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MRes Ecology and Environment

University of Sheffield    School of Biosciences

Full time September MRes 1 year full time 31 August 2022

About the course

Further your understanding of how we maintain ecosystems in the face of environmental change with our uniquely research-focussed course.

Course description

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 how we maintain ecosystems in the face of environmental change.

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Entry Requirements

A 2:1 BSc honours degree, or equivalent, in biology or a closely related quantitative subject. In addition, you should be able to demonstrate evidence of aptitude and enthusiasm for research eg an undergraduate research project.

Entry requirements for international students

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Other English language qualifications we accept

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.


Home (2022 annual fee) : £13,000
Overseas (2022 annual fee) : £28,500

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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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