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MSc Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


Part of this MSc programme may be taken as a one-year part-time option to gain a Postgraduate Certificate.

This programme 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. 

The 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. Students will learn how to convert science to policy or management, and how to consult with stakeholders. Students will also 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. We will equip science graduates with the essential skills to proceed to further research via PhD or careers in consultancy and industry. 

Further information is contained in the our student handbook and programme leaflet:

Why study with us?

  • With stakeholder engagement, we have developed modules accommodating pure research and applied practical skills developed to promote graduate employability. 
  • Dedicated field courses: in Africa for firsthand experience of theory in action;  and in Dorset learning to convert science to policy with our River Communities Group.
  • You will be taught by internationally recognised scientists who are leaders in their respective fields.
  • You can attend scientific events and seminar series across London. 
  • 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.

Examples of current research in ecology & evolutionary biology:

Dr. Jonathan Grey

Dr. Chris Faulkes

Steven Dodsworth 

Programme structure

Taught modules:

  • Ecological theory & applications (15 credits)
  • Ecosystem structure and function (15 credits)
  • Statistics & Bioinformatics (15 credits)
  • Research frontiers in evolutionary biology (15 credits)
  • Africa field course (15 credits)
  • Science, Policy & Management (15 credits)

Research module:

  • Research project (90 credits)

For details of the diverse array of exciting and topical research going on within SBCS to which you could align your project, please click here [PDF 649 KB].

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 relevant professional experience in science or environmental management will also be considered.

This programme includes a compulsory overseas field course, held in Africa, during which students should expect to have to undertake physically-demanding work in remote locations. Applicants for the programme from outside the UK should ensure that there are no residency or travel restrictions that would prevent them from attending this course. Applicants with any disability that impacts upon their ability to undertake such activities should seek advice from the School before applying for this programme.


There is no closing date for applications, but places are offered as suitable applications arrive, so the earlier you apply the better are your chances of being offered a place and being considered for any funding that may be available.

Supporting documentation:

You must provide the following supporting documentation when applying online:

  • Degree transcript(s) - Please provide a transcript of your degree(s). If you have not yet completed your degree please provide a transcript of your results achieved to date
    NB If your degree is from an overseas institution, you should supply a transcript of your marks for each year of your studies and a copy of your degree certificate together with a certified translation if the document is not in English. Please note that original documentation will be required before you enrol.
  • Reference(s) - Please provide at least one reference from your previous academic institution (on headed paper). If you have left university please provide one academic and one employer reference. 
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Although not mandatory, you can also submit a statement of purpose. Your statement of purpose should explain why you want to study your chosen programme and how it will help your life and career. This should typically be one side of A4 paper.

Submitting your documentation:

If you have any problems attaching documentation or your referees would prefer to email your reference to us:

  1. When filling in your online application please upload a blank document so that you can complete and submit your application. 
  2. Then submit any any supporting documents (including references) by email to or post them to:

Administrative Officer (Postgraduate and Research)
School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
Queen Mary University of London
Mile End Road
London E1 4NS
United Kingdom


If you have any queries regarding this programme:

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