The learning outcomes of this course are intended to provide the skills and knowledge for students with an undergraduate degree in biology to move into the professional photographic and imaging field. It is also intended as a potential stepping-stone into further postgraduate research in scientific imaging, such as a PhD.
You will gain experience in analysing the biological content and scientific value of images produced in various ways. You will also gain an appreciation of the ways that imaging enhances scientific discovery and communication.
You will be provided with an up-to-date technical knowledge of digital stills production, image processing and manipulation, filmmaking techniques, web design, 3-D technology and more.
You will gain experience in outdoor photography techniques for capturing images of animals and plants in their environment, and training in the studio for organisms that can be handled indoors.
You will participate in a dedicated microscopy module that will allow you to produce images using light, scanning electron and fluorescence microscopes. You will also learn how to analyse these images and interpret data from them.
You will gain an appreciation of the commercial application of imaging as well as skills in business and project planning. You will also be advised on the legal principles of copyright and ownership of the images that you produce.
The MSc is a full-time course and lasts for 12 months, with a September start each year. Teaching methods and delivery of each module will be partly determined by content but it is anticipated that at least half of the student’s time will be spent completing practical tasks in the computer lab, studio or field. The teaching week is split into teaching days and days where you are free to complete assignments. In each semester, typically there will be one day per week devoted to each of the three modules (three days total), and two days for assignment completion.
Most of the teaching will occur during the autumn and spring semesters with the final project running during the summer. Students are required to complete six compulsory modules (20 credits each) and a final project (60 credits) on a topic relevant to biological photography and imaging. The topic will be subject to the approval of the Course Director.
The pass mark for the MSc is 50%. Students failing to achieve that grade may be given the opportunity to obtain a Diploma in recognition of work already completed if they achieve a grade between 40-49%. Diploma students do not undertake a final 60 credit project.