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Contact details

Academic contacts: Dr Anjali Goswami; Dr Max Reuter
Administrative contact:
Miss Anushka Magan

Email: a.goswami@ucl.ac.uk; m.reuter@ucl.ac.uk; a.magan@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 2190/2201

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£12,500 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£22,250 (FT)

Programme fees include a £2,000 bench fee for research expenses. A number of scholarships will be offered to outstanding applicants (UK/EU and Overseas) for payment against bench fees.

Further information is available on the department's website

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

More information

Prospectus Entry

Biosciences (Division of)

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

Interdisciplinary: not an assessed unit
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation MRes

Biodiversity, evolution and conservation are of growing importance due to climate change, extinction, and habitat destruction. This new research-led programme is run in collaboration with the Institute of Zoology and the Natural History Museum, providing a rigorous training and unparalleled opportunities across the full breadth of pure and applied research in evolutionary, ecological, and conservation science.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Taught courses will focus on cutting-edge quantitative tools in ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, bioinformatics, systematics, palaeobiology, conservation, and environmental biology. Seminars, journal clubs and the two research projects will provide students with diverse opportunities for experience at UCL Genetics, Evolution and Environment, the Natural History Museum and the Institute of Zoology.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

This new programme is an innovative collaboration between three globally-renowned organisations: UCL Genetics, Evolution and Environment, the Natural History Museum and the Institute of Zoology.

By consolidating research expertise across these three organisations, students will gain a unique and exceptionally broad understanding of ties among different fields of research relating to the generation and preservation of biodiversity.

The MRes offers diverse research opportunities; these include the possibility of engaging actively in fundamental and applied research and participating in the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (based at the Natural History Museum) or the EDGE of Existence programme (based at the Zoological Society of London).

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of five core modules: Research Skills (15 credits), Current topics in Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation (15 credits), Analytical Tools in Biodiversity and Evolutionary Research (30 credits), and two research projects (120 credits).

Core Modules

  • Research Skills
  • Seminar Series
  • Analytical Tools in Biodiversity and Evolutionary Research
  • Research Project I
  • Research Project II


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


All students undertake two 16-week research projects, which each culminate in a written dissertation, and poster or oral presentation.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, presentations, assigned papers, as well as data analysis and interpretation. The seminar series includes mandatory seminars at UCL, the Natural History Museum and the Institute of Zoology. Assessment is through essays, project reports, presentations and practicals. The two research projects are assessed by dissertation, and poster or oral presentation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

Normally, a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in life sciences, environmental sciences or related subject area, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with an appropriate professional qualification and relevant work experience may also apply.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The closing date for all applications is 2 August 2013, however early application is strongly advised due to competition for places.

Those applying for a scholarship to cover bench fees must apply by 31 March 2013. If you would like to be considered for a bench fees scholarship please indicate this in Section 26 of the graduate student application.

Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) must submit their applications by 31 March 2013, and preferably earlier as applications will be evaluated and offers made on a rolling basis.

Who can apply?

This is an ideal course for highly-motivated students interested in the breadth of evolutionary, ecological, and conservation science and seeking a programme to provide a foundation in both pure and applied research in biodiversity.


This programme offers students a strong foundation with which to pursue careers in academic research, environmental policy and management, applied conservation, public health, or scientific journalism.

The first cohort of students on this new programme are due to graduate in 2013, therefore no information about career destinations is currently available.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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