Postgraduate Opportunities at Imperial College London

Spend 1 year (Masters) or 3 to 4 years (PhD) at a leading international centre for research and training in ecology, evolution, conservation and the environment. Whether you are interested in a career in scientific research, conservation or ecological consultancy, there are courses for you!


Masters courses:
– Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
– Conservation Science
– Computational Methods in Ecology and Evolution (including genomics)
– Taxonomy & Biodiversity, Biosystematics (based at the Natural History Museum, London)
– Ecological Applications
– Ecosystem and Environmental Change
– Tropical Forest Ecology

PhD programme:
Choose a project and supervisor to match your interests from a pool of around 30 potential supervisors working across the disciplines outlined above. From the start, your training is research-led with just a few additional taught courses on transferable skills, together with research seminars, paper discussion groups etc.

For more information, contact postgraduate administrator, Amanda Ellis at


Why study at Imperial and the Silwood Park campus?

– Join a top international university, 2nd in the QS World University Rankings, 9th in The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and 22nd in the Shanghai Ranking 2014/2015.
– Fast-track programme to Masters (1 year) and PhD (3-4 years). Graduates go successfully into PhDs, post-docs and jobs in Europe, the USA and internationally.
–  Scholarships available through Imperial at both Masters and PhD level
–  No need to choose a project or supervisor ahead of time for Masters programmes. You will learn a range of skills and topics in the early part of the course, which will help to shape your interests and guide your choice of project.
– Projects range from 3.5 to 9 months depending on the Masters course, and can be based in our department or with external partner organisations anywhere in the world.
– Join a friendly, informal community where staff and students mingle. Academics come from every continent, as do students.
– Spend a year or more in a global centre of excellence for ecology, evolution and conservation. Network of contacts covers the globe, and you will interact with a steady stream of leading figures who visit for workshops and seminars.
– Courses are run jointly with world-famous biodiversity and conservation organisations, such as the Natural History Museum, the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, the Zoological Society of London and Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.
– The leafy campus is ideally situated: 30 minutes from London Heathrow and an hour from London Gatwick airport, within an hour from central London and Oxford. The South East of England contains one of the highest concentrations of academic researchers and conservation organisations in the world.

“A quite extraordinary number of good ideas in ecology have been hatched in the intellectual hotbed of Silwood Park, some at tea, some in the bar, some on the croquet lawn. Its surroundings give it the magic to attract and stimulate academics from around the world to be exceptionally creative.” – Stuart Pimm, Doris Duke Professor of Conservation, Duke University.

“Silwood Park’s superb and engaging faculty, cadre of students, postdoctoral fellows, and stream of academic visitors from around the world, continue to make highly important contributions to both basic understanding of ecological systems, and to critical applied questions.  I cannot think of a better intellectual environment that an international student could choose to launch his or her professional career. It also makes a great base from which to explore London, southern England and Europe.” – Robert Holt, Arthur R. Marshall, Jr., Chair in Ecology, University of Florida.


Department of Life Sciences, Silwood Park Campus
Imperial College London