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Conservation GIS


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What is Conservation GIS PgCert?

With a huge demand for professional ecologists and conservation practitioners with applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) skills, this course provides core knowledge of GIS to support conservation action and evaluate its biodiversity outcomes.

This unique course has been designed not only to develop core operational skills in GIS, but to give you experience of how GIS can be applied within longer conservation processes. You’ll be able to integrate both basic and advanced GIS skills into your everyday conservation tasks and activities, primarily using the QGIS open-source system.

This 1 year course is delivered by lecturers with extensive industry experience in using GIS across different parts of the conservation sector, both in the UK and internationally. Students will learn to access and use a range of data types including those from habitat surveys, species monitoring, UAVs and satellites. There’s the opportunity to progress and transfer credit from this postgraduate
certificate to the MSc in Applied Ecology. Individual modules can also be taken as stand alone short courses.

Study style

You’ll be taught one day a week, with an emphasis on applied learning for teaching and assessment – which is 100% coursework.

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Entry requirements

    • At least a 2.2 honours degree equivalent in this subject area.

    • Academic access route: at least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in bioscience, ecology, geography or related disciplines

    • Professional access route: mature students without a degree but with substantial relevant work experience

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

Course modules


Fees and costs

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Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2021 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham £3,075 £4,900
Sep 2022 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to:

  • progress their careers as professional ecologists, consultants and conservation practitioners
  • GIS roles in ecological, environmental and conservation organisations
  • spatial ecology research
  • study MSc Applied Ecology, using credit from this Postgraduate Certificate.

Giving you core skills in QGIS

Gain a solid foundation in practical and theoretical knowledge for operating the QGIS open-source system

Advance your career

For career changers or progressors, this unique course enables you to update your skills for the Conservation sector and advance to Masters study

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