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.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- UK/EU Full-time: £12,900
- Overseas Full-time: £23,000
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
- Scholarship applicants: 31 March 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
Taught courses will focus on cutting-edge quantitative tools in ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, bioinformatics, systematics, palaeobiology, conservation, biogeography 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 & Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research, the Natural History Museum and the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London.
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 & Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research, the Natural History Museum and the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London.
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 conservation 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).
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 and Conservation Research (30 credits), and two 16-week research projects (120 credits).
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 (Zoological Society of London). 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:
Scholarships available for this department
This scholarship is to assist prospective Master's students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the United Kingdom. Students must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country and must hold the equivalent of a UK first- or upper second-class undergraduate degree. Students must have applied to study one of the 10 eligible Master's programmes. Students must return to their home country on completion of their degree.
These awards are based on academic merit and/or financial need.
This Scholarship is specifically design for those students who are experiencing financial hardship.
Based on financial need
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Good
How to apply
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Those applying for a scholarship to cover bench fees must apply by 1 August 2014. 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 1 August 2014, 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 graduated in 2013, therefore no information about career destinations is currently available.
This programme offers students a stong foundation with which to pursue careers in academic research, environmental policy and management, applied conservation, public health, or scientific journalism.
Professor Kate Jones
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