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Masters degrees in Evolution offer postgraduate training in the study of organisms’ developmental adaptations to their environment through mechanisms of heredity and biological change. Specialisations include: Human Evolution including Behaviour, Language and Cognition; Animal Evolution including Ecology; Evolutionary Biology and Ethnobiology.
Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant science subject. Postgraduates with experience in other fields may also be equipped to study theoretical and philosophical aspects of Evolutionary theory and its impacts.
Courses in Evolution and Evolutionary Biology trace the developmental changes within organisms through a multitude of techniques. More science-based programmes explore analysis of genetics and molecular responses through methods such as computational biology. Interpreting and generating data through activities such as lab testing - including manipulating tissue culture and bioimaging - are a key component of most programmes. Archaeological techniques in palaeobiology and palaeobotany are also explored, such as taking skeletal measurements or carrying out excavations.
Careers may range from positions in NGOs (community development, nature conservation), government organisations (national statistics, health programmes), in zoos and museums (overseeing collections, co-ordination research), or careers in academia. If the latter is of most interest to you, a Masters in Evolution is excellent preparation for a PhD.
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Joining the world-leading Centre for Language Evolution (CLE), you will investigate the origins and evolution of human language, tackling questions such as. Read more
Which organisms are able to adapt to global change? How do birds decide when and where to migrate? When and why do individual differences in physiology or behaviour evolve? This Master's degree programme has a selection procedure. Read more
This course will give you broad experience in current whole organism research and strong theoretical, laboratory and field research skills. Read more
This course provides broad research training in ecology, evolution and conservation, focusing on fundamental concepts and theory, and their application to conservation and biodiversity science. Read more
This MRes is designed for students with a passion for the diversity of life on earth, who are looking to further their knowledge and experience of quantitative techniques in ecology, evolution and conservation. Read more
Taxonomy and systematics provide the foundation for studying the diversity of the living world. This course will give you a broad background in these disciplines and their power for our understanding of biological diversity. Read more
In this unique course we teach quantitative methods and biological concepts together, through application of the methods to cutting-edge biological research problems. Read more
The revolution in genetic mapping technology and the advent of whole genome sequences has turned quantitative genetics into one of the fastest growing areas of biology. Read more
The understanding of plant diversity and resources has never been more important. As we face the unprecedented challenges of climate change and environmental degradation, effective environmental surveillance and conservation depend upon detailed knowledge of plants and their habitats. Read more
Develop your understanding of the natural world by conducting a research project in a topic you are passionate about within ecology, evolution or behaviour with the support of world-leading researchers. Read more
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. Read more
The MRes Evolution. From the Galapagos to the 21st Century brings together academics from 9 different Schools and Departments across the University of Southampton. Read more
INTERNATIONAL BIOLOGY DOUBLE DEGREE The International Master’s in Biodiversity Ecology and Evolution – IMABEE – is a two-year research-oriented master’s programme for talented and motivated students who want to understand and work in the field of biodiversity, ecology, and evolution. Read more
Evolutionary theory has radically altered our understanding of human life. The Human Evolution and Behaviour MSc at UCL is designed to provide students with a solid practical and theoretical grounding in issues relevant to the evolution of humans and non-human primates. Read more
This MRes Advanced Biological Sciences lets you take your enthusiasm deeper with a research project carried out over a full calendar year supported by 4 modules that further develop your knowledge and skills. Read more