MRes in Tropical Forest Ecology

Imperial College London

Program Description

MRes in Tropical Forest Ecology

Imperial College London

MRes in Tropical Forest Ecology

This course provides students with high-level research training in the latest developments in tropical forest ecology.

It covers the physical and biological aspects of the forest ecosystem, with an emphasis on understanding the linkages between these two components, with a focus on developing practical research skills to best prepare students for a career in tropical forest ecology research or in preparing for a PhD.


The classed based modules develop research skills and background knowledge of models used in tropical forest ecology, with topics such as:

  • Hydrology and meteorology
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Plant and animal ecology
  • GIS/environmental data
  • Statistics and programming
  • Metabolic ecology
  • Science communication

Field skills will be taught in a three-week field course held in Sabah, Malaysia. You will be trained in the taxonomic identification of plants, vertebrates and invertebrates and will obtain practical experience in designing, collecting and managing meteorological, hydrological, biogeochemical and biodiversity field data.

You will spend most of the year working on a research project in your chosen area, accounting for more than half of your work during the year. We encourage you to develop project ideas with supervisors in tropical nations and will work with you to find contacts and placements that make this a smooth process.

The course consists of class based teaching, field work and a major research project.

Minimum academic requirement

2:1 Honours degree in a science-based subject.

International qualificiation

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications.

English language requirements

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification.

Fees (2016-2017)


  • Full-time — £12,400; 2 years part-time — £6,200 per year


  • Full-time — £22,200; 2 years part-time — £11,100 per year
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 17, 2015
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This course is Campus based
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Oct. 2016
1 - 2 years
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Start date Oct. 2016
United Kingdom London, England
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