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 fieldcourse; managing freshwater habitats; managing terrestrial habitats; gis 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 Fee Course duration
PgCert Full-time - 1 years
PgDip Full-time - 1 years
PgCert Part-time - 2 years
PgDip Part-time - 2 years
MSc Part-time - 4 years
MSc Full-time £ 11,500 per Whole course (overseas fees) 15 months

Campus details

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

Key information

Telephone number: 
01782 294400