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University of Glasgow: Ecology and Environmental Biology

InstitutionUniversity of Glasgow View institution profile
Department Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health & Comparative Medicine
Web www.glasgow.ac.uk/
Study type Taught

Summary

Our Master of Research (MRes) programme in Ecology and Environmental Biology provides specialised research training ideal for preparing for a PhD programme or a career in ecological science.

  • 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.
  • Glasgow offers considerable expertise in this area of biology, especially in:
    • ornithology
    • fish biology
    • aquatic ecosystems
    • epidemiology
    • modelling
    • physiological, molecular and evolutionary ecology.
  • On-campus facilities are complemented by excellent research and teaching facilities available at the Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment (SCENE and .
  • Tailor the MRes Ecology and Environmental Biology programme to your own specific requirements and interests from the courses and projects offered.

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.

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.

A total of 180 credits are required, with 20 flexible credits in the second term.

Projects:

  • MRES ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY PROJECT 1 (terms 1 and 2)
  • MRES ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY PROJECT 2 (Summer)

Term 1 Core course :

  • KEY RESEARCH SKILLS

Term 2: Optional courses

  • INFECTIOUS DISEASE ECOLOGY AND THE DYNAMICS OF EMERGING DISEASE
  • SPATIAL ECOLOGY
  • ANIMAL ETHICS
  • BIOLOGY OF SUFFERING
  • BIODIVERSITY INFORMATICS
  • PRINCIPLES OF CONSERVATION ECOLOGY
  • SINGLE SPECIES MODELS
  • ANIMAL LEGISLATION AND SOCIETAL ISSUES
  • CONSERVATION GENETICS
  • HUMAN DIMENSIONS OF CONSERVATION
  • SOCIETAL ASPECTS OF AMR
  • INTRODUCTION TO BAYESIAN STATISTICS
  • GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR ECOLOGISTS
  • PROTECTED AREA MANAGEMENT
  • ANIMAL WELFARE ASSESSMENT
  • MULTI SPECIES MODELS
  • MOLECULAR EPIDEMIOLOGY AND PHYLODYNAMICS
  • CARE & ENRICHMENT OF CAPTIVE ANIMALS
  • VERTEBRATE IDENTIFICATION
  • GENETIC AND GENOMIC ASPECTS OF ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE
  • ECONOMIC TOOLS FOR CONSERVATION
  • INVERTEBRATE IDENTIFICATION

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)
  • Canada
  • The Azores (Portugal)
  • Cayman Islands
  • The Philippines

Graduates from these programmes (MSc, MRes) have entered a wide range of roles in academia, business and the third sector.

Examples of job roles in the UK and North America include:

  • fisheries biologist
  • data manager
  • associate marine scientist
  • training co-ordinator
  • fisheries research assistant

Some graduates have also gone on to study PhDs in evolutionary biology, biological sciences and wildlife biology.

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University of Glasgow


The University of Glasgow is one of the UK’s most prestigious seats of learning, and the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world. Established in 1451 and recognised for its world-changing research and teaching, the University has inspired thinkers from eminent scientist Lord Kelvin and the father of economics Adam Smith, to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 

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The University:

  • is ranked 67th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2020
  • is in the top 100 in the world: Times Higher World University Rankings 2020
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