University of Exeter

University of Exeter

Applied Ecology

Designed in consultation with multiple external agencies to ensure relevant training that maximises graduate employability; substantial field work opportunities in the UK and Africa; provides opportunities to connect with external agencies and organisations throughout the programme to further enhance your training; delivered by leading international researchers in the Centre for Ecology and Conservation, who regularly publish in peer-reviewed journals; offers access to excellent facilities including state-of-the-art research laboratories, greenhouses, aviary and controlled environment rooms; ideal for individuals wishing to work in related consultancy and non-governmental organisations; includes modules that target both research and practical applied ecology skills. The course boasts a significant research component, with substantial fieldwork opportunities in the UK as well as a fieldcourse in Africa. Through taught modules and practical application, you will develop advanced skills in scientific method, ecological census and quantitative biology. A distinctive and integral feature of our MSc is the high degree of input from ecologists in collaborating governmental and non-governmental organisations. This participation takes a variety of forms, including guest lectures, field visits and specific training courses, but may also include providing research projects in their organisations. Collaborating organisations include: Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Marine Conservation Society, Natural England, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Food and Environment Research Agency and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Professional field biology and career development skills are embedded in the programme to enhance your employability. You will learn wildlife photography, geographic information systems, first aid for expeditions and field work, plus how to publish your own website, secure funding and communicate science to the general public. Presentation skills and CV writing and interview techniques are also covered.

Entry requirements

Normally at least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in biology or a relevant science subject is required. For full information, including English language requirements and international equivalencies, please see the relevant programme page found in the postgraduate section of our website.

Course modules

Please note constituent modules and pathways may be updated, deleted or replaced in future years as a consequence of programme development. Details at any time may be obtained from the programme website.
The compulsory modules can include; Research Project; African Biodiversity and Conservation Field or African Behavioural Ecology Field Course; Ecological Census; Statistical Modelling and Key Skills.
Examples of the optional modules can include; Terrestrial Biodiversity and Conservation and Preparing for Ecological Consultancy.

Sponsorship information

The University of Exeter invests heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This is in addition to the Government's Postgraduate Loan Scheme. For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at Exeter, please visit the postgraduate study pages of our website.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 11,500 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 11,500 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 21,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 11,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 11,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 11,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Streatham Campus Exeter EX4 4QJ South West

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Key information

Postgraduate Admissions Team
Telephone number: 
+44(0)1392 723044