Taught course

Applied Ecology

University of Exeter · Biosciences

Entry requirements

Normally at least a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in Biology or a relevant science subject is required, although a 2:2 with relevant experience will be considered. Applicants from non-science backgrounds will be considered, provided that the first degree contained an empirical component, and/or if the applicants have had work experience in the field of conservation/wildlife management.

Months of entry


Course content

Designed in consultation with multiple external agencies and delivered by leading international researchers, this programme offers advanced training in ecological census techniques together with opportunities to undertake two census projects. The course has a significant research component, with substantial fieldwork opportunities in the UK as well as a fieldcourse in Africa. The taught modules and practical application, lead to advanced skills in scientific method, ecological census and quantitative biology.

There is a high degree of input from ecologists in collaborating governmental and non-governmental organisations. This participation takes a variety of forms, including guest lectures, field visits and specific training courses, but may also include providing research projects in their organisations. Collaborating organisations include: Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Marine Conservation Society, Natural England, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Food and Environment Research Agency and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

Professional field biology and career development skills are embedded in the programme to enhance employability. Students learn wildlife photography, geographic information systems, first aid for expeditions and field work, plus how to publish their own website, secure funding and communicate science to the general public.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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