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MRes Evolutionary Biology

Course Description

Evolutionary biology is the study of how and why organisms are the way they are, and how we can apply our knowledge of evolutionary biology to deal with grand challenges facing us such as antibiotic resistance, cancer and environmental change. Sussex has long been a centre of excellence for evolutionary biology, counting John Maynard Smith among its founding members.

This MRes will give you advanced knowledge and research skills in evolutionary biology. The research-focused degree is based on our research strengths in evolutionary biology, from the evolution of sociality, symbioses and sexual conflict to the process and effect of mutations, complemented by a range of taught modules from across the University.

The degree will provide you with a high-quality learning experience in evolutionary biology research that will place you in a strong position to move on to a PhD in evolutionary biology or research career in associated areas.


The taught modules are assessed via a variety of methods including essays, reports and presentations. The project is assessed with a dissertation.

Course structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience.

The MRes in Evolutionary Biology is based around an in-depth research project in evolutionary biology, which has the aim of producing a scientific publication. This is complemented by a range of relevant taught options, including field courses. You study 180 credits of modules across the year.

Autumn term: you take Research Foundations (30 credits) and Project Proposal (15 credits). You also choose from Masters Tropical Rainforest Field Course (15 credits) • Intelligence in Animals and Machines (15 credits) • News Research and Writing (15 credits).

Spring term: you choose from Current Topics in Life Sciences (15 credits) • Rewilding and Ecosystem Services (15 credits) • Masters Mediterranean Ecology and Behaviour Field Course (15 credits).

Spring and summer terms: Masters Research Project (90 credits).

Career Paths

Our MRes graduates will have developed the skills and understanding to carry out scientific research in their chosen area of study, allowing them to move on to a PhD, and develop a career in academic research or other areas.

To find out more, visit Careers and alumni - http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/careersandalumni

Visit the MRes Evolutionary Biology page on the University of Sussex website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first or upper second class undergraduate honours degree in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

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