Ecology and Environment
Department of Animal and Plant Sciences,
Faculty of Science
This research-focused course allows you to spend 12 months embedded in one of our research groups, working alongside students and staff who are at the forefront of their research field.
Throughout your course, you’ll develop your research skills, giving you the opportunity to contribute new knowledge in your chosen area.
Whether you complete your research in the field, the lab or in industry, in the UK or abroad, your masters includes funding for your project. Previous students have conducted fieldwork in locations including Brazil, South Africa and Sweden as well as closer to home in the wonderful Peak District National Park on our doorstep.
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.
- Research Project
- Literature Review
- Science Communication for Researchers
- Scientific Skills and Project Management
The research project accounts for two-thirds of your final grade.
You’ll learn through a mixture of working in a research laboratory or on a field-based research project, tutorials, discussion groups, seminars, and statistics and other workshops.
Assessment includes, but is not limited to, a project report, literature review, critiques, short reports and essays and oral presentations, including a viva.
1 year full-time
“My specific project is investigating the impact of skid roads in Rondônia, Brazil, on young tree diversity and mortality, helping to gauge the sustainability of the operation and offer guidance on how to improve it in partnership with a sustainable logging company.”
A 2:1 BSc 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 score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
Fees and funding
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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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.