University of Exeter

University of Exeter

Applied Ecology

Designed in consultation with multiple external agencies and delivered by leading international researchers, this programme offers advanced training in ecological census techniques together with opportunities to undertake two census projects. Substantial field work opportunities in the UK and Africa.

Entry requirements

Normally at least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in Biology or a relevant science subject is required, although a 2.2 with relevant experience is considered. Applicants from non-science backgrounds are considered, provided that the 1st degree contained an empirical component, and/or if the applicants have had work experience in the field of conservation/wildlife management.English language requirements: for applicants whose 1st language is not English: IELTS: 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any section; or TOEFL IBT: overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing; 21 for listening; 22 for reading; and 23 for speaking; or Pearson Test of English: 58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills; Cambridge English: Advanced and Proficiency: overall score 176 with no less than 169 in any section; applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme.

Course modules

Core modules: key skills; research project; African biodiversity and conservation field course; African behavioural ecology field course; ecological census; statistical modelling. Optional modules: terrestrial biodiversity and conservation; preparing for ecological consultancy; ecological responses to climate change.

Assessment methods

Taught modules are assessed through formal oral presentation, written reports and discussions. A significant proportion of the assessment is based on the research project (and associated literature review and oral presentation).


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 11,500 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 21,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 11,500 per Academic year (EU fees) 12 months

Campus details

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

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions
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01326 371801