Taught course

Tropical Forest Ecology

Imperial College London · Ecology and Evolution

Entry requirements

The minimum qualification for admission is normally an Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) degree in a science-based subject (biology, ecology, physics, engineering, geography) from an UK academic institution or an equivalent overseas qualification. Extensive relevant work experience with a lower degree will be considered in special cases.

Months of entry


Course content

The objective of this MRes is to provide cutting-edge interdisciplinary programme that attracts and trains to a high level the best students from around the world, who are interested to pursue a research career in tropical forest ecology.

The aim is to provide students with high-level research training in the latest developments in tropical forest ecology, covering the physical and biological aspects of the forest ecosystem and with emphasis on understanding the linkages between these two components. This will best prepare students for a career in tropical forest ecology and possible PhD studies.

The MRes involves a taught field course in Malaysia, and it is anticipated that students will work in a wide range of additional tropical nations for their project work. The field course will provide an opportunity for students to interact with Malaysian and international students and lecturers conducting research at the Maliau Basin Field Centre and working on one of the world's largest ecological experiments, the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems (SAFE) Project. Training on the field course will include working collaboratively with researchers at the SAFE Project, directly embedding you in an active global network of more than 150 researchers.

External projects will further expose you to tropical forest research in an international context. We strongly encourage students to seek out international partners to work on their projects, ensuring project work has direct relevance to national and international needs in this discipline.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment40

Course contact details

Amanda Ellis