MRes Tropical Forest Ecology

Gains hands on experience in the methods and skills used in ecological research.

Key information

Start date: October 2023
Campus: Silwood Park
ECTS: 90 credits
Duration: 1 year full-time

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Overview

Gain skills in a wide suite of methods used in ecological research.

This course has an emphasis on practicals and learning through research. Your skills will be embedded in the context of real-world ecological questions. From temperate to tropical biomes.

Some coursework opportunities offer you the chance to be authors on formally published datasets. 

During the varied coursework component, you will take part in six weeks of field-based research activities in the UK and in Malaysia. You will work in teams to develop meaningful hypotheses, and will have ample opportunities to design and implement field data collection to test them.

Your field training will be accompanied by extensive laboratory and computing training, providing you with the tools you will need to manage, analyse and interpret ecological data.

You will be supported throughout the course by your peers, by research-active academics, Teaching Fellows, and Graduate Teaching Assistants.

You will work in teams to develop and implement ecological projects, and the field course in Malaysia will embed you in an active global research network at the SAFE Project. Our course is nested within the Georgina Mace Centre for the Living Planet that promotes interdisciplinary research and partnerships, bringing together natural scientists, engineers, mathematicians, medics, economists and social scientists.

Careers

Our training is designed to help you develop personal attributes that are desired by employers, including time management, leadership, and problem-solving skills, along with understanding of research ethics and excellent written and data communication skills.

All of the skills taught on this course are transferrable, meaning the course will open a wide set of opportunities for a career in science and in natural resource management.

Many alumni use this course as a stepping stone to a PhD, while others have found employment opportunities as research assistants and technicians in academia and with NGOs, as rangers and site managers at government agencies and protected areas, and as science communicators and school teachers.

Structure

This page reflects the latest version of the curriculum for this year of entry. However, this information is subject to change.

The curriculum of this programme is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for this year of entry.

We recommend you check this page before finalising your application and again before accepting your offer. We will update this page as soon as any changes are confirmed by the College.

Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about any changes made.

Page last reviewed on 25 October 2021.

Structure

Core modules

You take all of the following modules and the Research Project:

  • Biological Computing
  • Data Science
  • Biodiversity
  • Research Management
  • Sensor Technology

Research project

You will work with staff to develop your own ideas for an individual research project. This can be conducted on any ecological topic and in any ecosystem around the world.

You will be encouraged to follow your interests, and we will work with you to find opportunities with researchers inside and outside of Imperial College London that match your personal career goals.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

  • Practical classes
  • Fieldwork
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Team-based learning
  • Problem-solving sessions
  • Independent learning
  • Research projects

Assessment methods

  • Posters
  • Project proposal
  • Research plan
  • Annotated dataset
  • Computing script
  • Written research reports
  • Oral assessment

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in a science subject.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications.

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed are the minimum for entry to the College, and not specifically this Department.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Competence standards

Our competence standards highlight the core skills students should be able to demonstrate by the end of this course.

View the Department of Life Sciences' competence standards [pdf]

We believe in providing the widest practicable access to all of our degree programmes and will make reasonable adjustments wherever possible to support your study. For more information, please contact the Department using the contact details below.

Department of Life Sciences

E: L.Barron@imperial.ac.uk

How to apply

How to apply

Application deadlines

We operate a staged admissions process with several application rounds throughout the year.

Apply by midnight (UK time) on the relevant application round deadline to ensure that you receive the outcome of your application by the decision date.

We recommend applying as early as you can – we cannot guarantee that places will be available, or that courses will remain open, in later rounds.

Application rounds

Round 1
  • Apply by 4 November 2022
  • Decision by 19 December 2022
Round 2
  • Apply by 20 January 2023
  • Decision by 10 March 2023
Round 3
  • Apply by 31 March 2023
  • Decision by 12 May 2023
Round 4
  • Apply by 26 May 2023
  • Decision by 27 July 2023
Round 5
  • Apply by 7 July 2023
  • Decision by 4 August 2023

Making an application

Apply online

All applicants must apply online.

Visit our Admissions website for details on the application process.

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

Application fee

If you are applying for a taught Master’s course, you will need to pay an application fee before submitting your application.

The fee applies per application and not per course:

  • £80 for all taught Master's applications excluding those to the Imperial College Business School
  • £100 for all MSc applications to the Imperial College Business School
  • £150 for MBA applications to the Imperial College Business School

There is no application fee for MRes courses, Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas or research courses, such as PhDs and EngDs.

If you are facing financial hardship and are unable to pay the application fee, we encourage you to apply for our application fee waiver. 

Find out more about the application fee and waiver

ATAS certificate (overseas candidates)

An ATAS certificate is required for all visa-nationals, with the exception of EEA/Swiss nationals and nationals of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the USA.

To apply for an ATAS certificate online, you will need your programme’s Common Aggregation Hierarchy (CAH) code and ‘descriptor’, as well as your university supervisor name. For this course, these are:

CAH codeDescriptorSupervisor name
CAH03-01-03 ecology and environmental biology Professor Anne Dell

Your student visa application, or extension of stay, will automatically be refused if you need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide one.

For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate please see the information on our International Student Support website.

Further questions?

Find answers to your questions about admissions. Answers cover COVID-19, English language requirements, visas and more.

Visit the FAQs

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

Find out more about fees and funding opportunities.

Tuition fees

Home rate of tuition

2023 entry

Fees will be published here soon.

Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year. Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2022 will apply to fees for the academic year 2022–2023.

Fee status

Whether you pay the Home fee depends on your fee status.

Your fee status is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status.

Find out more about how we assess your fee status.

EU/EEA/Swiss students

The Government has confirmed that EU/EEA/Swiss students who begin a course before the 31 July 2021 will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.

EU/EEA/Swiss students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note, we do not expect this to apply to Irish students or students benefitting from Citizens' Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens' Rights Agreement respectively. However, we are currently awaiting the formal publication of the amended Fees and Awards regulations.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website has useful information on the conditions you currently need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the Home rate for study on a higher education course in England and reflect the regulations as they currently stand (not the amended regulations which are subject to publication).

Overseas rate of tuition

2023 entry

Fees will be published here soon.

Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year. Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2022 will apply to fees for the academic year 2022–2023.

Fee status

Whether you pay the Overseas fee depends on your fee status.

Your fee status is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status.

Find out more about how we assess your fee status.

EU/EEA/Swiss students

The Government has confirmed that EU/EEA/Swiss students who begin a course before the 31 July 2021 will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.

EU/EEA/Swiss students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note, we do not expect this to apply to Irish students or students benefitting from Citizens' Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens' Rights Agreement respectively. However, we are currently awaiting the formal publication of the amended Fees and Awards regulations.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website has useful information on the conditions you currently need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the Home rate for study on a higher education course in England and reflect the regulations as they currently stand (not the amended regulations which are subject to publication).

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you're a UK national, or EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government, if you meet certain criteria.

For 2022-23 entry, the maximum amount is £11,836. The loan is not means-tested and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies.

See what opportunities you may be eligible for:

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Further information

Life Sciences

Got a question?

Professor Rob Ewers
T: +44 (0)20 7594 2223
E: r.ewers@imperial.ac.uk

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