University of Gloucestershire

University of Gloucestershire

Applied Ecology

Students follow a curriculum with a highly practical emphasis, undertaking hands-on exercises in field and laboratory settings. In the field, students learn identification skills for a 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.

Entry requirements

You will need at least 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.

Course modules

Modules include: Applied ecology and conservation; biological surveying and species identification; citizen science and public engagement in ecology; geographic information systems: mapping and remote sensing; environmental pollution and remediation; environmental assessment.

Assessment methods

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


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 4,860 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 10,750 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 4,860 per Whole course (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 10,750 per Whole course (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Guidance and Recruitment Office
Telephone number: 
01242 714500