Taught course

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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

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

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.

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You will study the concepts and theory that will help you understand factors underpinning global ecology and evolutionary change, including modern techniques for environmental process research, invasive species ecology and conservation genetics. Students also learn techniques important for environmental policy and management; and, as such, our graduates are well-placed to progress onto PhD research or careers in industry, consultancy and conservation.

Students will have access to ‘state of the art’ analytical research facilities at the Freshwater Biological Association's River Laboratory on the River Frome in Dorset, through our River Communities Research Group. In Dorset students learn how to convert science to policy with our River Communities Group. We also offer field courses in Asia for firsthand experience of theory in action.

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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 Ecological Theory and Applications, Ecosystem Structure and Functioning, Statistics and Bioinformatics, Research Frontiers in Evolutionary Biology, Science into Policy and Management and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Field Course.

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

PGCert

full time
4 months

Further details of qualification

PGCert: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/coursefinder/courses/121559.html MSc: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/coursefinder/courses/121409.html

Assessment

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

Course contact details

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