Taught course

Applied Ecology and Conservation

University of East Anglia · School of Biological Sciences

Entry requirements

Open to students with a good first degree (min 2.1 or equivalent) in a Biology-related subject, plus evidence of additional conservation experience. First degrees in Geography or Environmental Management with a strong ecological component are also accepted. Non-scientists seeking to apply can take the one year Diploma in Ecology and enter the MSc Applied Ecology & Conservation the following year.

Months of entry


Course content


Core modules explore ecological survey methods, current global issues in conservation, research skills for ecologists and statistics. To shape the course to your interest, choose from a diverse range of optional modules, such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS), practical conservation, work placement, restoration ecology, conservation genetics, biodiversity conservation and human society and ecological modelling. The broad areas of topics within this course are given solid grounding through planning, fundraising and executing a research project.


The MSc Applied Ecology and Conservation has a flexible course structure suitable for students who wish to build the skills necessary for a range of careers in conservation and applied ecology. The one year programme starts with a field course. You will take a combination of taught modules during the first half of the year, spending the second half on an individual research project, often overseas.


Most of the teaching is conducted by Conservation Biologists and Ecologists in the Schools of Biological and Environmental Sciences, including collaboration with leading conservation organisations.


This course provides you with interdisciplinary training forming a platform for doctoral research or direct access to employment demanding conservation expertise. With a range of transferable skills, you will have the opportunity to establish valuable contacts with potential employers through short and long term work experience and research interaction with local and international conservation organisations.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows: IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components) PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0)1603 591515