Advanced Topics in Evolutionary Biology (Masters) (839C1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

In this module, you work in a group, on advanced research-led topics in evolutionary biology.

The topics you work on may include symbiosis, sex and variation, etc. - but these may vary from year to year.
The topics will be selected according to staff interests, recent developments in the field, and the construction of a coherent package that covers a range of approaches in evolutionary biology, from molecular to ecological.

In this module, you are introduced to each topic by a 'scene-setting lecture', given by a member of staff. You are then given a set of references to relevant papers in the library.

In your group, you present your report on the topic, based on written material in Study Direct, seminars, reviews and news and view articles.

By completing this module, you will understand recent theoretical and empirical developments in several areas of current research in evolutionary biology, critically read the primary literature in evolutionary biology, synthesise information from the primary literature and present your findings in written analyses and oral presentations.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Presentation, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 7 hours of contact time and 143 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2018/19. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: