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University of Gloucestershire
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Applied Ecology


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Part Time
Course length
1 Years
Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Course overview

On this course you’ll gain the knowledge and skills you need for a career in practical ecology and conservation – we have a highly practical emphasis with hands-on exercises in field and laboratory being embedded throughout the course

In the field you’ll learn identification skills for a wide range of species, as well as industry-standard survey techniques like Phase 1 Habitat Surveying, habitat condition assessments, National Vegetation Classification and techniques for monitoring a wide range of fauna including birds, mammals, and invertebrates. In the lab you’ll study taxonomy through microscopy and perform analysis of environmental parameters such as oxygen levels and nutrient status to enable better understanding of species-environment interactions. We also offer modules that allow you to set applied ecology in broader contexts – this includes practical training in Geographical Information Systems, understanding environmental policy and legislation, and learning how to harness the power of citizen science within ecological contexts.

There is considerable optionality in the course, both in choice of modules and in assessment topics within modules, allowing students to tailor course content to their own interests and career aspirations.

Study style

The course is block-taught two days a week (currently Thursdays and Fridays). Assessment is exclusively through coursework, with an emphasis on field and laboratory research and consultancy reports – often involving live project briefs from external partners. Your assignments will improve understanding of ecological monitoring, management and conservation and, in many cases, will have direct and immediate practical relevance.

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Entry requirements

    • At least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in any discipline.

    • We particularly welcome applicants with qualifications or experience in areas such as biology, animal biology, ecology, zoology, geography or environmental sciences

    • Applicants without a bachelors degree but with significant relevant industry experience.

    • EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in writing and in any other band) or equivalent.

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UoG graduates receive 15% off postgraduate tuition fees. Terms apply.

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Sep 2024 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham £3,230 £5,700
Sep 2025 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham TBC TBC
Sep 2026 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham TBC TBC

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UoG Career promise

At UoG we create a climate for bravery and growth. We instil confidence in all our students, so you can graduate career-ready and meet your ambitions.

96% of our graduates are in work or further study*, but if you’re not in a job 6 months after graduating we’ll guarantee you 6 months of free support, followed by the offer of a paid internship to kickstart your career – plus we’ll commit to lifetime career coaching. Eligibility conditions apply.

*Graduate Outcomes Survey published 2024 and based on 2021/22 leavers

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This course will prepare you for roles in ecological, environmental, and conservation sectors. You will gain hands on practical experience working on projects with organisations we’re connected with, such as the Royal Society of Biology, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, The Mammal Society, Natural England, BirdLife International, and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

As a CHES-accredited course, you can apply for a free student membership of the Institution of Environmental Sciences, and for a fast-track route to membership once you graduate – giving you a route towards becoming a Chartered Environmentalist or Chartered Scientist. Our Ecology MSc can lead to a wide range of careers in field-based and research roles, as well as opportunities in ecological consultancy, policy, education, and communication.

Underpinned by applied research expertise

Benefit from the applied research expertise of our teaching team, including conservation of species in the wild and in captivity, biotic responses to climate change, avian and mammal biology, insect behaviour and evolution, non-native species introductions, population and community ecology, and environmental biology.

Giraffe in Kenya nature reserve

Amazing field trips, near and far

To help you build your experience you will be able to take part in field trips to locations such as nature reserves in the Severn Vale, Cotswolds, Forest of Dean and South Wales.There are also opportunities to undertake residential fieldwork at the Mankwe Wildlife Reserve in South Africa.

Biosciences students on a field trip in the forest

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Increase your pay potential, specialise in a subject you love, or pursue your passion and switch careers.

UoG alumni can benefit from a postgraduate scholarship discount of 15% off tuition fees.

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"I invite students to work with me on my research projects"

“My particular passions are ornithology and conservation (anything connected with birds and how to conserve both birds and other species fascinates me). I frequently invite students to work with me on my research projects. I’ve now published 18 papers jointly with students – and I’m always delighted with the level of commitment and skill they demonstrate.”

Dr Anne Goodenough, Professor in Applied Ecology

Anne Goodenough in a laboratory

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