Research course


Anglia Ruskin University · Department of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

Candidates seeking admission to the degree of MPhil or MPhil with possibility of transfer to PhD will normally be required to hold a first or upper second class honours degree of a university, or any other institution of higher education in the UK with degree-awarding powers or a qualification which is regarded by Anglia Ruskin as equivalent to a first or upper second class honours degree.

Months of entry

January, October, June, April

Course content

Our Zoology research is carried out through our Animal and Environment Research Group (AERG), an interdisciplinary community of scientists working with relevant external organisations and industries in order to improve our understanding of the natural world and provide innovative solutions to the urgent and complex global issues of sustainability, ethical resource use and biodiversity loss. Our research has impact through conservation and wildlife management policy and through the animal-based leisure and food production economies. We operate in both human-dominated and 'natural' landscapes.

We have particular strengths in animal behaviour and welfare; palaeoclimate research; ecosystem restoration; biodiversity and taxonomy. We have been able to enhance and build on these areas by transferring intellectual experience as well as statistical, genetic and chemical analytical techniques and geographic information system (GIS) expertise. This has led us to develop a number of exciting new research projects and take advantage of emerging opportunities in a diverse yet coherent way.

Information for international students

To apply for our postgraduate Research Degrees, students from outside the European Union require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent test score). For more information on international entry requirements please visit our International Student webpages.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Aside from self-funding or funding by your employer, charities and trusts (competitively sought after, as are Research Council Awards), career, graduate, and professional study loans may be available. Visit: for information on educational trusts, or for bank loans at competitive rates. Alternatively, visit your local high-street bank for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 - 60 months
part time
36 - 72 months


part time
30 - 48 months
full time
18 - 36 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Science & technology Admissions Team
0845 271 3333