Ecology studentsECTS: 90 credits
Start date: October 2017
Duration: 1 year full-time
Location: Silwood Park

This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.

This course provides both theoretical and hands-on training in the application of ecological and evolutionary science to planning, monitoring, sustainable pest and population management and control.

About the course


This course is for students interested in a career in applied ecology or ecological consultancy, as well as those wishing to progress to a PhD in ecology or evolution.

Based at Silwood Park Campus, an internationally renowned centre of excellence for ecological research, the course is run with outside partners such as:

Each module is taught by a leading researcher in that field, focusing on the practical, quantitative and analytical skills that would be attractive to a diverse range of ecological employers (for instance, industry, government or NGOs) as well as being useful for a career in research.


Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Core modules

You take all of the core modules below, which together make up 50% of the course.

  • Advanced Statistics
  • Agroecology
  • Biological Computing in R
  • Biological Control and IPM
  • Ecology and Global Change
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Microbiology I and II
  • Field Course at Silwood
  • Generalized Linear Models
  • GIS
  • Social Context and Policy
  • Statistics in R
  • Surrey Wildlife Trust Group Project
Research project

You complete an extensive research report over 22 weeks in applied ecology, which accounts for 50% of your MSc.

Teaching and assessment


You will experience the following teaching methods.

  • Case studies
  • Computer-based work
  • Formal presentations
  • Group work exercises
  • Laboratory
  • Lectures
  • Online lecture materials
  • Online seminar recordings
  • Practical classes and field work
  • Seminars
  • Taxonomy e-diary exercise
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops


You will be assessed by the methods below.

  • Coursework
  • Dissertations
  • E-Diary
  • Essays
  • Individual research project report
  • Presentations
  • Viva

Staff expertise

You are taught by experts in the field from the Department of Life Sciences as well as external partners from: Centre for Ecology and HydrologyCABISurrey Wildlife TrustThomson EcologyZoological Society of London, and the British Trust for Ornithology.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

2.1 Honours degree in a science-based subject.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying for then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirements

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:


Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:


Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs. 

Funding from Imperial


We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most of our postgraduate courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full. We therefore recommend applying early to avoid disappointment, especially students who will also be applying for funding or applying for a visa.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

ATAS Certificate
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.