MRes Computational Methods in Ecology and Evolution

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2018
Campus: Silwood Park
ECTS: 90 credits

Applications for 2018

Open to applications for 2018 entry
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Overview

This MRes is designed for students with a passion for the diversity of life on earth, and who wish to be trained in cutting-edge biological research.

New technologies such as next-generation DNA sequencing are revolutionising biology. There are also huge amounts of biodiversity data to be collated and meta-analysed to respond to urgent research needs in a world of rapid global changes.

This course will offer an intensive one-year full-time study programme designed to provide you with postgraduate-level training in research skills.

Study programme

You begin with seven weeks of intensive training in the Autumn term, comprising of the core modules except for the research project. The core modules cover the latest developments of informatics and genomics for whole-organism research.

You begin your 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 partners, which includes:

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

Careers

You will complete an extensive research project over nine months, which provides you with a solid grounding in a range of professional and transferable skills, and the opportunity to make a more informed decision on the area of research and specific PhD project you wish to pursue in the future.

It will be ideal training for those who wish 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.

Structure

Taught modules

You take all of the taught 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, which may be jointly hosted by one of our partners, which include:

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

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 and dissertation (9 months; can include placements)
  • Lectures
  • Online lecture and assessment materials
  • Online seminar recordings
  • Primers
  • Seminars
  • Two Miniprojects
  • Workshops

Assessment methods

  • Computing coursework
  • Examinations
  • Final Project Report and Presentation
  • HPC Long Practical
  • Mini-project
  • Oral presentations
  • Seminar Diary
  • Viva

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)

2018 entry
£9,800

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)

2018 entry
£22,600

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.

Admissions

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

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is at least a 2.1 UK Honour's degree in life sciences or physical sciences.

Additionally, an A-level in Mathematics is required.

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

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is required for overseas students applying for this course. 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 team website.

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