Global ecological change is occurring at a rapid rate and we are seeing an unprecedented spread of diseases, collapses in biodiversity and disruption to ecosystems. We aim to understand not just patterns in the natural environment, but the ecological and evolutionary factors that drive them, from the behaviour of individual organisms to population- and whole-community dynamics.
You will study the concepts and theory that will help you understand factors underpinning global ecology and evolutionary change, including modern techniques for environmental process research, invasive species ecology and conservation genetics. Students also learn techniques important for environmental policy and management. If you take the Postgraduate Certificate rather than the MSc in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, you will take four taught modules (15 credits each) over one term.
By choosing to study at a Russell Group university you will have access to excellent teaching and top class research. You can find out more about our research interests and view recent publications on the School of Biological and Chemical Science's Biology research page.
If you have questions about this programme which you would like to put to Dr Christophe Eizaguirre, MSc Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Programme Director, please contact:
Tel: +44(0)207 882 6982
Students studying on the PG Certificate will take four taught modules (15 credits each).
Modules which we will typically offer are:
- Ecological Theory and Applications
- Ecosystem Structure and Function
- Statistics and Bioinformatics
- Research Frontiers in Evolutionary
- Science, Policy and Management
For more information on the modules available please contact the Programme Director Dr Christophe Eizaguirre:
A minimum of a second class honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a relevant subject, such as ecology, environmental science, biology or zoology.
Applicants with a good lower second class degree may be considered on an individual basis, taking into account relevant background and related achievements.
Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency.
The minimum level required for entry to our postgraduate programmes is:
- IELTS: 6.5 overall including 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking
- TOEFL: 92 overall including 21 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening and 20 in Speaking
- PTE Academic: 62 overall including 57 in Writing and 51 in Reading, Listening and Speaking
- Trinity ISE: Trinity ISE II with a Distinction in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking, or Trinity ISE III with a minimum of Pass in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking
- C2 Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 176 overall including 169 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking
- C1 Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 176 overall including 169 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking
Find out more about our English language entry requirements.
If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.
Learning and teaching
Our Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 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.
Teaching and assessment
You will take four taught modules, which will be assessed through a mixture of reports, essays, practicals, presentations and multiple choice questions.
Your taught modules take place in blocks of two weeks of full-time teaching (normally 9am-5pm), followed by weeklong study breaks for independent learning and coursework. Most modules are taught through lectures during the morning, with practicals, seminars, discussion groups and workshops taking place in the afternoon.
The PGCert in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology does not include a dissertation and individual research project, unlike our Ecology and Evolutionary Biology MSc.
Tuition fees for Home and EU students2020/21 Academic Year
Full time £4,350
Part-time study is not available for this course
Tuition fees for International students2020/21 Academic Year
Full time £7,600
Part-time study is not available for this course
There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.
These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.
Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships
We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.
Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.
Alternative sources of funding
Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.
Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.
Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717