Our Computational Ecology MSc gives you knowledge and skills to work with ecological ‘big data’. It focuses on mathematical and statistical theory necessary for data interpretation and analysis.
About this course
You will be suitable for the course if you are:
- an ecologist involved in scientific research
- a graduate in mathematics or computing
What you'll learnWhat you'll learn
Our course was created to close the knowledge gap in ecological research. It provides a sound grounding in important components of any research project, including:
- computer programming
- ‘big data’ analysis and interpretation
We will teach you how to handle a range of data eg:
- GPS tracking of wildlife
- remote-sensed landscape data
After successfully completing the course you will have the skills to undertake research projects in academia or industry.
Our staffOur staff
The Degree Programme Director, Dr Roy Sanderson, is an active research ecologist. His research focuses on:
- modelling complex ecological systems
- using multivariate statistical models
- Monte-Carlo techniques.
You'll study this taught course on the Newcastle city campus. At the start of the course you will have several modules taught at the same time over a 6 week period. After this, most of your teaching will take place in 2 week blocks.
The School of Natural and Environmental Sciences has an outstanding range of facilities to support our research and teaching, including:
- fully equipped laboratories
- a new field station with facilities for teaching and research
You will also have access, by arrangement, to the University's Cockle Park farm. This is managed by the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences.
Contact usContact us
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Modules for 2017 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
- BIO8046 Applied Bioinformatics
- BIO8054 Management of Wildlife Disease and Epidemiology
- BIO8063 Invasive Species
- BIO8068 Management and Visualisation of Data in Ecology and Conservation
- BIO8069 Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing
- BIO8070 Meta-analysis and Decision Support for Ecology and Conservation
- BIO8071 Molecular Evolution and Phylogenetics
- BIO8072 Dynamics of Coupled Human-Natural Systems
- NES8002 Research Dissertation Project
- NES8004 Professional Analytical Skills
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.
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Full time: £10,200
Full time: £10,200
Full time: £21,600
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EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:2 BSc or BEng honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject such as:
- environmental engineering
- biological sciences
- environmental science
- marine biology
We will also consider applicants with non-standard qualifications and relevant experience.
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- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 5.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.0 in all sub-skills)
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