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Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour

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Full time | University of Roehampton | 1 year | SEP-23

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1 year

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Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Ecology Behavioural Psychology

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Course Summary


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 School of Life and Health 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.

Career Options

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.


The research project involves students learning about a specific topic within the fields of ecology, evolution or behaviour by conducting a substantial research project on this topic. This project can be field, laboratory or computer based, or involve an original synthesis and analysis of existing data sets. The module requires students to gain a deeper understanding of their chosen project topic and combine these with the skills learnt on the Research Methods in Biology module to plan and produce an original piece of research. The research project is central to the Master by Research programme and so this module accounts for 160 credits (out of a programme total of 180).

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Entry requirements

2.1 degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject. Applicants with a 2.2 degree will also be considered if they have higher marks in relevant modules, e.g. final year research project, final year modules in ecology/evolution/behaviour topics. Other relevant professional experience will also be considered.

University information

Located in South-West London, the University of Roehampton has a 54-acre parkland campus with state-of-the-art facilities, located within 30 minutes of central London. The university has a long history dating back over 180 years. Through its oldest College, Whitelands, it has provided higher education to women for longer than any university in the country. Today, it has a thriving range of postgraduate programmes and an excellent research...more