Taught course

Applied Ecology

University of Gloucestershire · Department of Natural and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

•An honours degree in psychology which has not been accredited by the British Psychological Society •An ordinary degree in psychology, or •A degree in a subject other than psychology. •Applicants must also have studied at least half an academic year’s worth of psychology (particularly in case 3 above), although they can undertake a foundation program at the University of Gloucestershire if this is not the case. •You will need at least a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject •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 •International students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

  • combine industry-standard techniques with academic theory to progress your career in ecology or conservation
  • work on live site-based projects with organisations such as the Royal Society of Biology, with the option to participate in overseas fieldwork.
  • learn from research-active tutors experienced in a range of specialist subjects and consultancy disciplines

Our MSc in Applied Ecology provides students with the advanced knowledge and skills required for employment in all areas of practical ecology and conservation. 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 in several key taxonomic groups 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 numerous opportunities to work on projects with linked organisations including wildlife trusts, zoos and wildlife parks, charities and public authorities, with the expectation that assignments, and especially dissertation work, will have direct impact on the understanding and management of species and their environments. There is 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 in applied ecology, including conservation of species, biotic responses to climate change, avian 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.

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

Enquiries Team
03330 141414