MRes Ecosystem and Environmental Change

Key information

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

Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Course Director
Prof Tim Barraclough
Dr Jason Hodgson

Open to applications
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Overview

This course provides high-level research training in the latest developments in the conservation of ecosystems and the environment.

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

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 £4,800 per year*

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

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)

2017 entry
Full-time £19,600
Part-time £9,800 per year*

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

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

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 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 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 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

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Contact us

Enquiries
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