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Full time September MRes 1 year FT

About the course

The connection between how organisms have evolved and how they behave is a fundamental principle of biology. It can show us why organisms are the way they are, and answer deep questions about the diversity of life on earth.

As an MRes Evolution and Behaviour student, you’ll work with leaders in the field to address these vital questions. You’ll develop key research skills in our taught modules, while your extensive individual research project will give you practical experience of how organisms have evolved and what this means for the past and future of life on earth.

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Linking your research interests with our research excellence

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

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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


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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Sam Fenton

"The course places a really strong emphasis on research which is great as it really allows you time to develop your project and really make it your own. There’s such a wide range of research interests within the department which ensures that every student has the chance to do a project related to their field of interest. The department did a great job at getting me up to speed with any processes and techniques I needed to know as well as helping me learn the ins and outs of R which has been a massive asset as I’ve carried out my research.

The highlight for me so far was the two months I spent in Tjärnö, Sweden working at the Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Infrastructure while I carried out the field work for my project investigating local adaptation in snails. Sweden is such an incredible country and the chance to be there on a Masters budget is pretty incredible. Everyone I worked with out there, as well as back in Sheffield, was incredibly welcoming and helpful and my time out there has really made me want do more research abroad or even study abroad in the future which is something I never thought I would do.”

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