2019 start
MRes

Ecology and Environment

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, Faculty of Science

Help tackle some of the global challenges facing humanity by gaining an in-depth understanding of how we maintain ecosystems in the face of environmental change.
Animal and Plant Sciences student in lab

Course description

Biodiversity is threatened by climate change and other consequences of the growing human population. To solve this, and some of the other global challenges facing humanity, we need researchers with an in-depth understanding of how we maintain ecosystems in the face of environmental change.

Our world-class research in this area spans topics including global change ecology, biodiversity science, tropical forest conservation, palaeoecology and palynology, urban ecology, environmental pollution, and agricultural ecology, giving students on this course the opportunity to contribute new knowledge in the field.

How to apply

Because of the research-intensive nature of this course, we ask you to include a short supporting statement with your application. This should explain how your interests and experience relate to the ecology and environment research we do in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, including which particular supervisors or research groups you would be most interested in working with.

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Modules

Core modules

  • Research Project
  • Literature Review 
  • Science Communication for Researchers
  • Scientific Skills and Project Management

The research project accounts for two-thirds of your final grade.

Teaching

Teaching is via:

  • Working in a research laboratory or on a field-based research project
  • Tutorials
  • Discussion groups
  • Attendance at seminars
  • Statistics and other workshops

Assessment

Assessment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Project report
  • Literature review
  • Critiques
  • Short reports and essays
  • Oral presentations including a viva

Duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

At least a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in biology or a closely related quantitative subject.

In addition you should be able to demonstrate evidence of aptitude and enthusiasm for research (eg an undergraduate research project).

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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Because of the research-intensive nature of this course, we ask you to include a short supporting statement with your application. Please see the course description above for more details.

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Contact

aps.pgadmissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 0123

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.