Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI

SAMS UHI is one of the UK's leading independent marine research institutes; located on Dunstaffnage bay on the west coast of Scotland, a premier diving and yachting area and with easy access to the mountains of Glencoe.

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 say

Coming to study marine science at SAMS UHI is one of the best decisions I have ever made. The teaching staff are friendly and at the forefront of science. Being situated in a small west Highland town has certainly not turned SAMS UHI into a scientific sleepy hollow: there is a sense of purpose and drive in the place that sweeps you along with it. Pete Taylor, PhD student

Going to Svalbard was an experience that will stay with me forever. The environment was so different from any other... Meeting new people from all over the world was one of the best parts of the experience... The social life in Longyearbyen was brilliant. Jill McColl, Graduate

My daughter has known the Oban area all her life and the opportunity to live and study there was a dream come true. She moved 400 miles from home but quickly settled and made new friends. SAMS UHI's BSc in Marine Science was interesting, varied and developed her ability and confidence in so many ways. She is now in Norway furthering her education on a Masters course but intends to return to Argyll on completion. I can recommend SAMS UHI to anyone considering a future in learning about our world. John Peterson