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Course summary

Why this course?

  • You will have the opportunity to develop and conduct a substantial independent research project over the entire duration of the programme.
  • Top ten in the UK for postgraduate student satisfaction (PTES 2022, 2023)
  • One-to-one support from world-leading research-active experts in ecology, evolution and behaviour
  • Jointly recognised as the best modern university in the country, and the best modern university in London for research excellence. (REF 2021). 77% of our research is ranked ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2021)
  • Our staff are part of a vibrant and dynamic community with links to research projects and institutions across the world
  • Develop advanced skills in analysis, scientific writing and project management
  • Excellent preparation for further careers in academic, non-academic and commercial sectors
About this course: Develop your understanding of the natural world by conducting an in-depth research project in a topic you are passionate about within ecology, evolution, or behaviour. The ecology, evolution and behaviour of organisms are key elements of the natural world we see around us. Improving our knowledge of these topics is important in:
  • Mitigating the impacts of environmental change
  • Improving food and water security
  • Increasing animal welfare
  • Explaining the diversity of life, we see across the globe
Skills: This research master’s gives you the opportunity to develop your understanding of the natural world by undertaking an independent research project in a topic within ecology, evolution or behaviour. The programme will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of your chosen topic. In addition, it also places an emphasis on providing you with transferrable skills in areas such as:
  • Project management
  • Data analysis and communication
These will help you develop a future career in further research, non-academic or commercial sectors. You’ll also receive dedicated training in research methods. This includes learning skills in scientific project design, data analysis and scientific reporting. Dedicated sessions are also provided in transferrable skills such as scientific communication, grant writing, CV writing and interview preparation. Career opportunities: This course provides students with preparation for a wide range of future careers. These include careers in:
  • Further research (e.g. PhDs)
  • Conservation projects and organisations
  • Animal welfare groups
  • Environmental charities
It also provides students with research skills that will be valuable in a range of careers in the public and private sectors.


Full Time: Research Methods in Biology, 20 credits Research Project, 160 credits Part Time: Year 1: Research Project Part 1, 40 credits Year 2: Research Project Part 2, 120 credits

Entry requirements

Students should get in touch with a potential supervisor when they are developing an application to discuss potential research project topics. Potential supervisors and research projects can be found here. General entry requirements: 2.1 degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject. Applicants with a 2.2 degree will also be considered if they have higher marks in relevant modules, e.g. final year research project, final year modules in ecology/evolution/behaviour topics. Other relevant professional experience will also be considered.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £380 Credit
Northern Ireland £380 Credit
Scotland £380 Credit
Wales £380 Credit

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour at University of Roehampton - UCAS