Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University

Biological Recording

The programme is designed to develop your ability to use and collect biological records and subject them to critical analysis. It is run in association with the Field Studies Council and the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland.

Entry requirements

At least an upper 2nd-Class UK Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a subject such as ecology, biology, zoology, botany, animal behaviour or environmental science is normally required. Applicants from different academic backgrounds or without formal qualifications � but with equivalent experience � will also be considered.

Course modules

Modules include: Managing biological recording; research methods in biological recording; site assessments using vegetation and invertebrates; identifying difficult invertebrate groups; identifying bryophytes for recording and conservation; identifying difficult higher plant groups; bird survey techniques; identification and survey techniques; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Essays, presentations, practical assignments such as collection and preparation of voucher specimens, construction of identification keys, site evaluations, identification tests, production of posters and mock journal papers.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
The Gateway (Shrewsbury) Shrewsbury SY1 1NB West Midlands

Key information

Course Enquiries
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0161 247 6969