Evolution and Behaviour
Department of Animal and Plant Sciences,
Faculty of Science
The connection between how organisms have evolved and how they behave is a fundamental principle of biology. It can show us why organisms are the way they are, and answer deep questions about the diversity of life on earth.
Our world-class research in this area spans topics including animal behaviour, molecular ecology, sexual selection and sexual conflict, speciation, the evolutionary genomics of adaptation, evolutionary developmental, ecological immunity, and bioinformatics and life history evolution, giving you the opportunity to contribute new knowledge in an area of evolution and behaviour that interests you most.
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.
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 evolution and behaviour 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
As part of my MRes, I carried out the fieldwork for my project investigating local adaptation in snails while working at the Sven Lovén Centre in Tjärnö, Sweden. It's such an incredible country and the chance to be there on a Masters budget is pretty incredible.
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.