University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham

Molecular Evolution

This course nvolves the study of the evolutionary relationships among organisms and gene families using molecular methods, with evolutionary trees (phylogenies) generated from the analysis of DNA and protein sequences; it involves both laboratory work (DNA extraction, PCR and sequencing) and bioinformatics (DNA sequence alignment and phylogeny reconstruction); research projects are available in: the evolutionary relationships in the molluscs (in particular, the land snails) and the link between molluscan phylogenies and biogeography; the molecular taxonomy of spiders and the link between rates of molecular and morphological diversification; studies on the evolution of spider silk gene families and the relationship between silk diversification and speciation; studies on the phylogeny of the foraminifera and the distribution of different genetic types across the oceans.

Entry requirements

2.2 Honours degree; or equivalent in a biological-related subject; or substantial and relevant professional experience is considered; where English is not 1st language IELTS: 6.5 with at least 6.0 in any element; or TOEFL paper based: 573 with 4.5 TWE are required.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time £ 3,980 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MRes Full-time £ 17,470 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University Park Campus Nottingham NG7 2RJ East Midlands

Key information

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