Taught course

Species Identification and Survey Skills

University of Reading · School of Biological Sciences

Entry requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (2:1) or above (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) in an appropriate subject, but each application will be considered individually.

Months of entry


Course content

The objective of our MSc Species Identification and Survey Skills programme is to prime you for employment as an ecological consultant.

To achieve this, the School of Biological Sciences has teamed up with RSK to deliver a course that precisely provides the skills and knowledge demanded by consultants. Most of the 110 taught credits consist of hands-on and field-based training, with no written examinations. In addition to the taught component, you will have the opportunity to embark on a six-month work placement with an ecological consultant. A bursary for this period is provided by the employer.

More than half of all credits on this programme are overseen by consultants when you choose to take a placement and, consequently, this course is unique in the UK. As a result of this synergy, the current course employment rate in the ecology and ecological consultancy sectors is 100% (DLHE survey, 2016–17 leavers).

Read more about MSc Species Identification and Survey Skills.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,430 per year
International students
£20,305 per year

You will be supported in finding a paid six-month work placement with an ecological consultant (driving licence needed).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Global Recruitment Team