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Ecology and Environmental Biology PgDip/MRes

Ecology and Environmental Biology PgDip/MRes

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Full time


12 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Ecology Biology Environmental Biology Environmental Studies

Course type


Course Summary

The Master of Research (MRes) programme in Ecology and Environmental Biology provides research training for students wishing to enter a PhD programme or seeking a career in ecological science.

Students will also achieve PgDip exit award during this course.


  • Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting, in part, the academic and experience requirement for the Membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).
  • This unique programme draws on the research interests of a large number of university staff in the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine. It allows you the chance to obtain experience in a wide range of modern research techniques.
  • On-campus facilities are complemented by excellent research and teaching facilities available at the Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment (SCENE) and Cochno Farm and Research Centre.
  • Tailor the MRes Ecology and Environmental Biology programme to your own specific requirements and interests from the courses and projects offered.


You will be provided with excellent training for applying for a PhD programme or entering work in ecological consultancy, governmental agencies or conservation sectors.

The MRes also serves as a valuable introduction to UK research for overseas students.

There are considerable opportunities to undertake research work in the UK and overseas.

MRes projects in the past have involved field-work in some of Scotland’s most important natural environments including:

  • Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park,
  • The Outer Hebrides and Skye
  • Overseas in the Falkland Islands
  • Peru
  • Trinidad
  • Tobago
  • Egypt
  • Svalbard (Norway).


This course will teach all students a common baseline for writing of scientific essays, proposals and papers, oral presentation skills; introduction to the statistical analysis environment R, which is rapidly taking over as the most versatile programme for biological applications; Advanced Generallized Linear Mixed models (working in the R environment), which is critical for analysis of complex datasets; and Experimental design and power analysis, both in terms of being able to plan their own experiments but also being able to critically evaluate the validity of conclusions drawn from data analysed in published papers.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A Second-class Honours degree or equivalent (e.g. GPA of 3.0 or above) in a relevant scientific subject. Professional experience may be taken into account.

University information

The University of Glasgow is one of four ancient universities in Scotland, founded back in 1451. The university is part of the prestigious Russell Group, and is one of only two universities in the UK to be awarded a 5 Stars Plus by the QS University Rankings 2017. Alumni include seven Nobel Prize winners, Scotland’s First Minister and a Prime Minister, while Albert Einstein gave a lecture on the theory of relativity there back in 1933. The...more