Applied Ecology and Conservation MRes Add to your prospectus

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months  
  • Programme start: September 2019
  • Entry requirements: You will need a 2:1 Honours degree or above in an appropriate field of study. Individual consideration is given to mature students with significant and relevant experience, and with professional qualifications.
Conservation and Resource Management mres

About us

School of Environmental Sciences

The thriving postgraduate community is central to the structure and strategy of the School of Environmental Sciences.

The School is located on the Liverpool University campus, close to the centre of the vibrant City of Liverpool, the European Capital of Culture in 2008. The city and the University have benefited from substantial investment in recent years, with further major investment planned for both the City’s waterfront and the University campus, where many millions are being spent on new and upgraded teaching facilities, new research facilities, and major on-campus halls of residence.

The School comprises around 70 academic staff, 50 support staff, 50 research staff, 800 undergraduate students and 150 postgraduate students. Overall, we aim to produce MSc graduates and post-graduate researchers with internationally-recognized expertise in their own field, who have an awareness of current environmental and academic research problems and are capable of applying their scientific and transferable skills to problems outside their field of training.

There are two Departments within the School:

Department of Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences, which consists of:

  • Earth Sciences
  • Ocean Sciences
  • Ecology
  • Marine Biology

Department of Geography and Planning, which consists of:

  • Planning
  • Geography


With our long history of research in ecology and marine biology, we’ve been given 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 our thriving postgraduate community’s central to our research activities.

We’ve over 90 active PGR students with 25 PGR students.

The University’s recently invested £7 million in marine ecology, which includes a new research vessel used for both research and teaching.

Research overview

Our work on the vulnerability of marine species and habitats to fishing and coastal development’s 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.

Your training and education

We aim to produce researchers with strong, transferrable research skills, who are internationally recognised in their own fields and understand current environmental and academic research problems.

You’ll develop your research skills primarily by completing a project under supervision. These skills include:-

  • data collection
  • manipulation of the data
  • data interpretation and modelling
  • critical analysis
  • literature surveys
  • presentation skills, through international conferences

We’ll also encourage and train you to publish your research as an academic paper. It’s not unusual for MRes students to students leave with a paper published in an international peer-reviewed journal.

If you are interested in our MRes contact Professor Rob Marris

Department address

The University of Liverpool
Brownlow Street
L69 3GD

Telephone: +44 (0)151 794 5195