Evolution and Behaviour, University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield the United Kingdom

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The award
MRes

How long you will study
1 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 13000 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 28500 per year

All study options

About Evolution and Behaviour at University of Sheffield

The connection between how organisms have evolved and how they behave is a fundamental principle of biology. It can show us why organisms are the way they are, and answer deep questions about the diversity of life on earth.

Our world-class research in this area spans topics including animal behaviour, molecular ecology, sexual selection and sexual conflict, speciation, the evolutionary genomics of adaptation, evolutionary developmental, ecological immunity, and bioinformatics and life history evolution, giving you the opportunity to carry out cutting-edge research in an area of evolution and behaviour that interests you most.

Research experience

This research-focused course allows you to spend an academic year embedded in one of our research groups, working alongside students and staff who are at the forefront of their research field. Throughout your course, you'll develop your research skills, giving you the opportunity to contribute new knowledge in your chosen area.

Whether you complete your research in the field, the lab or in industry, in the UK or abroad, you'll be provided with a research budget for your project. Previous students have conducted fieldwork in locations including Brazil, South Africa and Sweden as well as closer to home in the wonderful Peak District National Park on our doorstep.

Example research projects include:

  • The diet restriction response in Drosophila melanogaster: precise mechanisms and a novel genetic screen using fecundity
  • The effect of breeding interactions on the post-breeding social system of a cooperative bird
  • Reconstructing ROMA population history

How to apply

Because of the research-intensive nature of this course, we ask you to include a short supporting statement of 500-700 words with your application. This should:

  • Explain how your interests and experience relate to the evolution and behaviour research we do in the School of Biosciences.
  • Explain why you want to do a research-intensive masters degree and how this fits with your career plans.
  • Include which particular supervisors or research groups you would be most interested in working with and why. If you have already been in contact with a prospective supervisor, please let us know.

Please submit your application by 15 August if you require a student visa and by 31 August if you do not require a visa.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMResHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 13000 per yearInternational course feesGBP 28500 per year

Notes about fees for this course

Fees for 2023 entry are not yet available. Please use these 2022 fees as a guide

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 BSc honours degree in biology or a closely related quantitative subject.

In addition, you should be able to demonstrate evidence of aptitude and enthusiasm for research, for example, through an undergraduate research project.

We also consider a wide range of international qualifications:

Entry requirements for international students

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

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