MRes Tropical Forest Ecology

Key information

Start date: September 2019
Campus: Silwood Park
ECTS: 90 credits

Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
An overview of the course
2018 entry

Overview

Our MRes in Tropical Forest Ecology provides high-level research training, covering the latest developments in the field.

The course is the only postgraduate degree in the UK to solely focus on tropical forest ecology, while also covering the physical and biological aspects of the forest ecosystem. There is an emphasis on understanding the linkages between these two components.

This degree is embedded within the Grand Challenges in Ecosystems and the Environment Initiative which promotes interdisciplinary research and partnerships, bringing together natural scientists, engineers, mathematicians, medics, economists and social scientists.

The course consists of class-based teaching, field work and a major research project.

During field work you will work collaboratively with researchers, directly embedding you in an active global network.

Study programme

The programme can be taken full-time over one-year or part-time over two-years. The course begins with a series of lectures for the first four-months, followed by a three-week field skills module in Malaysia, before you begin your research project.

The Malaysia field work is an important part of the programme, and it is anticipated that you will work in a wide range of additional tropical nations for your project work.

You complete an extensive 30-week research project accounting for 45% of your overall degree grade, which is submitted at the end of the degree. You are assessed on your written work, a project presentation and viva.

We encourage you to develop project ideas with supervisors in tropical nations and will work with you to find contacts and placements that make this a smooth process.

Careers

You develop your practical research skills throughout this Master’s degree, preparing you for a career in the field, or further study at PhD level.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Structure

Taught (40%)

You take all of the following modules:

  • Basic Field Methods
  • Field course: Biogeochemistry
  • Field course: Community Ecology
  • Field course: Hydrometeorology
  • Planning Field Projects

Research (60%)

You take all of the following modules:

  • Biodiversity
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Energy, water and plants
  • Experimental Design and Advanced Statistics
  • Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • GIS/Environmental Data
  • Research project
  • Statistics and Programming

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

  • Computer-based work
  • Discussion groups
  • Field work
  • Group work exercises
  • Laboratory
  • Lectures
  • Individual research project & dissertation (8 months), which can include placements
  • Online lecture materials
  • Online seminar recordings
  • Practical classes and field work
  • Presentations
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • Dissertations
  • Essays
  • Individual research project report
  • Presentations
  • Viva

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

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

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

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.

How to apply

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

How to apply

Making an application

To apply for this course, you need to use our online application system.

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

ATAS certificate (overseas candidates)

An ATAS certificate is required for all Non-EEA/Swiss nationals who require a visa to study in the UK.

To apply for an ATAS certificate online, you will need your programme details and the relevant Common Aggregation Hierarchy (CAH) code and ‘descriptor’. For this course, these are:

CAH codeDescriptor
CAH03-01-03 ecology and environmental biology

Your Tier 4 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.

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.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2019 entry
Full-time £15,000 per year
Part-time £7,500 per year

* 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 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2019 entry
Full-time £26,500 per year
Part-time £13,250 per year

* 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 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. 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. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

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

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Got a question?

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

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