MRes Computational Methods in Ecology and Evolution

An intensive one-year programme, providing training in cutting-edge biological research.

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: September 2019
Location: Silwood Park Campus
ECTS: 90 credits
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Course overview

Overview

This MRes is designed for students with a passion for the diversity of life on earth, who are looking to further their knowledge and experience of quantitative techniques in ecology, evolution and conservation.

The course is focused on current topics in modern computational and quantitative biology such as the interactions between ecological and evolutionary dynamics, the effects of climate change on biological systems, and complex ecological and evolutionary networks.

You gain postgraduate-level training in research skills during the intensive one-year full-time programme.

Study programme

The programme starts in the autumn term with a seven-week intensive training modules in the latest developments of informatics and genomics for whole-organism research.

You then begin a nine-month research project in the spring term and submit at the end of the course. Your research project can take place at Imperial, or be jointly hosted by one of our peer-institutes, which includes:

  • Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew
  • The NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
  • The Natural History Museum

Project opportunities include genetics, conservation, tropical and environmental biology; they will either be purely analytical or have strong field and/or laboratory components.

Careers

You graduate with a range of transferrable professional skills that help to give a major edge in competing for PhDs and jobs. Your experience of conducting research projects will allow you to make a more informed decision on the area of research and specific PhD project you may wish to undertake in the future.

This course is the ideal training for students looking to pursue a career in academic, government or non-governmental organisations engaged in research into biodiversity.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Please note the curriculum of our postgraduate degrees is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for your year of entry. We therefore recommend that you check this course page before finalising your application and after submitting it as we will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are ratified by the College.

Structure

Core modules

You take all of the taught core modules below.

  • Biological Computing in Python
  • Biological Computing in R
  • Foundations of Biological Computing
  • Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • High Performance Computing (HPC)
  • HPC Long Practical
  • Miniproject
  • Research Project
  • Spatial Analyses and GIS
  • Statistics in R

Research project

You complete a nine-month research project within the Ecology and Evolution research group at Imperial.

You can complete your project in areas such as genetics, conservation, tropical and environmental biology, and can be either be purely analytical or have strong field and/or laboratory components.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

  • Computational practicals
  • Computer-based work with cloud-based version control
  • Individual research project & dissertation (9 months; can include placements)
  • Lectures
  • Online lecture and assessment materials
  • Online seminar recordings
  • Primers
  • Seminars
  • Two mini-projects
  • Workshops

Assessment methods

  • Computing coursework
  • Examinations
  • Final project report and presentation
  • HPC long practical
  • Mini-project
  • Oral presentations
  • Seminar diary
  • Viva

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in life sciences or physical sciences.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

You can submit one application form per year of entry, and usually choose up to two courses.

How to apply

Making an application

To apply for this course, you need to use our online application system.

You can submit one application form per year of entry, and usually choose up to two courses.

ATAS certificate (overseas candidates)

An ATAS certificate is required for all Non-EEA/Swiss nationals who require a visa to study in the UK.

To apply for an ATAS certificate online, you will need your programme details and the relevant Common Aggregation Hierarchy (CAH) code and ‘descriptor’. For this course, these are:

CAH codeDescriptor
CAH11-01-03 information systems

Your Tier 4 visa application, or extension of stay, will automatically be refused if you need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide one.
For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate please see the information on our International Student Support website.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2019 entry
£12,000 per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2019 entry
£23,500 per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

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