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MSc by Research Evolution and Ecology

MSc by Research Evolution and Ecology

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Full time | Lincoln (Main Site) | 1 year | SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

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Course Summary

Conserving biodiversity and avoiding the extinction of species are huge global challenges. It has never been more important for scientists to understand organisms and ecosystems, how they have evolved, and how they respond to the threats they face. This programme provides students with the opportunity to research issues affecting individuals, populations, communities, and ecosystems, including how organisms interact with each other and their environment, and how these processes are affected by human activities.

Students benefit from training courses provided by the University aimed at developing key skills in research. Under the guidance and advice of their academic supervisors, students can also develop their ability to effectively communicate their research and thesis.

Beyond learning how to conduct research and the specialist skills that students are expected to develop within their subject discipline, the process of studying for a research degree can provide transferable skills in problem-solving, time management, independent and team work, and communication.

How You Study

This research programme relies on independent study and research, supervised by an advisory panel of academic staff. The nature of this research will be specific to the subject area, but is expected to investigate a novel question and provide a novel contribution to science.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the majority of time is spent in independent study and research. Students will have meetings with their academic supervisor at least once a month, but the precise frequency of these will vary depending on individual requirements, subject area, staff availability, and stage of programme. Students will also have the opportunity to attend talks and seminars, and to engage with other research-related activities throughout their degree.

How You Are Assessed

Students will have at least one formal meeting with their supervisors each month where progress will be discussed. After three months students are expected to provide an outline of their research proposal, which will be evaluated.

The MSc by Research is awarded based on the quality of the students thesis and their ability to present and successfully defend their research to a panel of examiners. They are expected to demonstrate how their research findings have contributed to knowledge, or developed existing theory or understanding.

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Entry requirements

First or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject.