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Ecology and Environmental Science MSc by Research

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January 2024
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
£6,300 (UK) *
£15,700 (INT) *
Course leader
Professor Lian Lundy
Professor Tom Dickins

This MSc is ideal for those wishing to move into conservation or environmental management as it offers excellent opportunities to work on projects directly linked to university key stakeholders. You will gain valuable practical experience as well as theoretical knowledge.

Why study MSc Ecology and Environmental by Research at Middlesex University?

The focus of the degree is the interplay of ecology and environmental science and its application to practical and/or theoretical problems. The programme will explore aspects of behavioural ecology, looking at how organisms behave under particular ecological circumstances, including human responses to environments.

You will be exposed to methods and theories in ecology, behavioural ecology and environmental science as well able being encouraged to work on real world problems of conservation and management. You will be able to develop your theoretical knowledge in specific areas that interest you.

This MSc is led by student interests and stakeholder concerns and you will be offered the unique opportunity to work with the City of London Corporation at their sites, including Epping Forest. You can also consider other field sites for your work and we will help to broker relationships with stakeholders.

This degree will equip you with the necessary skills required to enter the workplace but you could also to continue to study a PhD should you wish.

Course highlights

  • An opportunity to collect data and assist in the conservation effort in Epping Forest, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and a Special Area of Conservation
  • Exposure to a broad range of related interests in ecology and environmental science
  • An opportunity to work with academic staff across the Faculty of Science and Technology

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What will you study on the MSc Ecology and Environmental Science by Research?

This MSc by Research programme aims to develop your understanding in the following key areas:

  • Research planning
  • Ecological survey techniques
  • Environmental monitoring techniques
  • Data analysis

As this is a research degree, bespoke seminars to support theory building will be planned around your interests.

What will you gain?

In addition to gaining an in-depth knowledge of the subject, you will also gain the ability to plan, execute and produce a publishable MSc thesis. You will have an understanding of the key methods and theories and your skills in working with key stakeholders and adjusting research to real-world contingencies will have been developed.

How is the MSc Ecology and Environmental Science by Research taught?

As a research degree, your interests, discussion with academic staff and with key stakeholders shape this MSc programme. The City of London Corporation has a set of key issues that they should like addressing, and these will be presented early in the first term in order to focus seminar and workshop provision. You will be expected to take part in reading groups, seminars and group discussions and presentations. There will also be a large component of field work, some for training in methods, and much for the core thesis.


The MSc is entirely assessed by thesis and viva voce examination.

  1. Standard entry requirements
  2. International (inc. EU)
  3. How to apply
  1. UK
  2. International
  3. Additional costs

How can the MSc Ecology and Environmental Science by Research support your career?

The unique aspect of this MSc is the opportunity to work with the City of London Corporation and assist in their environmental management and conservation work. Other roles and opportunities are in conservation, environmental management and ecological surveys.

Professor Lian Lundy
Professor of Environmental Science

Lian is Professor of Environmental Science in the Urban Pollution Research Centre. Her research has focused on sustainable stormwater management, the transport and behaviour of urban pollutants and the use of multi-criteria analysis a decision support tool at a national and international level.

She is co-lead of the Risk Assessment and Policy Development working group of the wastewater re-use COST action NEREUS. Lian is co-PI on a Sustainable Society network grant which aims to develop and test a smart phone app to explore linkages between environmental quality and community resilience. She has recently completed research grants for Defra and the Scottish Government focussed on supporting policymakers to implement an ES approach.

Professor Tom Dickins
Professor of Behavioural Science

Professor Dickins' background is in psychological sciences (BSc; CNAA), philosophy of science (MSc; London) and evolutionary psychology (PhD; Sheffield); and much more recently, ecological survey techniques (PG Cert.; Oxon).

His research interests fall into behavioural ecology and theoretical concerns within evolutionary biology. On the former, Tom has worked on predictors of early fertility in human populations and more recently upon factors affecting clutch size in Kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla). He has also been working with his PhD student, Rob Spencer, and other colleagues investigating various aspects behaviour in urban gulls (Laridae).

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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