Research course

Molecular Evolution

Institution
University of Nottingham · School of Biology
Qualifications
MRes

Entry requirements

2:2 degree (or international equivalent) in a related subject; professional experience may also be considered.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The MRes in Molecular Evolution involves the study of the evolutionary relationships among organisms and gene families using molecular methods, with evolutionary trees (phylogenies) generated from the analysis of DNA and protein sequences.

The programme involves both laboratory work (DNA extraction, PCR and sequencing) and bioinformatics (DNA sequence alignment and phylogeny reconstruction).

Research projects are available in: the evolutionary relationships in the molluscs (in particular, the land snails) and the link between molluscan phylogenies and biogeography; the molecular taxonomy of spiders and the link between rates of molecular and morphological diversification; studies on the evolution of spider silk gene families and the relationship between silk diversification and speciation; studies on the phylogeny of the foraminifera and the distribution of different genetic types across the oceans.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

International students compete for scholarships (mainly fees-only) offered by ORS, Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Scholarships and various University of Nottingham International Office schemes. The International Office offers a range of opportunities. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Life Sciences web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration

MRes

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Elizabeth Wilson
Email
life-sciences-pgr@nottingham.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)115 823 0311