiversity.

Continuous professional development (CPD)

Information on available CPD courses

Postgraduate degrees

Four programmes of research study are available:

  • Post-Doctoral Research: the Rivers and Lochs Institute is currently expanding both its laboratory and fieldwork capacity;
  • Doctoral Research: the Rivers and Loches Institute upports Doctoral Research programmes in molecular genetics and freshwater biodiversity. There are currently 6 PhD students at the Institute.
  • A Master by Research can be studied part-time (two years) or full-time (one year). The programme of study is entirely by research and can be a topic of the student’s choice, or may be a project offered by staff and associates of the Rivers and Lochs Institute.
  • An MRes programme in Freshwater Biodiversity is currently being developed by the Rivers and Lochs Institute and will be available (subject to validation) by August 2018. This will comprise 40% taught modules and a 60% research thesis.

Find out about current postgraduate research opportunities