Postgraduate study in Biosciences

After graduating with a BSc in Biology from the University of Nottingham I was keen to pursue my interests in ecology, animal behaviour and conservation but didn’t feel ready to head straight into a PhD. So instead I applied for the MSc in Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology, because it offered some great research opportunities and a chance to increase my theoretical knowledge and practical skills. I would certainly recommend the course to anyone wishing to do the same. The Masters improved my ability to think critically and present new ideas, and taught me important skills, from field and lab techniques to applying for grants and producing reports. The research project was definitely the most worthwhile and enjoyable part of the course for me. I studied ‘multiple paternity in green turtles at Ascension Island’, and spent three months collecting data in the field and then returned to work in the lab using PCR and microsatellite analysis. Carrying out cutting-edge research under expert supervision was a really exciting experience and great preparation for my PhD. I have stayed on at the Penryn campus to study for my  PhD.

Kate Plummer, MSc in Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology graduate and PhD 'Effects of over-winter dietary provisioning on health and productivity of garden birds'.