Ecology and Environment, 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 Ecology and Environment at University of Sheffield

Biodiversity is threatened by climate change and other consequences of the growing human population. To solve this, and some of the other global challenges facing humanity, we need researchers with an in-depth understanding of how we maintain ecosystems in the face of environmental change.

Our world-class research in this area spans topics including global change ecology, biodiversity science, tropical forest conservation, palaeoecology and palynology, urban ecology, environmental pollution, and agricultural ecology, giving students on this course the opportunity to carry out cutting-edge research in their chosen area.

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:

  • Impacts of selective logging on the morphology of neotropical butterflies
  • A DNA-based assessment of Eurasian otter, Lutra lutra, numbers and seasonal movement in the Peak District
  • Partitioning the effects of vertical relief and refuge on coral reef fish community structure

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 ecology and environment 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 eg 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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