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Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Postgraduate Certificate ( 4 months Full-time )


Our MSc in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology will give you a scientific understanding of global ecological and evolutionary change, and provide you with the contemporary skills, tools and experience for tackling pressing environmental questions.

This programme will focus on concepts and theory essential to understanding global ecological and evolutionary change, including: state of the art techniques for environmental process research, invasive species ecology and conservation genetics. You will learn how to convert science to policy or management, and how to consult with stakeholders.

Students will spend time shadowing our multidisciplinary research teams before conducting a substantive six-month research project. These projects may be jointly supervised by colleagues at related institutes or within industry. You will also have the opportunity to take part in a field course in Borneo - see photos from this year's trip on Flickr. We will equip science graduates with the essential skills to proceed to further research via PhD or careers in consultancy and industry.

Students will have access to ‘state of the art’ analytical research facilities at the Freshwater Biological Association's River Laboratory on the River Frome in Dorset, through our River Communities Research Group. In Dorset students learn how to convert science to policy with our River Communities Group. We also offer field courses in Asia for firsthand experience of theory in action.

Students on a trip to the Freshwater Biological Association:

Programme highlights:

  1. In December 2014 the Research Excellence Framework (REF) demonstrated that 80% of our Biology outputs were ranked as either 4-star (world-leading) or 3-star (internationally excellent) for impact, meaning that our work makes a demonstrable contribution to either society or the economy. You can find out more about the projects included in the 2014 REF on our submission highlights page.
  2. Our Evolution & Genetics research group has one of the highest concentrations of evolutionary genomics researchers in the UK. You can find out more about our research interests on the group page or watch one of our members Dr Elizabeth Clare discuss her work on bats and food webs on YouTube.
  3. By choosing to study at a Russell Group university you will have access to excellent teaching and top class research
  4. You can attend scientific events and seminar series across London.
  5. Opportunities for projects in the UK and overseas, and in conjunction with collaborators at the Institute of Zoology, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, and the Natural History Museum.

Informal enquiries

If you have questions about this programme which you would like to put to Dr Axel Rossberg, MSc Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Programme Director, please contact:

Tel: +44(0)207 882 8441


Students studying on the PG Certificate will take four taught modules (15 credits each).

Modules which we will typically offer are:

  • Ecological Theory and Applications
  • Ecosystem Structure and Function
  • Statistics and Bioinformatics
  • Research Frontiers in Evolutionary
  • Science, Policy and Management

For more information on the modules available please contact the Programme Director Dr Axel Rossberg:


Entry requirements

A minimum of a second class honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a relevant subject, such as ecology, environmental science, biology or zoology.

Applicants with a good lower second class degree may be considered on an individual basis, taking into account relevant background and related achievements.

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

Find out more about our English language entry requirements.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

Independent Study

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


Students are assessed by a combination of coursework and exams. A few modules are assessed by coursework only. If a module is assessed by means of coursework alone, this is usually in the form of a research project or dissertation, and the tutor project supervisor offers guidance and support in the researching and writing of this piece of assessment.


You will also be assessed on a supervised 10,000-word dissertation.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2017 entry
Full time £2,950

Tuition fees for International students

2017 entry
Full time £5,850


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide [PDF] for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717



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