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MSc Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics

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Continue your academic development along the cutting edge of post-genomic science.

In recent years, the dramatic fall in the cost of gene sequencing has opened up new frontiers in genomic study and research. As the wealth of genome data grows across the biodiversity spectrum, the analysis and meta-analysis of genomic information will provide new insights into how organisms evolved, and their ecological significance.

Genomics also impacts areas such as conservation, as researchers seek to protect vulnerable species in the context of rapid climate and environmental change.

Building on your undergraduate study, you will learn the very latest tools and techniques in ecological and evolutionary genomics, and apply them to a current research area as part of a six-month thesis project.

You will receive expert tuition in areas including computational genomics, programming and bioinformatics, given by active researchers at the forefront of the field. The excellent standard of teaching is informed by the Research Council funded project work undertaken within the school.

Where will it take you?

The MSc Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics programme equips you with the knowledge and skills for PhD training in any area of genomics, ecology, or evolution. A collaborative research module offers you the opportunity to gain work experience with external organisations, and employer lectures bring you into direct contact with industry figures.

Career options include research, technical roles in bioinformatics, teaching and consultancy for government and other agencies.

Course Structure

The programme combines taught modules with both individual and collaborative research projects. You will apply the skills and techniques from the course material in a practical setting as you contribute to the school's research output. The modules include:

  • Computational Genomics
  • Programming for Scientists
  • Statistics
  • Post-genomics Bioinformatics
  • Frontiers in Evolutionary Research
  • Evolutionary/ecological analysis/software group project module
  • Individual Research Project

Why Study here

Ecological and evolutionary genomics is an area of key research strength at QMUL. This MSc course is taught by a dynamic group of QMUL scientists doing cutting edge research in this area. For example, Dr Steve Rossiter does world-leading research on bat genome evolution, Dr Yannick Wurm has discovered a social chromosome in fire-ants, and Dr Richard Buggs is using genomic methods to find tree genes for resistance to ash dieback. This means that our teaching is informed by the latest developments, and individual projects can be at the leading edge of current progress. You will also benefit from state of the art super-computing and informatics resources. As a member of the Russell Group, located in one of the world's greatest cities, with a strong international focus, QMUL provides excellent opportunities for career development.

Admission Requirements

A minimum of an upper 2nd class BSc (Hons) degree, (or equivalent international qualification), in Biology or other relevant natural sciences subject. Applicants with relevant professional experience in science or environmental management will also be considered.

Fees and Funding

Fees for the academic session 2014/15

Mode of StudyHome and EU StudentsOverseas StudentsLength of StudyInvoice
Full Time£7,950£15,9501 YearFull invoice at start of course

This programme has access to a limited number of part-fee bursaries. All applicants are automatically considered for awards and there is no separate application form.

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


Please address admissions enquiries to:

Postgraduate Admissions Officer
School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 3012

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