Research course

Evolution and Human Behaviour

Institution
Newcastle University · Faculty Research, Teaching and Graduate School
Qualifications
MRes

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in:

  • any biological or behavioural science discipline, including anthropology, psychology and linguistics
  • or an MBBS/BDS degree

This programme accepts both medical and dental students wishing to take a master's degree as an intercalation. You will need to have successfully completed your third or fourth year of study.

Practical laboratory work experience is desirable, although not essential. The modules you can study may depend on your academic background.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The MRes is a research-based course with a taught component. It provides a springboard into a career that involves a working knowledge of scientific research.

What you'll learn

The taught component of the course includes training in research approaches relevant to the area of Evolution and Human Behaviour. You have the flexibility to develop your own bespoke course by selecting a set of three complementary modules. Recommended modules, include:

  • Comparative Cognition (MMB8043)
  • Sensory Systems (MMB8019)
  • The Biological Basis of Psychiatric Illness and its Treatment (MMB8010)

You will also participate in training in general research principles, and other professional and key skills.

The core module on the biological study of behaviour introduces the central questions related to Evolution and Human Behaviour research (adaptive consequences, proximate mechanisms, development, and evolutionary history) and the research methods associated with each. Other relevant modules focus on:

  • Comparative cognition
  • Sensory systems
  • Psychiatric disorders and their treatment.

Research-led seminars delivered by members of the Centre for Behaviour and Evolution cover evolutionary psychology areas such as:

  • Human mate choice
  • Altruism and cooperation
  • Food choices and obesity
  • Comparative and developmental psychology of cognition.

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Information for international students

Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in all other sub-skills). Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course. You may need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate.

Fees and funding

See Fees and Funding tab in the Programme information in our online Prospectus.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Name
Medical Sciences Graduate School
Email
mres-enquiries@ncl.ac.uk