MSc Ecology, Evolution and Conservation

Key information

Start date: October 2017
Campus: Silwood Park
ECTS: 90 credits

Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
3 years part-time

Course Director
Dr Joseph Tobias

Open to applications
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Overview

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.

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.

Core modules

  • 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
  • GIS
  • Introduction to R and Statistics
  • Lundy Island Field trip
  • Paleobiology
  • Phylogenetic reconstruction
  • Population genetics and ecology
  • Research Project

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

  • Case studies
  • Computer-based work
  • E-exams
  • Formal presentations
  • Group work exercises
  • Individual research project can include placements
  • Lectures
  • Online learning material
  • Practical classes and field work
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Exams
  • Projects (including thesis, viva and presentation)

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

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2017 entry
Full-time £9,600
Part-time (2 years) £4,800 per year*
Part-time (3 years) £3,200 per year* 

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

Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)

2017 entry
Full-time £19,600
Part-time (2 years) £9,800 per year*
Part-time (3 years) £6,533 per year* 

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

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to 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.

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.

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.

Admissions

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.

Admissions

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 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.

ATAS certificate

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

Further information

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Contact us

Enquiries
E: amanda.ellis@imperial.ac.uk

Imperial students

Applying for your visa

Visit the International Student Support website for information on applying for a visa.

Imperial students

Scholarships

Use our search tool to find scholarships from Imperial, plus non-Imperial scholarships.