Masters | Postgraduate Course - Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology MSc Course Details within University of Exeter

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Tuition fees per year 2019/20 UK/EU: £13,500 International: £23,400 full-time The fee includes costs of all field trips including 2-week residential course to Africa.
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Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology MSc

Study Details

MSc 1 year full-time

  • Delivered by leading international researchers in the Centre for Ecology and Conservation
  • Designed to prepare you for a future research career with excellent graduate employment opportunities, in the first year of operation, 78 per cent of our students had secured a PhD position before finishing the programme
  • Provides extensive training in current research techniques
  • Develops knowledge and critical awareness of current problems and new insights in evolutionary and behavioural ecology
  • Offers access to excellent facilities including state-of-the-art molecular and genetics labs with a full range of microscopy equipment, greenhouses, and controlled environment rooms

This Masters degree is taught by the Centre for Ecology and Conservation (CEC), whose evolutionary and behaviour research groups are amongst the most dynamic in the UK. You will be integrated into these groups and conduct cutting-edge research projects that can make genuine contributions to the field of evolutionary and behavioural ecology and prepare you for a career in research.

Module details

Compulsory modules

  • BIOM4009 Research Project 90
  • BIOM4017 Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology 15
  • BIOM4018 Approaches in Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology 15
  • BIOM4019 African Behavioural Ecology Field Course [See note a above] 30
  • BIOM4025 Statistical Modelling 15
  • LESM006 The Art of Science 15

Entry Requirements

Normally at least a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a science subject, although non-science backgrounds may be considered.

Programme Funding

We offer numerous scholarships to encourage exceptional students to apply for Masters programmes at the University of Exeter.

Student Destinations

Our MSc Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology programme ensures the training you will receive links directly to relevant employment opportunities within the UK and abroad. The programme is designed to prepare you for research; indeed the majority of our students go on to study for PhDs. Below are a few examples of the PhDs to which our graduates have progressed.

- PhD University of Exeter ‘Effects of over-winter dietary provisioning on health and productivity of garden birds’
- PhD Macquarie University, Australia ‘Maintenance of polymorphism in the Goulian Finch’
- PhD University of New South Wales, Australia ‘Habitat mediated changes to marine biodiversity’
- PhD University of Nottingham ‘Communication, cooperation and conflict in bacteria’
- PhD Oxford University ‘Processes generating and maintaining diversity in an Amazonian bird community’
- PhD University of Edinburgh ‘Sexual conflict in seed bugs’