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MRes Tropical Forest Ecology

Imperial College London

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  • Qualification

    MRes - Master of Research

  • Location

    Silwood Park Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The MRes in Tropical Forest Ecology provides high-level research training, covering the latest developments in the field. The course is the only postgraduate degree in the UK to solely focus on tropical forest ecology, while also covering the physical and biological aspects of the forest ecosystem. There is an emphasis on understanding the linkages between these two components. This degree is embedded within the Grand Challenges in Ecosystems and the Environment Initiative which promotes interdisciplinary research and partnerships, bringing together natural scientists, engineers, mathematicians, medics, economists and social scientists.

The course consists of class-based teaching, field work and a major research project. During field work you will work collaboratively with researchers, directly embedding you in an active global network.

The programme can be taken full-time over one-year or part-time over two-years. The course begins with a series of lectures for the first four-months, followed by a three-week field skills module in Malaysia, before you begin your research project. The Malaysia field work is an important part of the programme, and it is anticipated that you will work in a wide range of additional tropical nations for your project work. You complete an extensive 30-week research project accounting for 45% of your overall degree grade, which is submitted at the end of the degree. You are assessed on your written work, a project presentation and viva. We encourage you to develop project ideas with supervisors in tropical nations and will work with you to find contacts and placements that make this a smooth process. You develop your practical research skills throughout this Master’s degree, preparing you for a career in the field, or further study at PhD level.

Tuition fees

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£ 28,300per year

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University information

Imperial College London

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  • Campus address

    Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, Kensington and Chelsea, SW7 2AZ, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    7th out of 100 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    180 82%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    86.0 86%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.94 79%



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