Ecology student

Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 or 3 years part-time
Start date: October 2017
LocationSilwood Park
ECTS: 90 credits


This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.

This course provides broad research training in ecology, evolution and conservation, focusing on fundamental concepts and theory, and their application to conservation and biodiversity science.

About the course

Overview

This interdisciplinary course provides broad research training in ecology, evolution and conservation, focusing on fundamental concepts and theory, and their application to conservation and biodiversity science.

Based at Silwood Park Campus, an internationally renowned centre of excellence for ecological research, the taught course covers a range of topics, each taught by a leading researcher in that field. These internationally recognised experts use their own research as model systems to illustrate the fundamental scientific principles that underpin the study topics.

External visitors from a range of conservation organisations will highlight the issues around applying science to practical conservation. 

You also complete a five-month research project on a topic of your choice.

The MSc course offers a wider range of instruction across a large set of research areas, allowing you to gain a clear insight into your own research interests from among current research topics. The MRes course hits the ground running: the greater focus on independent research allows you to specialise in your existing research interests.

Both courses are suitable for those interested in a career in applied ecology or conservation, or in preparing for a PhD.

Structure

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

The course comprises a series of week-long compulsory modules covering the fundamental concepts and applications of ecology, evolution and conservation:

  • Introduction to ecology, evolution and conservation, including hands-on involvement in a series of research case studies
  • Conservation and management, including visits and discussion workshops on case studies of conservation in action with professionals from conservation bodies
  • Evolutionary analysis, covering state-of-the-art approaches to solving evolutionary problems
  • Ecology and ecosystems, applying ecological principles and methods covered in earlier elements to complex systems and real ecosystems
  • Statistical computing, focusing on analytical skills essential for a career in modern whole-organism biology

You also undertake a research project of approximately 22 weeks, which will provide extensive training in research skills and scientific publication.

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 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:
  • £9,600 full-time
  • £4,800* per year for part-time students (2 year course)
  • £3,200* per year for part-time students (3 year course)

Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:
  • £19,600 full-time
  • £9,800* per year for part-time students (2 year course)
  • £6,533* per year for part-time students (3 year course)

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

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

Scholarships

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.

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.

ATAS Certificate

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

Further information

Find out more about the MSc in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, including more detailed course content.