Postgraduate

Ecological Consultancy MSc

Ecological Consultancy MSc

Full time: 12 months

Profile

Our Ecological Consultancy MSc gives you knowledge, specialised technical skills and professional awareness. It will prepare you for a career as an ecological consultant or in other environmental roles. The course has a professional focus, preparing you for the workplace.

We equip you with key skills which will enable you to pursue careers in ecology, including:

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing
  • experimental and survey design
  • wildlife surveying
  • wildlife legislation and natural history
  • Environmental Impact Assessment 

Graduates of this course have an excellent track record of gaining employment in the environmental sector. Within one year of graduation 18 of the 19 students from the 2011-12 cohort were employed, most in the environmental sector and the majority with ecological consultancy companies.

Examples of recent graduate destinations include students now working in ecological jobs for:

We provide a link to cutting-edge research that feeds into ecological consultancy. Examples include recent research projects on black grouse and wind farms (paper in review with Journal of Applied Ecology), noise and bird behaviour (paper in revision in PLOS ONE) and contracts for the Scottish Bird Wind Farm Steering Group. The class of 2013-14 was invited to help collect data for one of these contracts and to be authors on the paper which is being written up on the data they collected.

Our staff

The Degree Programme Director, Professor John Bythell, is an active research ecologist. He has 27 years of experience of ecological consultancy work, particularly in Environmental Impact Assessment and International Development. His research focuses on wildlife diseases, mainly in tropical marine environments such as coral reefs.

Professor Mark Whittingham is a bird ecologist who contributes significantly to the degree programme. He has a wide network of contacts that can help you gain experience in this area. As a senior editor of the Journal of Applied Ecology he is aware of a wide range of ecological science and how this relates to ecological consultancy work.

Dr Phil McGowan provides international expertise for students wishing to pursue international projects and has extensive global contacts in the conservation sphere. He is heavily involved in work with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Delivery

The course is taught and based on the Newcastle campus. It is delivered mostly in two week blocks but initially several modules run concurrently over a six week period.

There are 100 credits of taught work (run mainly from October-March) and an 80 credit project (running from April-August). Contact and independent study times will vary depending on the modules, but there is a good range of practical elements both in computer (eg GIS, stats) and field classes (eg natural history skills, survey skills).

Student profile

Many of my modules are very hands-on, involving weekly fieldtrips to nature reserves and the University farm for me to practise my skills, such as bird surveying techniques.

Beth's student profile

A sample of job titles our graduates now hold

Biodiversity Co-Ordinator, Assistant Ecologist, Water Strategy Co-Ordinator

A sample of employers our graduates now work for

Wardell Armstrong, Sustrans, Eneco Wind UK

Data based on responses from 35 UK, EU and International postgraduate leavers (2011/12, 2012/13) studying Environmental Science. See more about what our graduates do.

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Modules

Module changes

Module changes

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 2017 entry will be available from mid-May 2017.

Fees & Funding

2017-2018 fees

The fees displayed here are per course.

MSc

UK/EU

Full time: £6,750

International

Full time: £17,935

You can read more about our tuition fees and discounts available.

Funding opportunities

Funding for UK/EU students Number of awards Value of awards
1968 Postgraduate Hardship Fund

1

£2300

Postgraduate Master’s Loan Scheme

Maximum of £10,000 (2016 entry) or £10,280 (2017 entry)

Postgraduate Opportunity Scholarships 2017/18

40

£5,000

Non EU students Number of awards Value of awards
Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP)

Not specified.

The scholarship covers tuition fees and living expenses.

Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarships

255

£3,000

Our students/graduates Number of awards Value of awards
20% Alumni Tuition Fee Discount

Discount varies by level of tuition fee.

All Students Number of awards Value of awards
MastersCompare Postgraduate Scholarship

1

£5,000

Our students/graduates Number of awards Value of awards
20% Alumni Tuition Fee Discount

Discount varies by level of tuition fee.

UK/EU students Number of awards Value of awards
Two PhD Studentships in Environmental/Animal Science/Clean Technology - Assessment of Environmental Impact of European Pig Systems

2

100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend of £14,533  

Architecture, Planning and Landscape - Postgraduate Taught Home and EU Scholarship Scheme 2017

Not specified.

£2,000 scholarships (which will be deducted from your tuition fees) and full fees scholarships.

Humanities and Social Science Postgraduate Excellence Scholarships

Up to 18 scholarships

£2,000 scholarships, awarded as a tuition fee discount.

