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 provide students with experience of how GIS can be applied within longer conservation processes. The explicit aim is to allow students to integrate both basic and advanced GIS skills into their everyday conservation tasks and activities, principally 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.
- Fundamentals of Conservation GIS: Gain a solid foundation in practical and theoretical knowledge for operating a GIS system. This includes how to create, map, edit, digitise, manipulate, present and interrogate conservation-related spatial data.
- Acquisition & Management of Spatial Data: Access, manipulate and map, data from satellite images and Lidar data to point and grid data in species and habitat surveys
- GIS for Conservation Action: Hands on experience in real world scenarios of developing, supporting and evaluating practical conservation actions at different spatial scales
- Advanced Spatial Analysis: Analyse data to generate habitat suitability models and evaluate how landscape affects species distribution
- Block taught on one day per week
- Highly applied emphasis to both teaching and assessment
- 100% coursework
- At least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject eg biosciences, ecology, geography
- 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 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent
|Fees - 2020/21 Academic Year
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- Career progression for professional ecologists, consultants and conservation practitioners
- GIS roles in ecological, environmental and conservation organisations
- Spatial ecology research
- MSc Applied Ecology using credit from the Postgraduate Certificate
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Gain a solid foundation in practical and theoretical knowledge for operating a GIS system.
Students will learn to access and use a range of data types including those from habitat surveys, species monitoring, UAVs and satellites.