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MSc Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics


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.

Programme 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.

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.

Entry 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.


You can apply for this programme through the Queen Mary online application portal:

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

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