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Course Structure The MRes in Ecology is a 1-year full time degree with a larger component of research compared to MSc courses. Central to this MRes is the research project (100 credits), which provides you with the opportunity to undertake research at the forefront of the ecology discipline. The rest of the course is to support research development by taught theory based and skills modules. An MRes degree provides students with the opportunity to develop expertise in both ecological theory and research. The course is based in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences. Working with academic staff from the University?s Biogeography and Ecology Research Group, students have the opportunity to obtain experience in a wide range of modern research techniques relating to ecology. Drawing on the expertise of members within the research group, students are able to undertake a significant piece of ecological research on a wide range of biological taxa including invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and plants. With an emphasis placed on undertaking novel ecological research, this degree offers an excellent preparation for both further academic study and industry based careers. Research Projects Students can design their own projects under the supervision of one or more relevant members of academic staff from the Biogeography and Ecology Research Group. This process is driven by the knowledge that you will gain from undertaking the two compulsory taught modules (Research Methods and Ecological Principles 20 credits each) and supplemented by your choice of optional modules (a total of 40 credits) which include: Ecology Field Skills, Molecular Ecology, Introduction to GIS, GIS in Environmental Applications, Water Quality Analysis, Work-in-progress seminars, Introduction to Statistics using Excel and Minitab, Advanced statistical analysis. Research themes of the group include: Landscape ecology Molecular ecology Conservation biology Carnivore ecology, conflict and conservation Plant-insect interactions and invertebrate ecology Chalk Grasslands ecology Wetland ecology Funding 2011 Students considering applying for the MRes programme in this coming academic year (October 2011) also have the opportunity to undertake specific research projects on the following topics: Successful applicants for these particular projects will be awarded a bursary worth 50% of homeEU fees. ? The effects of rotational cold fire on herbaceous species and functional diversity in bushveld communities. ? Pollination ecology of the burnt orchid (Neotina ustulata L.). ? Genetic diversity of brown hyaena inside and outside protected areas. ? Understanding the elusive giants: the ecology of the giant bronze gecko in the Vall?e de Mai forest, Praslin Island, Seychelles. Please ensure when you apply for the above projects, you indicate which one, or more, you wish to be considered for. Applications for bursaries require an application, recent CV and a cover letter to explain why you are applying for the project. Deadlines for applying for bursary funded projects is July 31st 2011.
Course Structure The MRes in Ecology is a 1-year full time degree with a larger component of research compared to MSc courses. Central to this MRes is the research project (100 credits), which provides you with the opportunity to undertake research at the forefront of the ecology discipline. The rest of the course is to support research development by taught theory based and skills modules. An MRes degree provides students with the opportunity to develop expertise in both ecological theory...