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Ecology MRes

Explore sustainable solutions to the world's development challenges with our Ecology MRes.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2023

Overview

The Ecology MRes is for graduates in the field of environmental and related sciences. You'll gain the skills required to follow successful careers in the environmental and wildlife conservation sectors. You'll also develop the advanced skills and knowledge required for further academic study, or research-focused industry roles. By studying our Ecology MRes you can help support the protection of our planet. The degree will also help you if you:

  • want to find sustainable solutions to the world's development challenges
  • are keen to join UK and international research teams working on ecological or conservation challenges

The MRes will provide you with advanced training in:

  • ecology
  • environmental management
  • conservation

You'll gain a professionally focussed postgraduate qualification, relevant to the ecology and wildlife conservation sectors.

 

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What you'll learn

The Ecology MRes will enable you to develop:

  • advanced knowledge on ecology and wildlife conservation theory, the principles of biodiversity
  • practical skills in ecological and environmental data collection, data handling, data analysis, and modelling methodologies
  • field skills in wildlife and environmental monitoring, surveying, and GIS
  • critical thinking to address UK and global ecology and conservation problems
  • advanced research capabilities, project management experience and stakeholder engagement
  • advanced knowledge on ecology and wildlife conservation theory, the principles of biodiversity
  • practical skills in ecological and environmental data collection, data handling, data analysis, and modelling methodologies
  • field skills in wildlife and environmental monitoring, surveying, and GIS
  • critical thinking to address UK and global ecology and conservation problems
  • advanced research capabilities, project management experience and stakeholder engagement

 

Modules

You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn

Your development

You'll learn a variety of in-demand skills from the environmental sector. These include:

  • advanced conceptual understanding and detailed factual knowledge on key subjects
  • specialised technical and research skills, and professional awareness
  • overseas and UK study/field trip opportunities where applicable
  • training and case studies including examples from the UK and overseas. These will help you to understand the requirements for international sustainable development

Your future

The Ecology MRes will provide you with a route into PhD level study. It prepares you for a wide range of careers in the environmental and conservation sectors.

We have strong research, industry and business links in the UK and globally. Where possible, we link these to taught modules and research projects. This will enable you to gain direct experience working with stakeholders in the sector. It also provides an opportunity to build on these relationships for your future.

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body

Facilities

The School of Natural and Environment Sciences has an array of facilities. This includes laboratories for you to carry out your research project.

NU Farms is a research, teaching, and engagement platform based across our two local farms: Cockle Park Farm and Nafferton Farm. Ecological facilities include:

  • more than 800 hectares of farmland
  • polytunnels and greenhouse capacity for plant growth and competition experiments, insect-plant interaction studies

A mere 10 minutes cycle ride from NU campus is Gosforth Nature Reserve. This protected area comprises many habitats and management strategies for carrying out ecological monitoring.

Read more about the Gosforth Nature Reserve

We study live marine animals at our Dove Marine Laboratory in Cullercoats. With a live aquarium on-site, you’ll examine a range of wildlife to study.

Read more about the Dove Marine Laboratory

Our research vessel, The Princess Royal, is a floating laboratory. It is an integral part of your learning experience at Newcastle. Activities on the vessel range from oceanographic characterisation of river plumes to remote camera surveys of offshore habitats.

Read more about The Princess Royal

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2023 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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  • additional costs
  • living costs
  • tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2023 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

How to apply


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  • virtual open days
  • webinars

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Get in touch

Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Dr Marion Pfiefer

Dr Zarah Pattison

School of Natural and Environment Sciences 

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