Conservation Biology MRes

Key information

Duration:
1 year full time
Start date:
September 2017
Apply by:
1 August 2017 (International students)

On this course, you’ll gain an advanced, global outlook on conservation and the positive approaches you can use to address conservation challenges.

In the face of global change, there has never been a greater need for the knowledge and research skills that you’ll develop throughout your studies. These skills will enable you to address the environmental changes facing us today.

Why choose this course?

  • We were ranked 8th in the UK for research output in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • We are part of the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme, which provides an excellent interdisciplinary research environment spanning the School of Life Sciences, the School of Global Studies, Sussex Law School, SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit and the Institute of Developmental Studies.
  • We are situated in the Brighton and Lewes Downs UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and surrounded by the South Downs National Park.
We’ve established a protected area for the endangered brown-headed spider monkey in Ecuador. This will benefit the species and help the forest community generate sustainable livelihoods.”Mika Peck
Course Convener for the Conservation Biology MRes

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of 7.5-8.5 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (Grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.5 or 8 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with GPA 4.0/5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3/4.0 (grade B+).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 5-5.5/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with overall mark of 75%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad' and a GPA of 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 7.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 17/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of 75%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 13.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.4 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading institution with overall mark of 55-70% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA 3.5/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 15.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 105.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 4 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 3,33.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.5/4.0 or 14/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 8.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 80%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division or CGPA of at least 3.5/5.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 60%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 14/20 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 'very good' overall, or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 3 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.5/5.0 or 3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division or CAP 4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 1.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with CGPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with upper second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 5/6 or 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of 70%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Standard level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component). 

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency.

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic).

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT).

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grade C (Honours) or above in English.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

English language support

If you don't meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) for international students

Yes. You should apply for this course as early as possible so that you have time to apply for ATAS clearance. Find out more about ATAS

How to apply

You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system

Personal statementYes

A personal statement is a piece of writing that you submit as part of your application. It should show us that you are the right person for Sussex by telling us why you want to study your course. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Application deadlines

1 August 2017 (International students)

Course details

How will I study?

In this research-focused course, you’ll work on an in-depth project tackling real-world problems in close contact with your supervisor, with the aim of producing a scientific publication.

You’ll also have access to a variety of modules aimed at giving you skills and experience in all aspects of research, from the laboratory to the editorial desk, and including unique field modules.

You'll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • reports
  • presentations
  • a dissertation.

Field modules

On our Masters courses, you have the opportunity to go on exciting field modules in Ecuador, Egypt, Portugal, Zimbabwe and South Africa. You can also explore terrestrial and marine ecology in Africa as well as marine ecology in the Red Sea.

Modules

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

Our experts

  • Evolution, Behaviour and Environment faculty
    Prof Jonathan Bacon

    Prof Jonathan Bacon

    Professor of Neuroscience

    Research interests

    ant navigation, Drosophila, neural circuits, social arthropods

    View Jonathan Bacon's profile

    Prof Daniel Colaco Osorio

    Prof Daniel Colaco Osorio

    Professor of Neuroscience

    Research interests

    bird, cephalopod, colour, cuttlefish, evolution, neuroethology, physiology, Vision

    View Daniel Colaco Osorio's profile

    Prof Adam Eyre-Walker

    Prof Adam Eyre-Walker

    Professor of Biology

    Research interests

    Mitochondria, Mutation, Population genetics, Transposable elements

    View Adam Eyre-Walker's profile

    Prof Jeremy Field

    Prof Jeremy Field

    Research interests

    Behavioural Ecology, cooperative breeding, evolution of sociality, Evolutionary biology, parental care, primitively eusocial wasps and bees, social dominance hierarchies

    View Jeremy Field's profile

    Prof Tim Flowers

    Prof Tim Flowers

    Professor of Plant Physiology

    Research interests

    halophytes, ion transport, Plant physiology, salinity, salt-tolerant plants

    View Tim Flowers's profile

    Dr Bonnie Fraser

    Dr Bonnie Fraser

    Lecturer in Biology

    Research interests

    Adaptation, Evolutionary biology, fish, Genomics, Population genetics

    View Bonnie Fraser's profile

    Prof Dave Goulson

    Prof Dave Goulson

    Professor Of Biology

    Research interests

    Animal behaviour, Animal ecology, Behavioural Ecology, Biodiversity, Conservation Ecology, Insecticides, Pollination

