Taught course

Applied Ecology

University of Gloucestershire · Department of Natural and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

At least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent.

Mature students with substantial relevant work experience may be considered without a degree qualification.

We particularly welcome applicants with qualifications or experience in areas such as biology, animal biology, ecology, zoology, geography or environmental sciences.

Months of entry


Course content

Students follow a curriculum with a highly practical emphasis and undertake hands-on exercises in field and laboratory settings. In the field, you will cover identification skills for a wide range of species, as well as industry-standard survey techniques such as phase 1 habitat surveying, habitat condition assessments, national vegetation classification and bird territory mapping. Laboratory sessions will include use of microscopes in taxonomy, and analysis of environmental parameters such as water oxygen levels and soil nutrient status to enable better understanding of species–environment interactions.

There will be opportunities to work on projects with linked organisations, including wildlife trusts, nature reserve managers, charities and public authorities. There is also the option to take a residential field trip; this currently takes place on a wildlife reserve in South Africa. The course is underpinned by the applied research expertise of the teaching team, which includes conservation of species, biotic responses to climate change, bird and mammal biology, insect behaviour and evolution, non-native species introductions, population and community ecology, and environmental biology. An additional theme of citizen science develops awareness of the role of public engagement in surveying and conserving species in the wider environment.

Information for international students

EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in any band) or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
20 months
full time
8 months


part time
8 months
full time
4 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)3330 141414