University of Gloucestershire

University of Gloucestershire

Applied Ecology

Our MSc in Applied Ecology provides students with the advanced knowledge and skills required for employment in all areas of practical ecology and conservation. Students follow a curriculum with a highly practical emphasis and undertake hands-on exercises in field and laboratory settings. In the field, you will cover identification skills for a wide range of species in several key taxonomic groups as well as industry-standard survey techniques such as phase 1 habitat surveying, habitat condition assessments, national vegetation classification and bird territory mapping. Laboratory sessions will include use of microscopes in taxonomy and analysis of environmental parameters, such as water oxygen levels and soil nutrient status, to enable better understanding of species-environment interactions. There will be numerous opportunities to work on projects with linked organisations including wildlife trusts, zoos and wildlife parks, charities and public authorities, with the expectation that assignments, and especially dissertation work, will have direct impact on the understanding and management of species and their environments. There is the option to take a residential field trip; this currently takes place on a wildlife reserve in South Africa.

Entry requirements

A 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject; mature students with substantial relevant work experience may be considered without a degree qualification. The University particularly welcomes applicants with qualifications or experience in areas such as: biology, animal biology, ecology, zoology, geography or environmental sciences. International students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent.

Assessment methods

Assessment is via a range of coursework, with an emphasis on field and laboratory research and consultancy reports.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 2 years
PgCert Full-time September 2016 - 4 months
PgCert Part-time September 2016 - 9 months
PgDip Full-time September 2016 - 9 months
PgDip Part-time September 2016 - 18 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Francis Close Hall Cheltenham GL50 4AZ South West

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