M.Res. On Campus

Evolution - From the Galapagos to the 21st Century

12 months
28000 GBP/year
14600 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Discover the process of evolution, and its impact on modern life with the Evolution - From the Galapagos to the 21st Century MRes course offered by the University of Southampton. You'll take a field trip to the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific, where Charles Darwin developed his theory of natural selection.


Course Details

At this Evolution - From the Galapagos to the 21st Century MRes course offered by the University of Southampton you’ll work with academics from across the University while developing knowledge and skills in your chosen specialism. 

As an MRes student you’ll spend more time on your research project and less on the taught part of the course. 

You’ll gain a unique perspective on the subject through insights from subject areas including: 

  • biological sciences 
  • archaeology 
  • computer sciences 
  • engineering 
  • maths 
  • medicine 
  • ocean and Earth sciences 

You’ll gain a strong foundation in evolutionary biology, while learning about new methods, current global challenges and the latest research topics, such as: 

  • evolutionary medicine 
  • evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo) 
  • bioengineering 
  • computational evolution 
  • the philosophy of science 

A highlight of the course is a 2-week field trip to the Galapagos, the ‘living laboratory’ that played a key role in Darwin’s theory of evolution. This is an amazing opportunity for you to discover how these remote islands’ unique species helped to shape modern science.

Career Opportunities

A range of career opportunities are open to you having completed your MRES:

  • Biotechnology, pharmaceutical, agricultural industry- depending on specialisation
  • Postgraduate research training
  • Scientific officer in research laboratories
  • Teaching

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Global Change Biology
  • Cancer Chromosome Biology
  • Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
  • Evolution of Complexity
  • Biogeography
  • Structure and Dynamics of Networks
  • Modelling with Differential Equations
  • Philosophy Individually Negotiated Topic 
  • Orthopaedic Biomechanics
  • Computational methods in biomedical engineering design
  • Microfossils, Environment and Time

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • You’ll need a 2:1 degree.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28000 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    14600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14600 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

EU and international students pay £28,000.

Living costs for Southampton

697 - 1093 GBP /month
Living costs

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