MSc Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
Start date: October 2017
Location: Silwood 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
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.
Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.
- Advanced Statistics
- Behavioural Ecology
- Biological Computing in R
- Ecology and global change
- Evolutionary and community ecology
- Field Ecology Skills
- General and generalised Linear Modelling
- Genetic mechanisms for biodiversity
- Genomics and Bioinformatics
- Introduction to R and Statistics
- Lundy Island Field trip
- Phylogenetic reconstruction
- Population genetics and ecology
- Research Project
Teaching and assessment
- Case studies
- Computer-based work
- Formal presentations
- Group work exercises
- Individual research project can include placements
- Online learning material
- Practical classes and field work
- Projects (including thesis, viva and presentation)
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 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
- £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
- £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.
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.
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.