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
investment in marine ecology.
postgraduate research students.
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.
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.
We welcome applications from within the EU and 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. Before you apply, we recommend that you identify a supervisor and develop a research proposal. You'll also need to ensure that you have funding to cover all fees.
Applications are open all year round.
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Your supervisor is your main source of academic support and mentoring. You'll need to find a supervisor before you start your research degree. It's helpful to identify a supervisor and discuss your research proposal before you apply.
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