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MSc Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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

This new and exciting 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 following document:

MSc Ecology and Evolutionary Biology student handbook 

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 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


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].  


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With access to numerous potential employers during the taught modules, the programme provides an ideal foundation for further research or for prospective employment with environmental protection and conservation agencies, and environmental consultancies.

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 modules:
Research project (90 credits)

Students taking the MSc over two-years via the part-time option should aim to register for 50% of the taught modules per annum. The exact combination of modules should be discussed with the programme Director. Projects can be undertaken over the two year period also, provided a schedule of work can be agreed upon which equates to the same time requirements as the full time option.

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.

Fees and funding

Fees for the academic session 2013/14

Mode of StudyHome and EU Students - 1st YearOverseas Students - 1st YearHome and EU Students - 2nd YearHome and EU Students - 2nd YearLength of StudyInvoice
Full Time£7,950£15,950  1 YearFull invoice at start of course
Part Time£3,975£7,975£3,070£7,9252 YearsPer Year
Postgraduate Certificate (PGcert)£2,650£5,320  1 YearFull invoice at start of course

The College offers Queen Mary Alumni Scholarships 2013 (for home and overseas students) and information on other funding sources for Masters programmes is available on the same page. 

Overseas students

Subject to certain terms and conditions, students assessed for overseas fees are usually offered a Science and Engineering scholarship.

You are strongly encouraged to contact your own Ministry of Education or Education Department, who will have details of most funding schemes and who will be able to advise you of your own government's conditions for studying abroad. You should also contact the nearest British Council office in your own country, which will have details of scholarship schemes and provide information and advice on educational programmes and living in the UK.

If there is no British Council office, then contact the nearest British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate. There is additionally funding available from sources such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank and the European Commission, whom you should contact directly.

How to apply

Please complete an online application form.

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.  

We may not be able to consider applications received after the end of August, as this leaves little time to process them ready for the start of teaching in September.

References:  You will need to supply academic references from two referees.

References should be emailed directly from the referee to to References must be sent from an academic email account. References from personal addresses (e.g. gmail, yahoo) will not be accepted.
Email: We will be unable to process your application until we have received both of your references: therefore, please encourage your referees to respond promptly.

Overseas students
You will be required to demonstrate sufficient English language skills as part of your application if English is not your first language.


If you have any queries regarding this programme, please email

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