Many challenges facing society depend on the interaction between ecological systems, the environment and human wellbeing. Yet our current understanding of these complex systems is mostly insufficient for science-based intervention. Imperial College’s Grand Challenges in Ecosystems and the Environment Initiative is based at its Silwood Park campus; an internationally recognised centre of excellence for ecology research, and aims to fill this gap with a unique and innovative Masters in Research course.
This MRes gives students the opportunity to work on active projects alongside leading academics from many different disciplines, allowing them to create real-world impact during the course of their research.
The course will provide students with a cutting-edge interdisciplinary programme, providing high-level research training in the latest developments in the conservation of ecosystems and the environment, covering the physical, life, and social sciences, as well as an understanding of how to ensure that research has real-world impact. This will best prepare students for a career in Grand Challenges in Ecosystems and the Environment research and possible PhD studies.
Students complete 9 months of project-based research training. The projects are designed to give practical experience of desk-based or field research and provide the opportunity to learn a wide range of skills that build upon those taught earlier in the course.
This MRes comprises projects which can be based in the lab of any Grand Challenges in Ecosystems and the Environment member (with guidance and support from any participating department in College or in the University of an International Grand Challenges in Ecosystems and the Environment member), and are designed to provide students with experience of contributing to essential research which will provide real-world impact on an active project. Fully desk-based projects are also available.
The course involves 8 weeks of full time teaching of core skills and 9 months of project-based research training.
* Environmental and biological data sources and GIS * Statistics and programming * Understanding and modelling changes in the physical environment * Understanding and modelling changes in biological systems * Understanding and modelling changes in social-ecological systems * Understanding and modelling policy responses to grand challenges * Communicating your message, including scientific writing and engaging with stakeholders
Additionally, MRes students are able to attend many transferable skills courses that include:
* A one week induction course, including a series of seminars in Grand Challenges in Ecosystems and the Environment research * Attendance at workshops and guest lectures within the Grand Challenges in Ecosystems and the Environment initiative * A one-week summer school on ‘Grand Challenges in Ecosystems and the Environment’ * Training in complementary skills, personal development and business * Weekly reading groups * Preparing a CV