    View Dave Goulson's profile

    Dr Paul Graham

    Dr Paul Graham

    Reader

    Research interests

    Animal behaviour, Learning, Memory, navigation, neuroethology, social insect biology, Vision

    View Paul Graham's profile

    Prof Elizabeth Hill

    Prof Elizabeth Hill

    Emeritus Professor

    Research interests

    chemical contaminants, fish, human health, Metabolomics, Pollution, urinary biomarkers of disease

    View Elizabeth Hill's profile

    Prof William Hughes

    Prof William Hughes

    Professor of Evolutionary Biology

    Research interests

    Animal behaviour, Behavioural Ecology, biology and conservation of apex predators, causes and consequences of 'animal personalities', conservation biology, disease ecology and evolution, evolution of sociality and symbiosis, Evolutionary biology, host-symbiont interactions and evolution, lions, pollinator conservation, social insect biology, white sharks

    View William Hughes's profile

    Dr Ted Morrow

    Dr Ted Morrow

    Senior Research Fellow

    Research interests

    Drosophila, Evolutionary biology, Evolutionary genetics, Evolutionary Medicine, Gene expression, Sexual antagonism, Sexual conflict, Sexual selection

    View Ted Morrow's profile

    Dr Jeremy Niven

    Dr Jeremy Niven

    Senior Lecturer in Zoology

    Research interests

    Animal behaviour, Behaviour and Energy Efficiency, Behavioural choice, Behavioural Neuroscience, Computational Neuroscience, Evolutionary biology, neuroethology, Sensor Integration, Sensory receptors, Systems neuroscience

    View Jeremy Niven's profile

    Dr Mika Peck

    Dr Mika Peck

    Senior Lecturer in Biology

    Research interests

    ecology and conservation of biodiversity hotspots, impacts of global change, primate behaviour, primate conservation, REDD++, spider monkeys, tropical rainforest ecology

    View Mika Peck's profile

    Prof Francis Ratnieks

    Prof Francis Ratnieks

    Professor of Apiculture

    Research interests

    Animal behaviour, beekeeping, Behavioural Ecology, honey bee, Insects, Social evolution, social insects

    View Francis Ratnieks's profile

    Dr Christopher Sandom

    Dr Christopher Sandom

    Lecturer in Biology

    Research interests

    Applied ecology, Community Ecology, conservation biology, Ecoinformatics, Ecological assessment, Ecosystem Services, Palaeoecology and palaeozoology, Rewilding

    View Christopher Sandom's profile

    Prof Jorn Scharlemann

    Prof Jorn Scharlemann

    Professor of Conservation Science

    Research interests

    agriculture and conservation, Applied ecology, Biodiversity, Conservation, Conservation Science, Environmental modelling, Environmental policy, Environmental Statistics, GIS Mapping, Remote Sensing & Earth Observation, Sustainability: Environmental

    View Jorn Scharlemann's profile

    Dr Alan Stewart

    Dr Alan Stewart

    Reader in Ecology

    Research interests

    Community Ecology, Conservation Ecology, Conservation Science, Ecology, biodiversity and systematics, Entomology, Insects

    View Alan Stewart's profile

Course enquiries

+44 (0)1273 678057  
lifesci@​sussex.ac.uk

Find out about the School of Life Sciences

Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

UK/EU students:
£9,250 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£9,250 per year
International students:
£18,750 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £10,280 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2017. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Scholarships for this course have yet to be confirmed. Please check back later in the year.

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

Graduating from this course will place you in an excellent position to continue scientific research. You will have the skills and experience to move on to a PhD or a career in conservation and related research.

Graduate destinations

94% of students working in the Life Sciences subject groups (excluding Chemistry) were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent Life Sciences students have gone on to jobs including:

  • medical laboratory assistant, NHS Trust
  • research fellow, Cancer Research UK
  • technical services representative, Sigma-Aldrich.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)

Research Foundations

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

As part of the module, you carry out the foundations for a research project on a specialised topic in the area of your degree.

It will involve a project-specific mix of training in:

  • practical skills
  • the consideration of ethical aspects, potential impacts and the risks to health and safety associated with the planned research
  • the generation of hypotheses
  • the production of initial data.

