Degree Programme Information

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.


Students completing this course will have obtained:

1) a rigorous training in quantitative methods used in evolutionary, ecological, environmental, and conservation science.

2) a broad introduction to the range of research concerned with biodiversity, from its past evolutionary roots to its future preservation.

3) research experience in pure and applied science in the diverse settings of a world-leading multidisciplinary university and two globally-renowned research organizations

4) transferable skills in quantitative data handling, oral and poster presentation, essay writing, reasoned argument, and critical thinking.

Degree Structure

This 1-year full-time programme will be comprised of three taught modules during the first term (October to December), followed by two 18-week research projects (January-April and May-September). The taught portion that comprise the first term of the programme is divided into three courses:

1) An intensive methods course (“Tools in Biodiversity Resesarch”) which will provide students with practical training in the variety of analytical tools using in pure and applied research in biodiversity, evolution, and conservation (30 credits)

2) A generic research skills course which will provide training in oral and poster presentations and other transferable skills (15 credits)

3) A seminar and discussion course (“Topics in Biodiversity Research”), in which students will attend a series of mandatory seminars at UCL, the Natural History Museum, and the Institute of Zoology which will serve as the subjects for essays and discussions (15 credits)

Each course will have required coursework, ranging from practicals to essays and presentations. The two research projects (60 credits each) will be marked based on a written dissertation and poster or oral presentation for each project. Students will be required to choose projects based at two different institutions (out of the three partner institutions) to ensure that they gain experience in a range of methods and topics.

Topics for Research Projects

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