Taught course

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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.

Months of entry


Course content

Global ecological change is occurring at a rapid rate and we are seeing an unprecedented spread of diseases, collapses in biodiversity and disruption to ecosystems. We aim to understand not just patterns in the natural environment, but the ecological and evolutionary factors that drive them, from the behaviour of individual organisms to population and whole-community dynamics.

Through demonstrations and practical assignments, you will consider taxonomy, conservation and evolution, and delve into current developments in the field, including whole genome duplication and anthropogenic factors affecting rainforests.

In the second semester, you will have the opportunity to focus on a topic that interests you and conduct your own substantive six-month research project. This involves field sampling, experimentation, laboratory work and data analysis.

As this course is developed to give you a practical education, you will conduct fieldwork, lab projects and advanced analytical research and take part in a trip to Borneo.

Students take six compulsory taught modules which include Ecosystem Structure and Functioning; Research Frontiers in Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation; Statistics and Data Analysis; Biodiversity Loss – Challenges and Solution; Biodiversity Conservation Field Course and an Ecology and Evolution Research Project.

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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
  • PGCert
    full time
    4 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    PGCert: https://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/coursefinder/courses/ecology-and-evolutionary-biology-pgcert/


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations50
Written coursework / continuous assessment50

Course contact details

School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
+44 (0)20 7882 3328/5889