MRes in Biodiversity, Evolution & Conservation

Biodiversity is vital for providing food, fuel, clean water and other ecosystem services that our wellbeing depends upon. However, factors such as habitat loss and climate change are resulting in widespread loss of diversity and challenging the heath and persistence of ecosystems. This MRes provides training in scientific approaches to studying and preserving biodiversity. The research led programme covers both basic research on the evolutionary and ecological processes that produced our present biodiversity, and applied research on how to preserve this biodiversity in the future. Students photo



UCL Department of Genetics, Evolution, and Environment


Natural History Museum


Institute of Zoology

  • Emphasis on quantitative approaches to research in evolution, ecology, and conservation will offer students a strong foundation with which to pursue careers in academic research, environmental policy and management, applied conservation, public health, or scientific journalism. Taught courses will focus on cutting-edge quantitative tools in ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, bioinformatics, systematics, palaeobiology, conservation, and environmental biology.
  • Seminars and journal clubs rotating across UCL, the Natural History Museum, and the Institute of Zoology will grant students a unique and exceptionally broad understanding of ties among different fields of research relating to the generation and preservation of biodiversity. Two 18-week research projects will provide students with diverse opportunities for experience in the field-, lab-, collections-based, and theoretical research occurring at the three different institutions. The many possible research projects also include the prospect of participating in international initiatives, such as the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (with researchers based at the Natural History Museum) or the EDGE (Evolutionary Distinct and Globally Endangered) of Existence programme, based at the Zoological Society of London.

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For further academic information please contact:

Prof Kate Jones or Dr. Max Reuter

For further administrative information please contact:

Ms Sue Walsh

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