Research course

Ecosystems and Environmental Change

Imperial College London · Department of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

The minimum qualification for admission is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree in an appropriate subject from an UK academic institution, or an equivalent overseas qualification. Candidates with extensive relevant work experience but a lower degree may also be considered for the course. All candidates should ideally show experience in environmental research or policy, and a strong interest in following a research career in this field. Additionally, we welcome professionals working within government, NGOs or research institutes, who wish to develop their skills. The part time option for the course will be particularly attractive to these candidates.

Months of entry


Course content

Many challenges facing society depend on the interaction between ecological systems, the environment and human wellbeing. Yet our current understanding of these complex systems is mostly insufficient for science-based intervention. Imperial College’s Grand Challenges in Ecosystems and the Environment Initiative is based at its Silwood Park campus; an internationally recognised centre of excellence for ecology research, and aims to fill this gap with a unique and innovative Masters in Research course.

This MRes gives students the opportunity to work on active projects alongside leading academics from many different disciplines, allowing them to create real-world impact during the course of their research.

Course Overview

The course will provide students with a cutting-edge interdisciplinary programme, providing high-level research training in the latest developments in the conservation of ecosystems and the environment, covering the physical, life, and social sciences, as well as an understanding of how to ensure that research has real-world impact. This will best prepare students for a career in Grand Challenges in Ecosystems and the Environment research and possible PhD studies.

This MRes is offered as a 12-month full-time programme, or a two-year part time option; which may particularly appeal to those candidates already in employment in a relevant field.

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Amanda Ellis