Records of training, experiments and practical work are recorded in a laboratory book together with a reflective commentary to form a record of your research journey.

Rewilding and Ecosystem Services

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this module, you explore the theory that underpins rewilding covering:

  • Pleistocene and Holocene baselines
  • natural process function
  • trophic cascades
  • keystone species.

You also considers the process and application of rewilding to deliver ecological and social benefits.

Rewilding is emerging as an optimistic agenda in conservation biology that seeks to reverse the decline in biodiversity by restoring natural processes, typically through the reintroduction of missing keystone species. 

Rewilding gained global recognition when it was suggested that these keystone species should include the missing late Quaternary megafauna, but it is still an emerging field that is encouraging innovation and exploration of ideas. 

 

MRes Research Project in Evolution, Behaviour or Conservation

  • 90 credits
  • Spring & Summer Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module requires you to carry out an independent, original, in-depth research project in consultation with a research supervisor on a specialised topic in animal behaviour, evolutionary biology or conservation biology (according to your degree).

It will involve:

  • bespoke, project-specific training in practical skills
  • the generation of hypotheses
  • the production of data, statistical analysis and interpretation of results
  • the presentation of results in a research seminar
  • a dissertation written in the form of a scientific paper.

Coral Reef Ecology Field Course

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

You learn how coral reefs are one of the most ecologically and economically important habitats on the planet.

Coral reefs have exceptional levels of biodiversity, are critical to the life-history and development of many pelagic as well as reef-associated marine species, and provide critical ecosystem services upon which many human communities rely.

You study how coral reefs are also globally threatened from direct human activities and the indirect impact of climate change.

You learn about marine ecology, and the need for an improved understanding to inform policy and conservation management strategies.

This field course will involve scuba and snorkel-based data collection at coral reefs, giving you the chance to learn and apply techniques from marine biology, develop and test scientific hypotheses, and gain an in-depth understanding of the unique ecosystem of coral reefs.

Current Topics in Evolution, Behaviour and Conservation

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module will introduce you to a diversity of active areas of research in conservation biology, animal behaviour, and evolutionary biology.

The module will be taught via a series of advanced research seminars given by University of Sussex staff, research students and invited speakers in the Evolution, Behaviour and Environment (EBE) seminar series.

These seminars will provide an excellent opportunity for you to learn about the latest developments in a range of current topics, gain insight into the nature of scientific research, and meet with a diversity of researchers.

The module will be assessed via a portfolio of work summarising, synthesising and communicating the research for a scientific audience and the general public.

Masters Tropical Rainforest Field Course

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

The Masters Tropical Forest Science field trip module is based at the Santa Lucia Cloud forest Reserve in NW Ecuador. The field station and laboratory were established by the University of Sussex to provide the opportunity for you to gain expertise in tropical plant, invertebrate and vertebrate taxonomy.

Following an introduction to the wildlife and plants of the region, you undertake your own fieldwork project to address a conservation issue at this biodiversity hotspot.

News and Feature Writing

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module equips you with essential knowledge and skills in news research and writing and you will be encouraged to produce news material for a range of platforms. You will also explore key theories surrounding different approaches to news and writing, and the key ethical and legal challenges involved.

The module delivers a foundation in the key principles and techniques of news gathering, news reporting and feature writing. You will proceed from exploring news values, finding story ideas, doing research, identifying and interviewing sources to reporting straight news as well as writing different types of feature stories (e.g. columns, profiles, lifestyle pieces, backgrounders). By the end of the course, you will have gained a solid skill and knowledge base in news and feature writing such as:

- drawing on a range of sources and turning raw information into a publishable news report or feature
- building an effective story structure
- grabbing and maintaining the reader's attention in print and online
- identifying the story angle
- quoting people effectively and accurately, and
- using style and vocabulary appropriate to the genre and context

You will practice all of these via in-class exercises and real-life journalism assignments. You will also obtain a critical understanding of the genres and sub-genres of news and feature and apply this understanding to a critical analysis of existing news products. You will be encouraged and instructed to write publishable content for mainstream news publications.

The Science of Climate Change

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This course introduces you to the physical science basis of climate change, recognising that the audience is comprised substantially of non-climate specialists.

