Taught course

Biological Recording and Ecological Monitoring

Institution
Manchester Metropolitan University · Department of Natural Sciences
Qualifications
MSc

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Entry requirements

You’ll need a UK honours degree – at least a 2:2 – or the international equivalent, in a relevant subject. We might also consider your application if you have several years’ professional or voluntary experience in a related field.

International students please see mmu.ac.uk/international

English requirements: IELTS 6.5, with no component below 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Description

Biological recording is vital for biodiversity conservation. In this period of rapid climate change, the ability to collect, manage and interpret information about our natural world has never been more important. This highly practical masters course will give you all the skills you need to make a valuable and rewarding contribution in this specialist area.

Developed in association with the Field Studies Council (FSC) and the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, this course is largely field-based, as you’d expect with a focus on biological recording and identification skills. You’ll study part-time over a minimum of two years, with three of four core units delivered online, and one delivered via a mix of online study and main campus teaching and field visits. You’ll add to these with six field-based option units, delivered as weekend courses at FSC centres around the UK.

It’s a highly vocational course that offers an ideal way to sharpen up the field skills you’ll need to take your career in the direction you want. With advanced knowledge of the ‘why’, ‘where’ and ‘how’ of collecting and maintaining biological records of the areas that interest you most, you’ll leave us equipped with the expertise to pursue a rewarding future in a specialist field.


Career prospects

With the high-quality field and record interpretation skills you’ll develop on this course, you’ll be ready to apply for specialist roles in ecology, conservation and biological recording. Our former graduates have an excellent record of recruitment and promotion in these fields.

Careers support is available from the moment you join us, and for up to three years after you finish your course. Dedicated careers and employability advisors in the Department of Natural Sciences and the University Careers Service will help you find the role that’s right for you.

Meet our Many Faces of Natural Sciences

We are celebrating the achievements of talented people in Natural Sciences, some of whom are alumni at Manchester Met.

From an ecologist to a forensic biologist, a chemist to a social media manager and researchers at the cutting-edge of their disciplines, meet our Many Faces of Natural Sciences.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
courses@mmu.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)161 247 6969