Taught course


University of Brighton · School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences

Entry requirements

Normally, a good first degree (upper second class honours) in a relevant scientific discipline (eg ecology, environmental science, biology, zoology). Students with degrees that do not fall into this category, but have significant relevant experience, will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

This degree provides an opportunity to develop expertise in both ecological theory and research. Based in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences and working with academic staff from the university's biogeography and ecology group, students have the opportunity to obtain experience in a wide range of modern research techniques relating to ecology.

Drawing on the expertise of members within the research group, students are able to undertake a significant piece of ecological research on a wide range of biological taxa including invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and plants. With an emphasis placed on undertaking novel ecological research, this degree offers an excellent preparation for both further academic study and industry-based careers.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 overall and 6.0 in writing.

Fees and funding

Bursaries available for 2014

Students considering applying for the MRes programme in this coming academic year (September 2014) also have the opportunity to undertake specific research projects on the following three topics. Each project will carry a bursary of £2000 towards course tuition fees. The bursary will not cover consumables costs, which will need to be discussed and agreed with the supervisor (maximum £1000).
1. Small fish monitoring in East Sussex coast - assessing the impact of anthropogenic actions on fish populations. Supervisor: Dr Corina Ciocan
2. Great Crested Newt in the South Downs National Park (own car required). Supervisor: Dr Inga Zeisset.
3. Testing a novel device for reducing domestic cat predation of UK garden birds. Supervisor: Dr Bryony Tolhurst.

For more information on these projects please contact the MRes course administrator, Claire Thompson, at: pabsschooloffice@brighton.ac.uk. Please ensure when you apply for the above projects, you indicate which one, or more, you wish to be considered for. Applications for bursaries require an application, recent CV and a cover letter to explain why you are applying for the project.

The deadline for applying for 2014 entry and bursary funded projects is 31st May 2014. The deadline for standard applications is 31st July 2014.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

School Office
+44 (0)1273 642684