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Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 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 high-level research training in the latest developments in the conservation of ecosystems and the environment.

About the course

Overview

This cutting-edge interdisciplinary programme, which covers the physical, life and social sciences, is designed to develop the solid theoretical grounding, skills and real-world experience that employers are looking for. It also provides an understanding of how to ensure that research has real-world impact. This will best prepare students for a career in research and possible PhD studies.

This MRes is offered as a 12-month full-time programme, or a two-year part time option, which may particularly appeal to those candidates already in employment in a relevant field.

Graduates of this course are ideally placed to work for large international or small local NGOs, contribute to the work of international organisations such as the UN and World Bank, or advise government policy.

Many graduates may aspire to continuing within academia after graduation, and will find that this MRes will set them apart from other PhD candidates.

Structure

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

The course involves 8 weeks of full-time teaching of core skills and 9 months of project-based research training.

Taught modules

  • Environmental and biological data sources and GIS
  • Statistics and programming
  • Understanding and modelling changes in the physical environment
  • Understanding and modelling changes in biological systems
  • Understanding and modelling changes in social-ecological systems
  • Understanding and modelling policy responses to grand challenges
  • Communicating your message, including scientific writing and engaging with stakeholders

Additionally, MRes students are able to attend many transferable skills modules, that include:

  • A one week induction module, including a series of seminars in Grand Challenges in Ecosystems and the Environment research
  • Attendance at workshops and guest lectures within the Grand Challenges in Ecosystems and the Environment initiative
  • A one-week summer school on ‘Grand Challenges in Ecosystems and the Environment’
  • Training in complementary skills, personal development and business
  • Weekly reading groups
  • Preparing a CV

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

2.1 Honours degree in a science-based subject and, ideally, experience in environmental research or policy, and a strong interest in following a research career in this field.

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:
  • £9,600 full-time
  • £4,800* per year part-time

Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:
  • £19,600 full-time
  • £9,800* per year part-time

* 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 onlineFor 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 required for overseas students applying for this course. Your Tier 4 visa application, or extension of stay, will automatically be refused if you need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide one.

For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate please see the information on our International Student Support team website.

Further information

Find out more about the MRes in Ecosystem and Environmental Change, including more detailed course content.