The course provides you with an overview of how the global climate system operates. This includes explanation of the different components of the climate system and how they interact; the radiation budget and the concept of radiative forcing which is the main driver of climate change; the composition of the atmosphere, how heat is transferred around the planet through the general circulation of the atmosphere and ocean; how the concentration of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases is regulated by bio-geochemical cycles on land and ocean. You then consider the natural and human influences on the radiation budget over recent millennia and how we can attribute observed climate changes to these. You conclude by evaluating projections of the future climate and associated uncertainty.

There is strong emphasis on how climate influences society and livelihoods, for exemplify through extreme climate and weather events. Throughout, you will gain an understanding of the methods and tools used in studying climate, notably climate datasets and climate models. You will document the history of climate change science, and exemplify the structures which steer science including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).The course is specifically designed to be accessible for students from a range of academic and professional backgrounds.

Basic and Advanced Conservation Biology

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn & Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module is designed to give students from a diversity of backgrounds a solid grounding in the basic principles of conservation biology and then build on this with learning about advanced, research-led topics in conservation.

During Term 1, after an introduction to the major threats to global biodiversity, the module will explore a series of broad conservation themes. It will begin by focusing on the species level, exploring some of the particular threats faced, why species become rare and endangered, and what measures can be taken to halt or reverse population declines and how populations of threatened species can be restored.

The module then adopts a habitat and ecosystem focus, working up from a consideration of specific habitats and their management to a landscape approach and exploring methods for repairing damaged habitats and ecosystems. During Term 2, the module will consider a set of advanced, research-led topics in conservation biology.

Field Biology and Conservation Skills

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

Field research and conservation practice require a range of practical skills, and experience of many of these is consequently often key to being able to obtain employment in these areas.

This module will give you the opportunity to learn, practice and apply a range of specialist practical skills for field biology and conservation. Over the course of the module, you will build up a skills portfolio by selecting from a broad range of specialist workshops delivered by Sussex staff or external providers that will demonstrate your ability to carry out the various techniques and methods.

You will then complete an assignment that will demonstrate your understanding of the techniques and ability to apply them to research questions or conservation objectives.

Masters African Zoology Field Course

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The rich biological diversity of southern Africa, including ecologically dominant megafauna, and the conservation challenges this presents, makes the region an exceptional place to learn about zoology.

This field course will be based at research sites in southern Africa that will provide students with the opportunity to study terrestrial African animals, including some of the charismatic megafauna.

Following an introduction to the sites, you will carry out a fieldwork research project to investigate the behaviour, ecology or conservation of African animals. The field course will conclude by studying marine megafauna at sites in South Africa.

Masters Mediterranean Ecology and Behaviour Field Course

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

For this module, you visit an ecological site in the Mediterranean and carry out field work. 

The Mediterranean phylogeographic region includes a diversity of habitats that contrast markedly with those found in the UK, and contain very different flora and fauna.

Through this module, you gain experience in a variety of environments which is essential for a good understanding of the ecology of biodiversity and the selection forces driving its evolution.

You also get experience of carrying out research in novel environments, which is an essential part of learning to be a field biologist or ecologist.

When you finish this module, you should be able to design and carry out ecological or behavioural field research projects, using the flora or fauna of a Mediterranean field site as your study system.

You develop research proposals, conduct field work, analyse your data, and present your findings both in writing and in the form of a research seminar.

Tropical Rainforests: Biogeography and Conservation

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The module aims to develop an understanding of tropical rainforest (trf) ecosystems and the consequences of their great antiquity, present rapid destruction and uncertain future. You will examine and evaluate the many hypotheses attempting to explain the astonishing species richness of trfs and explore their complex ecological organization. Sustainable use of trfs is contrasted with their ever-increasing destruction by peasant farmers, timber companies, cattle ranchers and other commercial interests. You will learn about the impact of trf destruction on world climates, global biodiversity, and natural resources. Future prospects for conservation and management are assessed, including less damaging methods of timber harvesting, ecotourism, the potential of a new 'carbon market' (REDD++) and the role and contribution of scientist and international conservation organisations. The coursework and seminar series associated with the module will introduce skills of practical use to you if you decide to follow a career within conservation - the main focus being the development of an original grant proposal to the Royal Geographical Society.

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