Taught course

Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics

Queen Mary, University of London · Biological and Chemical Sciences

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Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class BSc (Hons) degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a relevant subject, such as ecology, environmental science, biology or zoology. Applicants with a good lower second class degree may be considered on an individual basis, taking into account relevant background and related achievements.

This programme includes one compulsory overseas field course to Borneo, during which students should expect to have to undertake physically-demanding work in remote locations. Applicants for the programme from outside the UK should ensure that there are no residency or travel restrictions that would prevent them from attending this course. Applicants with any disability that impacts upon their ability to undertake such activities should seek advice from the School before applying for this programme.

Costs for flights, accommodation and meals are fully covered by the tuition fees - you will not have to contribute additional funds towards this field trip.

Months of entry


Course content

Graduates who are skilled in genome analysis as well as ecology and evolution are rare. This ground-breaking course offers a unique combination of expertise, from bioinformatics and evolutionary inference to computational biology and fieldwork.

Global ecological change is occurring at a rapid rate and we are seeing a remarkable spread of diseases, collapses in biodiversity and disruption to ecosystems. In this course you will cover the bioinformatics methods, algorithms and resources used for tasks such as sequence assembly, gene finding and genome annotation, phylogenetics, analysis of genomic variance among populations, genome wide association studies and prediction of gene structure and function.

You’ll also master next-generation DNA sequencing and delve into current developments in the field, and get invaluable experience using relevant existing bioinformatics tools, data formats and databases.

As this practical course is specially developed to give you a practical education, you will conduct advanced analytical research during a two-week tropical ecology field trip to Borneo.

In the second semester, you have the opportunity to delve into a topic that interests you and conduct your own substantive six-month research project.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
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