Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) or an appropriate first degree and postgraduate qualification.
Months of entry
In response to the current crisis of species extinctions across the globe, research within this theme focuses on the evolution and maintenance of biodiversity with particular emphasis on conservation biology. Various questions in evolutionary biology and population dynamics are addressed, through specialisms in behavioural ecology, environmental physiology and terrestrial microbial ecology. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation of long-term experiments.
A key area of this theme is understanding how land management impacts upon biodiversity in the environment, and on the development of more effective management options to conserve the diversity of plant species. The School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences hosts the Floodplain Meadows Partnership, which specialises in the management, promotion and restoration of floodplain meadows in England and Wales. The ecology/conservation of a diverse range of plant and animal species is currently being studied, including brown hares in Yorkshire, bumblebees in Wiltshire and grassland ecology in Siberia. The techniques used range from field survey to experiments in controlled environments. There is a strong focus on citizen science approaches via the Evolution Megalab and iSpot.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- part time72 months
- full time36 months
- full time15 months
- part time24 months
Course contact details
- Michelle Aitken
- +44 (0)1908 332943