Queen Mary University of London

Course Introduction

Ecologists and evolutionary biologists now routinely use next-generation DNA sequencing in their research, and graduates who are skilled in genome analysis as well as ecology and evolution are rare. Genome-enabled approaches are helping rapidly to advance our understanding of the dynamic relationship between genotype, phenotype and the environment. Our programme will give you cross-disciplinary skills in a rare combination of areas of expertise, from bioinformatics and evolutionary inference to computational biology and fieldwork.

You will take six taught modules (four two-week modules in Semester A and one three-week module and the field course in Semester B), which make up 50% of your final grade. These will be assessed through a mixture of reports, essays, practicals and presentations. Our Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics programme combines traditional lectures and practicals with a diverse range of learning formats. Group work, student presentations and open discussion/debate are an integral part of the programme, giving you the chance to develop communication and team-working skills. We take pride in cultivating a close-knit and friendly working relationship between academics and students on this programme. You will benefit from small group teaching, normally no more than 15 students in each seminar, allowing for a more intensive learning experience and increased interaction.

Our postgraduate?s students go on to work in a wide variety of careers. Some apply their degree knowledge directly, working as conservation officers or research assistants. We have developed modules accommodating pure research and applied practical skills developed to promote graduate employability. The transferable skills gained through this enable graduates to work in areas beyond those directly related to their degree. These include government, education and retail. Other graduates pursue their subject interest by undertaking a PhD.

Start Date:

EXPECTED SEP-2019. EXPECTED SEP-2019.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £11,200 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £11,200 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £21,950 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £5,600 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £5,600 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £10,975 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have a minimum of an upper second-class BSc (Hons) degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a relevant subject, such as ecology, environmental science, biology or zoology. Students with a good lower second class degree may be considered on an individual basis, taking into account relevant background and related achievements.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have: IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) - (6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in writing); WELT (Warwick English Language Test) - BBC/BCC; TEEP (Test of English for Educational Purposes) - 6.5; Cambridge ESOL Certificate in Advanced English - B; Cambridge ESOL Certificate of Proficiency in English - C.
  • IELTS score: 6.5