Staffordshire University

Staffordshire University

Invertebrate Ecology and Conservation

This course covers freshwater and terrestrial invertebrates, but excludes marine invertebrates; the course has been designed to foster freshwater and terrestrial invertebrate conservation and provide the knowledge and skills base for a range of careers in conservation and consultancy; the course is designed for recent graduates in biological or environmental sciences who are keen on invertebrates and who hope to move into conservation-related careers, and for people currently working in conservation, consultancy, and land management who want to upgrade their professional qualifications; MSc students must complete all core modules (180 credits), a research project and chose a further 1 from options, whilst postgraduate diploma students take just the 8 core modules (120 credits) and postgraduate certificate students take 4 of the core modules (60 credits).

Entry requirements

2.2 degree in a biological, environmental or geographical subject and/or accredited professional qualification or vocational experience in relevant areas.

Course modules

Core modules: Invertebrate conservation management; invertebrate taxonomy with field course; managing freshwater habitats; managing terrestrial habitats; geographic information systems for ecology and conservation; professional practice for ecologists; 1 optional module: work experience for ecologists; research placement for ecologists; greening the grey: biodiversity, buildings and sealed surfaces; negotiated learning module.

Assessment methods

Most assessments are written assignments/reports but some work is assessed through presentations. There are some in-class tests which may include identification skills and some essay-type questions, but no formal examinations. Written work may include writing a management plan, a research paper, an article for a journal, etc.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 4 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 15 months
PgCert Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 - 2 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Staffordshire University (Stoke Campus) Stoke on Trent ST4 2DF West Midlands

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