Ecology PhD / MPhil

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.

Why study with us?

I have a comfortable office with access to all the resources I need. If equipment and facilities are in high demand, the staff in the department do everything they can to help you gain access.

Claire Mellett - Ecology PhD student
  • £7m

    investment in marine ecology.

  • 90+

    postgraduate research students.

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.


Study options and fees


MPhil / PhD Duration Home/EU Students International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,407* (2020) £23,650* ^ (lab based programmes)
£18,000* (non Lab based programmes) (2020).
Part time 4-6 years £2,204* (2020) £11,825* (lab based programmes) £9,000* (non Lab based programmes) (2020)

*This fees excludes potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter.

^Self funded full time international students studying a lab based programme will receive a £2,000 reduction in their fees for the first year only.


Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from well qualified graduates who would typically hold a UK first degree or equivalent in the first or 2:1 class, or a 2:2 class degree plus a Masters degree, in a relevant subject.

For all taught and research degree programmes the typical minimum entry requirement is a Bachelors degree (with Honours) at 2:1 level or better and in an appropriate field of study. Equivalent overseas degrees together with an acceptable English language qualification are also accepted. Individual consideration is given to mature students with significant and relevant experience and with professional qualifications.

We welcome applications from around the world. You should ensure that your qualifications are equivalent to those required to study for this research degree. See our guidance on international qualifications.

You must also have reached a minimum standard of English and be able to provide evidence of this. See our English language requirements for international students.


How to apply

Research degree applications can be made online.  You'll also need to ensure that you have funding to cover all fees.

Applications are open all year round.

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