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

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

You will work in groups on advanced research-led topics in evolutionary biology. Topics may include symbiosis, sex and variation, but will vary from year to year. They 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. Each topic will be introduced by a 'scene setting lecture' by a member of staff. You will then be given a set of references to relevant papers in the library.

You will present your reports on the topics, via written material in Study Direct, seminars, reviews and news and view articles. If you successfully complete the 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.


19%: Lecture
81%: 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 2019/20. 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.