Animal Behaviour MRes

 
  

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Qualification
MRes Animal Behaviour
Duration
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
2:2 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject
IELTS
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September and February
Campus
University Park/Medical School
School/department
Other requirements

Research overview

Masters by Research (MRes) programmes allow students to undertake a substantial amount of independent research while gaining 20 credits of transferable skills training. The programmes are flexible in nature and allow students to take some additional accredited taught credits, in consultation with their supervisor. 

Research projects in this area will centre on adaptive decision-making in animals in a range of contexts, including: 

  • trade-offs between social and sexual behaviour, learning and other components of life history, such as immune function and disease resistance
  • associative and higher order learning in invertebrates
  • effects of genetic differences in social behaviour on population dynamics in nematodes
  • the evolution of insect pollinator systems 
 

Facilities

The School of Life Sciences are at the cutting-edge of many research areas and has modern facilities.

We have excellent facilities for genomics and post genomics including micro-arrays, sequencing, proteomics, imaging, mouse and zebrafish transgenics, model organisms (bacteria, yeast, worms, flies, arachnids, fish, amphibians, crustaceans and mammals) and bioinformatics.

We also foster interactions and discussions of current research with several internal themed discussion groups which include postgraduates, postdoctoral fellows and academic staff. We provide an environment for pursuing research in a fruitful and productive fashion leading to further development as scientists.   
 

Research support

A number of University support services exist to assist you during your time at Nottingham and beyond. The Postgraduate Students' Association (PGSA) are a particularly important source of support. 
 

Find a supervisor

We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area. Visit our research projects page to find a supervisor whose expertise match your own research interests.
 

Funding

UK/EU Students

UK/European research postgraduates in the Centre are funded by BBSRC, MRC, NERC, EPSRC, the European Union, The Lawes Trust and various University of Nottingham Scholarship Funds. 

The University Graduate School operates two schemes of its own to help support current postgraduate research: The Graduate School Travel Prize and Universitas21 funding. 

For prospective students the University has introduced a new funding database

The Graduate School also holds a list of other sources of funding. 

Studentship opportunities are also available.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

 
 

Careers

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 93% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,925 with the highest being £70,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career Prospects and Employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.  

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.  

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.  

 
 
 
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