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Full time September MRes 1 year FT

About the course

Biodiversity is threatened by climate change and other consequences of the growing human population. To solve this, and some of the other global challenges facing humanity, we need researchers with an in-depth understanding of ecosystems.

As an MRes Ecology and Environment student, you’ll work with leaders in the field. You’ll develop key research skills in our taught modules, while your extensive individual research project will give you practical experience of how organisms and environments interact, equipping you to address major environmental challenges.

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Linking your research interests with our research excellence

Our MRes Ecology and Environment programme is uniquely research-focused. You’ll be assigned to a research supervisor on the basis of your particular

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Entry Requirements

At least a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in biology or a closely related quantitative subject as well as demonstrable evidence of aptitude and enthusiasm for research (eg an undergraduate research project).

We also accept qualifications from other countries. Find out which qualifications we accept from your country on our webpages for international students: View Website

If you have not already studied in a country where English is the majority language, it is likely that you will need to have an English language qualification. We usually ask for IELTS: Overall grade of 6.5 with 6 in each component.


Up-to-date fees can be found on the University of Sheffield's webpages for postgraduate students: Please see the university website for further information on fees for this course.

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Student Profile(s)

Hebe Carmichael

"The reputation of the Animal and Plant Sciences department and the high standard of research that takes place here prompted me to apply to the University of Sheffield. This seemed a natural progression following on from my first degree in Zoology from the University of Leicester where I had enjoyed completing an interesting research project. I decided to embark on the MRes Ecology and Environment course in order to gain further experience of a research environment, to help me decide whether a PhD might be for me.

I am currently working in the lab on a project investigating how both genetics and predation pressure affect organism responses to climate change in terms of temperature change, using water fleas (Daphnia pulex) as a model system. The MRes course has allowed me to tailor my project to my particular interests, incorporating both evolution and ecology as well as climate change. Additionally, it has enabled me to carry out each stage of the project independently with the help and support of my enthusiastic and motivating supervisor."

Tom Pearson

“I knew I wanted to focus on Ecology but wasn’t sure whether I wanted to do a PhD. Sheffield attracted me because the MRes Ecology and Environment course offered a chance to see what a PhD would be like and allow me to focus more on a project, rather than learning to try and pass exams. I chose Dr Dave Edwards as a supervisor as his research focuses on the effect of land use change on tropical communities, an area I feel strongly about.

I have just begun fieldwork in Rondônia, Brazil where we are contributing to a long-term analysis of the effect of logging on tree communities in partnership with a sustainable logging company. My specific project is investigating the impact of skid roads on young tree diversity and mortality, helping to gauge the sustainability of the operation and offer guidance on how to improve it. We haven’t entered the main forest yet, but so far, we’ve played footy with a local Brazilian team and seen some wildlife including five toucans and a massive bullet ant. Researchers in previous years have seen quite a few large mammals, so I’m pretty excited to get stuck in.”

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