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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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£13,285 (FT)
Overseas:
£23,690 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015
Scholarship applicants:
31 March 2015

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

Select your country:

Degree Information

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.

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).

Core Modules

  • Research Skills
  • Current Topics in Biodiversity, Evolution & Conservation Research
  • Analytical Tools in Biodiversity, Evolutionary and Conservation Research
  • Research Project I
  • Research Project II

Options

  • There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation MRes

Funding

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Value:
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Overseas Master's students on one of the 10 eligible programmes, who are nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country, and not currently living or studying in a developed country. The students must hold a first degree at either first- or upper second-class level and be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the programme. Applicants must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country, nor have been employed by a government department (at national level) or a parastatal organisation (employees of universities are normally acceptable). Students must be be willing to confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Value:
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Overseas Master's students on one of the 10 eligible programmes, who are nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country, and not currently living or studying in a developed country. The students must hold a first degree at either first- or upper second-class level and be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the programme. Applicants must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country, nor have been employed by a government department (at national level) or a parastatal organisation (employees of universities are normally acceptable). Students must be be willing to confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Value:
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Overseas Master's students on one of the 10 eligible programmes, who are nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country, and not currently living or studying in a developed country. The students must hold a first degree at either first- or upper second-class level and be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the programme. Applicants must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country, nor have been employed by a government department (at national level) or a parastatal organisation (employees of universities are normally acceptable). Students must be be willing to confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete.

MSc Neuroscience Departmental Scholarship

Value:
£2,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective students of the MSc in Neuroscience.

MSc Neuroscience Departmental Scholarship

Value:
£2,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective students of the MSc in Neuroscience.

MSc Neuroscience Departmental Scholarship

Value:
£2,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective students of the MSc in Neuroscience.

MSc Genetics of Human Disease - UGI Masters Excellence Scholarships

Value:
£2,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
For prospective overseas students applying for the MSc in the Genetics of Human Disease.

MSc Genetics of Human Disease - UGI Masters Excellence Scholarships

Value:
£2,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
For prospective overseas students applying for the MSc in the Genetics of Human Disease.

MSc Genetics of Human Disease - UGI Masters Excellence Scholarships

Value:
£2,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
For prospective overseas students applying for the MSc in the Genetics of Human Disease.

MSc in Pharmacogenetics & Stratified Medicine - UGI Masters Prize Scholarships

Value:
£2,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
These are available to the outstanding overseas students who are offered a place on the course but are experiencing financial hardship

MSc in Pharmacogenetics & Stratified Medicine - UGI Masters Prize Scholarships

Value:
£2,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
These are available to the outstanding overseas students who are offered a place on the course but are experiencing financial hardship

MSc in Pharmacogenetics & Stratified Medicine - UGI Masters Prize Scholarships

Value:
£2,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
These are available to the outstanding overseas students who are offered a place on the course but are experiencing financial hardship

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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.

Employability

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.

Why 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).

Student / staff ratios › 178 staff › 121 taught students › 289 research students

Department: Division of Biosciences

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-07-31
Scholarship applicants
2015-03-31
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 as early as possible, as applications will be evaluated and offers made on a rolling basis.

For more information see our Applications page.

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