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Biodiversity, Ecology and Ecosystems - MSc

Course content

As the global population exceeds seven billion, the agricultural industry is one of the largest and most vital in the world. However, it is fundamentally unsustainable. The need to produce enough to feed our population, without compromising future generation's' ability to do the same, is becoming ever more important.

This MSc combines cutting-edge theory with the practical, applied skills you'll need to become an effective researcher or industry specialist. Our teaching draws directly from our research, meaning you'll be working with academics who are leading the field. You'll benefit from state-of-the-art facilities and expertise from Department of Biology staff with close links to the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products and the York Environmental Sustainability Institute.

This course is an ideal next step for students with a BSc who are interested in pursuing a career in research or the environmental sector.

Key features

-Learn how basic biomedical research is conducted and translated by scientists in one of the UK’s top-ranked biological sciences departments

-Develop the skills to pursue a PhD in biodiversity and ecosystem research or other specialist career paths within the environmental  sector, either in the UK or overseas.

Taught modules

-Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Ecology

-Data Analysis and Programming in the Biosciences

-Research, Professional and Team Skills

-Optional modules in topics including Conservation ecology & biodiversity, Environmental microbiology, Plant-Soil Interactions

Research projects

You will complete an independent study project during the Summer Term, which is designed to give you experience in managing and completing a project in a cutting-edge research context. This is an opportunity to further develop and apply your skills to a current research question, and specialise in a particular area or research technique within biodiversity research​.

Most students choose to complete a project in collaboration with an academic supervisor within the University, but you may opt to complete this project as an external placement. You will have full access to our dedicated Masters workspace whilst completing your project.

Research and transferable skills

We will equip students with the key skills of the modern researcher, including critical thinking, data interpretation, statistics, programming, and the written, oral and graphical presentation of scientific data and ideas.


Visit the Biodiversity, Ecology and Ecosystems - MSc page on the University of York website for more details!

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