Ecosystems and Environmental Change
  • Postgraduate taught
  • MRes

Ecosystems and Environmental Change

Study the latest developments in the conservation of ecosystems and the environment and build interdisciplinary skills.

Study the latest developments in the conservation of ecosystems and the environment and build interdisciplinary skills

Carry out high-level training encompassing various physical, life and social sciences

Understand how research has real-world impact on an extended project

Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • MRes

  • Duration

    1 year

  • Start date

    October 2023

  • Study mode


  • Fees

    • £14,300 Home

    • £28,300 Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • Silwood Park

Minimum entry standard 2023

  • 2:1 in a science subject

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Course overview

Receive high-level training in the latest developments in the conservation of ecosystems and the environment on this Master's course. 

You'll enhance your research skills on this cutting-edge interdisciplinary programme, which spans the physical, life and social sciences.

This course will provide you with a solid theoretical grounding in ecosystems and environmental research. 

You’ll be equipped with the skills and hands-on experience required for a career in this field and build an appreciation for how this research has real-world impact. 

Offered full-time or part-time, this course is also suitable for those already in employment in a relevant field.


This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

You’ll take all the core modules below:

  • Global Change and Policy
  • Core Skills

Carry out an extended project and contribute to essential research which will provide a real-world impact on an active project.

Topics can be theoretical, mathematical, computationally intensive, field-based and practical, or a combination of these.

Many projects are carried out at Silwood with a supervisor from another department, providing opportunities to develop new collaborations and strengthen existing ones.

Your work will be assessed by a briefing paper, dissertation and oral examination.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning methods

  • Computer-based work
  • Seminars and presentations
  • A group of people interacting
    Group work
  • Individual research project and dissertation
  • Work placement opportunity
  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • People collaborating and completing practical work.
    Practical classes
  • Field work
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • Recorded lectures available online
    Lecture recordings
  • A person studying independently
    Independent study

Balance of assessment


  • Taught modules
  • Research project

  • 25% Taught modules
  • 75% Research project

Assessment methods

  • Person completing coursework
  • Person making a presentation
  • Dissertation
  • Briefing paper
  • Oral exams

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Apply online

You can submit one application form per year of entry. You can choose up to two courses.

Application deadlines – Round 3 closes on Friday 31 March 2023

Tuition fees

Home fee

2023 entry


Overseas fee

2023 entry


Your future career

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With specialised knowledge, you'll be highly sought after in a range of sectors.

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You'll be ideally suited to work for an international NGO or a small local organisation once you graduate.


Previous students have gone on to contribute to the work of international organisations such as the UN and World Bank, or advise government policy.

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You’ll also acquire the skills to undertake further study at PhD level and pursue a career in academia.

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Life Sciences graduates from Imperial are also highly sought after in a variety of alternate employment sectors.

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These include business and consultancy, health and social work, banking/finance, education, and manufacturing.

Terms and conditions

There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.

Read our terms and conditions

You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications