MSc Ecological Applications
Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2017
Campus: Silwood Park
ECTS: 90 credits
Prof Tim Barraclough
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.
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:
- Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
- Zoological Society of London
- Surrey Wildlife Trust
- British Trust for Ornithology
- Thomson Ecology
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.
You take all of the core modules below, which together make up 50% of the course.
- Advanced Statistics
- 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
- Social Context and Policy
- Statistics in R
- Surrey Wildlife Trust Group 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
- Online lecture materials
- Online seminar recordings
- Practical classes and field work
- Taxonomy e-diary exercise
You will be assessed by the methods below.
- Individual research project report
You are taught by experts in the field from the Department of Life Sciences as well as external partners from: Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, CABI, Surrey Wildlife Trust, Thomson Ecology, Zoological Society of London, and the British Trust for Ornithology.
Tuition fees and funding
The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.
For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.
Tuition fees (Home and EU students)
Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)
Postgraduate Master's loan
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. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.
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.
There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.
Accommodation and living costs
Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.
You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.
A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.
We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).
We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.
Minimum academic requirement
2.1 Honours degree in a science-based subject.
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 then please contact the relevant admissions team.
English language requirement (all applicants)
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.
How to apply
All applicants must apply online.
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 courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.
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.
For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.