Taught course

Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics

Institution
Queen Mary, University of London · Biological and Chemical Sciences
Qualifications
MSc

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

September

Course content

Ecologists and evolutionary biologists now routinely use next generation DNA sequencing in their research, and graduates who are skilled in both genome analysis as well as ecology and evolution are rare. Genome-enabled approaches are helping rapidly to advance our understanding of the dynamic relationship between genotype, phenotype and the environment.

Our programme will give you cross-disciplinary skills in a rare combination of areas of expertise, from bioinformatics and evolutionary inference to computational biology and fieldwork. You will be taught by researchers who apply genomic methods to a wide range of issues in ecology and evolution, from bat food webs and genome evolution to microbial biodiversity in natural and engineered ecosystems.

For example, Professor Steve Rossiter carries out world-leading research on bat genome evolution, Dr Yannick Wurm has discovered a social chromosome in fire-ants, and Dr Richard Buggs is using genomic methods to find tree genes for resistance to ash dieback. This means that our teaching is informed by the latest developments, and individual projects can be at the leading edge of current progress. You will also benefit from state-of-the-art super-computing and informatics resources.

You will take six compulsory modules (15 credits each) including a 12 day field course in Borneo. The remaining 90 credits comprises an individual research project. Taught modules include Genome Bioinformatics, Coding for Scientists, Statistics and Bioinformatics and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Field Course (Borneo). Option modules include Research Frontiers in Evolutionary Biology and Post-genomic Bioinformatics.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
11,200
International students
21,950

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Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
Email
sbcs-pgadmissions@qmul.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 7882 3328/5889