Ecology MPhil/PhD

Major code: ESLP/ESLM


With our long history of research in ecology and marine biology, we play an influential role in solving today’s pressing environmental problems.

Ecology is one of the four subject disciplines within the School of Environmental Sciences and the exciting, multidisciplinary nature of our research activity is central to our thriving postgraduate community.

Subject Overview

The broad interests of our academic staff encompass theoretical ecology and work in field sites in Merseyside, elsewhere in the UK and around the world. To support this, the University has recently invested £7 million in marine ecology, which includes a new research vessel used for both research and teaching.

Our work on the vulnerability of marine species and habitats to fishing and coastal development is being used to develop sustainable management plans by agencies such as the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea.

Another hot topic we’re studying is the impact of burning upland vegetation on ecosystem carbon storage, water quality and biodiversity.

Key Facts

Student body
We've over 90 active PGR students

Why Ecology?

£7 million investment

The University's recent £7 million investment in marine ecology and the creation of the new School of Environmental Sciences have resulted in excellent research and teaching facilities.