PostgraduateEcology, Evolution and Behaviour

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This programme is subject to validation*

  • The chance to develop and conduct a substantial independent research project over the entire duration of the course
  • One-to-one support from world-leading research-active experts in ecology, evolution and behaviour
  • Staff are part of a vibrant and dynamic research community with links to research projects and institutions across the world
  • Develop advanced skills in analysis, scientific writing and project management
  • Excellent preparation for further careers in academic, non-academic and commercial sectors

Summary

Develop your understanding of the natural world by conducting a research project in a topic you are passionate about within ecology, evolution or behaviour with the support of world-leading researchers.

The ecology, evolution and behaviour of organisms are key elements of the natural world we see around us. Improving our knowledge of these topics is important in mitigating the impacts of environmental change, improving food and water security, increasing animal welfare and explaining the diversity of life we see across the globe.

This research master’s gives you the opportunity to develop your understanding of the natural world by undertaking an independent research project in a topic within ecology, evolution or behaviour. You will undertake this research project with the support of a dedicated research-active supervisor who is an expert in the field. They will guide and support you as you develop and conduct your project, giving you the opportunity to take ownership of a piece of research that you are passionate about. Supervisors will be members of staff from the dynamic and vibrant research community within the Department of Life Sciences. This includes world-leading researchers from the Centre for Research in Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour and the Centre for Research in Evolutionary, Social and Interdisciplinary Anthropology.

The course will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of your chosen topic. In addition, it also places an emphasis on providing you with transferrable skills in areas such as project management, data analysis and communication that will help you develop a future career in further research, non-academic or commercial sectors.

The majority of this course involves students undertaking an independent research project. This can be in any topic in the fields of ecology, evolution or behaviour and will be supported by a dedicated research-active supervisor who is an expert in the particular field of research. With the support and guidance of this supervisor, students spend the full duration of the course conducting this research project. This includes developing hypotheses and predictions, collecting data, analysing these data and presenting these data in a final written report.

Students should get in touch with a potential supervisor when they are developing an application to discuss potential research project topics. Supervisors can be any academic member of staff in the Department of Life Sciences including researchers from the Centre for Research in Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour and the Centre for Research in Evolutionary, Social and Interdisciplinary Anthropology.

Students are also provided dedicated training in research methods. This includes learning skills in scientific project design, data analysis and scientific reporting. Dedicated sessions are also provided in transferrable skills such as scientific communication, grant writing, CV writing and interview preparation.

Research Methods in Biology, 20 credits
Research Project, 160 credits

This course provides students with preparation for a wide range of future careers. These include careers in further research (e.g. PhDs), conservation projects and organisations, animal welfare groups and environmental charities. It also provides students with research skills that will valuable in a range careers in the public and private sectors.

*What is validation and periodic review?

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