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Entry requirements

You’ll need a UK honours degree – normally a 2:1 – or the international equivalent, in a relevant subject. We might also consider your application if you have several years’ professional experience in a related field.

Months of entry


Course content

Our world is over-developed. Today, the damage to many of our ecosystems is a recognised fact – something must be done. This masters degree is your chance to play your role.

Study with us and you’ll develop an expert understanding of restoration ecology, the attempt to bring damaged ecosystems back to a more natural state. Along the way, you’ll have the support of a teaching team with an excellent track record of high-impact research, who bring their unique mix of experience into the classroom.

The loss of habitats in many natural environments is a global trend. Industrial activity, population growth, urban expansion, pollution of our waterways – with human development comes damage to ecosystems the world over. But society is waking up to this issue. Now that more people recognise the value of biodiversity, many have started to turn back from exploiting nature for economic gain, and toward preserving and recovering habitats. And that means harnessing the science of restoration ecology.

That makes it a subject that’s not only wide-ranging and fascinating, but vitally important too. It’s a discipline that offers the tools to design, undertake and manage interventions in threatened ecosystems. In other words, it’s the science of making a difference.

From the scientific theory underpinning habitat restoration and species recovery, to the hands-on activities required to implement them in the real world, this programme covers every aspect. And that means learning real skills in the real habitats – with field trips to ongoing restoration projects in the UK, Europe, Africa or South America.

It’s a comprehensive programme shaped by the latest research and practice – ensuring you’ll graduate with the expertise to make a valuable contribution in a wide range of ecological roles.

Core units:

  • Restoration science
  • Species recovery
  • Field course
  • Statistics and research design
  • Practical techniques and analysis
  • Research project

You'll also choose from a range of option units to tailor your learning.

The assessment on this course is 100% coursework based.

Information for international students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
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