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Ecology and Environmental Biology MRes

Ecology and Environmental Biology MRes

Key information

Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Environmental Biology Ecology

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.

The MRes Ecology and Environmental Biology degree programme draws on the research interests of a large number of university staff in the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine and allows you the chance to obtain experience in a wide range of modern research techniques. There is considerable expertise in this area of biology available at Glasgow, especially in ornithology, fish biology, aquatic ecosystems, epidemiology, modelling and physiological, molecular and evolutionary ecology.

The MRes consists of a taught component, and a laboratory or field-based research project in ecology and environmental biology. The emphasis is on research experience and training with two-thirds of credits devoted to project work compared with one-third for a dissertation in an MSc programme. The taught courses consist of core research skills and specialist options in ecological modelling and analysis, molecular techniques, identification and sampling methods (see list of options for MSc Quantitative Methods in Biodiversity, Conservation & Epidemiology). You will carry out an extended two-part research project, chosen to reflect your own interests and the skills you wish to acquire. The MRes Programme also strongly benefits from research opportunities in terrestrial and aquatic ecology at the University of Glasgow’s Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



Key Research Skills (scientific writing, introduction to R, introduction to linear models; advanced linear models, experimental design)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need 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