MRes course structure

This 1-year full-time programme will be comprised of three taught modules during the first term (October to December), followed by two 18-week research projects (January-April and May-September). 

Taught courses 

Focus on cutting-edge quantitative tools in ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, bioinformatics, systematics, palaeobiology, conservation, and environmental biology.

The taught portion that comprise the first term of the programme is divided into three courses:

  • Analytical tools in Biodiversity and Evolutionary resesarch

An intensive methods course which will provide students with practical training in the variety of analytical tools using in pure and applied research in biodiversity, evolution, and conservation (30 credits)

  • Research skills course

A generic research skills course which will provide training in oral and poster presentations and other transferable skills (15 credits)

  • Topics in Biodiversity research

A seminar and discussion course, in which students will attend a series of mandatory seminars at UCL, the Natural History Museum, and the Institute of Zoology which will serve as the subjects for essays and discussions (15 credits)

Each course will have required coursework, ranging from practicals to essays and presentations. 

Research projects

The two research projects (60 credits each) will be marked based on a written dissertation and poster or oral presentation for each project. Students will be required to choose projects based at two different institutions (out of the three partner institutions) to ensure that they gain experience in a range of methods and topics.

Research project topics