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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 ‘what is it that makes us human?’, ‘how did our brains evolve?’ and ‘what are the origins of human language?’. 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
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
Taught by expert researchers, this innovative MSc combines evolutionary anthropology, focusing on the behaviour of human and non-human primates, with evolutionary, developmental and cognitive psychology. Read more
A unique opportunity to consider evolutionary biology, experimentally and theoretically, starting in the place that helped Darwin formulate his ideas about Natural Selection. . 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
The MRes in Molecular Evolution involves the study of the evolutionary relationships among organisms and gene families using molecular methods, with evolutionary trees (phylogenies) generated from the analysis of DNA and protein sequences. Read more
This course will give you broad experience in current whole organism research and strong theoretical, laboratory and field research skills. Read more
A range of courses developed with public sector organisations within the education, teaching, business, health, law and psychology spheres.
The Department has an outstanding international reputation for research and excellent facilities for postgraduate research and taught courses.
As the modern inheritors of our 400-year-old reputation for excellence, our staff and students contribute to a vibrant academic community whose visions are shaping tomorrow's world. The School's strong interdisciplinary research profile makes us a fantastic destination for postgraduate study. All of our campus-based Taught Masters Programmes are offered either as a one-year, full time MSc degree, including a research dissertation or as a nine-month, full time diploma. The MSc degree involves two semesters of teaching followed by an individual research project while the diploma features two se
Life Sciences at Sussex is renowned for offering a global outlook and positive approaches to our research and your studies.
The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) offers a large number of Master's programmes(overseen by our Graduate School of Science and Engineering).
We’re ranked in the world’s top 5 universities for linguistics (QS World University Rankings by subject 2019), and ranked as part of the top Language Sciences department in the UK thanks to world-leading research in English Language and Linguistics (THE Rankings of the REF 2014).