Research course

Evolutionary Biology

Institution
University of Sussex · School of Life Sciences
Qualifications
MRes

Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

If you are a non-EEA or Swiss national we must receive your application by 1 August because you will need to obtain clearance by the UK Government Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) for this degree. Find out more about ATAS.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Sussex has long been a centre of excellence for evolutionary biology, counting John Maynard Smith among its founding members. By studying with us you’ll develop into a researcher capable of contributing to the grand challenges of antibiotic resistance, cancer and environmental change.

This research-focused degree is based on our strengths in evolutionary biology, from the evolution of sociality, symbioses and sexual conflict to the process and effect of mutations. You’ll study how and why organisms are the way they are, and how this affects fundamental parts of our lives.

Key facts

Ranked 8th in the UK for research output in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Situated in the Brighton and Lewes Downs UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and surrounded by the South Downs National Park.

Linked with the Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems Research Group, which includes researchers from computational science to philosophy, and investigate topics such as adaptive robotics, neural modelling and artificial life.

How will I study?

In the autumn and spring terms, you’ll have access to a variety of taught modules, including our unique field modules in tropical rainforest and Mediterranean regions.

From the spring term onwards, you’ll be researching real-world problems in close contact with your supervisor. This forms part of the in-depth research project that forms a core part of this course, and ultimately aims to produce a scientific publication.

Taught modules are assessed via:

  • essays
  • reports
  • presentations.
  • The project is assessed with a dissertation.

Information for international students

Postgraduate Masters Loan

Borrow up to £10,000 to contribute to your postgraduate study.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Postgraduate Masters Loan

Borrow up to £10,000 to contribute to your postgraduate study.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Qualification and course duration

MRes

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
School of Life Sciences
Email
lifesci@sussex.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1273 678057