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MRes

Ecology and Environment

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, Faculty of Science

If you have a strong interest in biology, and a passion for creating and refining our knowledge about the living world, then a masters degree is excellent preparation for a career in research or industry.
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.

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Modules

Core modules

  • Advanced Trends in Biology
  • Advanced Biological Analysis
  • Research and Study Skills in Biology
  • Tutorials
  • Literature Review
  • Research Project

The research project accounts for half 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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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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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.