Taught course

Applied Ecology

Institution
University of Gloucestershire · School of Natural and Social Sciences
Qualifications
MScPGDipPGCert

Entry requirements

At least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent.

Applicants 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.

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

Months of entry

September

Course content

This course has a highly practical emphasis involving 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 are numerous opportunities to apply academic theory by working on projects with linked organisations, including the Royal Society of Biology, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and Natural England. You’ll gain valuable experience with field trips to nature reserves in the Severn Vale, Cotswolds and South Wales. There are also opportunities to undertake international fieldwork.*

The course is underpinned by the research expertise of the applied ecology teaching team, including practical conservation, biotic responses to climate change, avian and mammal biology, insect behaviour and evolution, non-native species introductions, population and community ecology, and environmental biology.

There is considerable optionality in the course, both in choice of modules and in assessment topics within modules, to allow students to tailor course content to their own interests and career aspirations.

Fees and funding

Learn more at out postgraduate fees, loans and finance page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    20 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    8 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    8 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    4 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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Enquiries
Email
enquiries@glos.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)3330 141414