Doctoral Training Studentships (MRes plus PhD) in Cloud Computing for Big Data

12

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual tax free stipend (or living allowance) of £14,296. Also significant additional funding to cover research costs and local, national and international travel (conferences and exchanges).

Postgraduate Master’s Loan Scheme

Maximum of £10,000 (2016 entry) or £10,280 (2017 entry)

PhD in Marine Science and Technology - Shipping Exhaust Gas Emission Modelling, Indexing and Regulation

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid. £13,726 living expenses per year.

Disabled Students' Allowances

Varies

Professional and Career Development Loans

Varies

PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: The Use of Perovskite-type Oxygen-carriers for Hydrogen Production via Chemical Looping

1

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, a full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,296 (2016/17).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: Next generation of composite molten salt-ceramic membranes for selective separation of NOx, SO2 and CO2

1

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, a full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,296 (2016/17).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

Industrial CASE PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: Data-driven modelling of glass durability and glass pouring rate in nuclear waste vitrification process

1

100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria), and an annual stipend £14,296 (2016/17).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

PhD in Civil Engineering Discrete Element Method modelling of non-spherical particles: application to geomaterials, process and mining engineering

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,296 (full award). 

NIHR School for Primary Care Research Doctoral Studentship

1

100% UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £16,000.  Significant additional funding to cover research costs and local, national and international travel (conferences and exchanges).

PhD Studentship in Public Health and Epidemiology - Life-course determinants of poor oral health in older people: an epidemiological study using population-based cohorts in the UK and USA

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,296.   Also significant additional funding to cover research costs and local, national and international travel (conferences and exchanges).

1968 Postgraduate Hardship Fund

1

£2300

PhD in Geosciences (NERC Oil and Gas CDT studentship) - How depositional properties dictate the early diagenetic pathways and reservoir quality of sandstones?

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees, annual living expenses of £14,296 (full award) and Research Training Support Grant (£5,000 p.a). 

PhD Studentship in the Institute of Health and Society and Durham County Council – Developing and feasibility testing an intervention to prevent childhood obesity in the early years

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,296.  This award also includes some funding to cover research costs and travel to conferences.

Industrial CASE PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: Data-driven modelling of glass durability and glass pouring rate in nuclear waste vitrification process

1

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, a full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,296 (2016/17).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

PhD Studentship in Cell and Molecular Biosciences - Systems modelling of miR and mRNA networks in cartilage and osteoarthritis

1

100% tuition fees and stipend (£14,526 for 2017-18) for the duration. 

EPSRC PhD Studentships – Electrical and Electronic Engineering

UK students – 4 studentships
Non-UK EU students – 1 studentship

100% of UK/EU tuition fees.
UK students – annual tax-free stipend (living allowances) of £20,000.
Non-UK/EU students - annual tax-free stipend (living allowances) of £15,000.

EPSRC CASE PhD Studentship in Nanoscale Tomography and Chemical Analysis of Soft Materials in 3D

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,057 (full award).  Additional contribution from Proctor and Gamble to be confirmed before commencement.  Also significant additional funding to cover research costs and local, national and international travel (conferences and exchanges).

The Iland Research and Travel Award (For research relating to European Culture or Global Challenges)

Varies.

Research and travel awards of up to £1,000 for UK/EU postgraduate students.

The value of the scholarship will be paid directly to the award-holder and can be used as a contribution towards the costs of travel, accommodation and subsistence.

EPSRC Studentship – Electrical and Electronic Engineering

1

100% tuition fees and UK/EU rate for 4 years of study (MSc year + 3 years PhD), plus an annual stipend of £14,533.

Integrated PhD Studentship in the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering: Bioprinting for Osteoporosis Modelling

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual stipend of £14,000 in year 1 and £18,000 in years 2-4 (available to UK/EU applicants only).  Also additional funding to cover research costs and local, national and international travel (conferences and exchanges).

Postgraduate Opportunity Scholarships 2017/18

40

£5,000

MRes/PhD Studentship in Neurosciences – The Pattern and Progression of Dementia with Lewy Bodies

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees and annual living expenses of £16,000.  Also significant additional funding to cover research costs and local, national and international travel (conferences and exchanges).

International (Non EU) students Number of awards Value of awards
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape - Postgraduate International Scholarship Scheme (2017)

Not specified

£2,000 tuition fee scholarships

Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarships

255

£3,000

International Family Discounts (IFD)

10% of the tuition fee per year.

Fulbright Scholarships

Varies

British Marshall Scholarships

40

Varies

Newcastle University Overseas Research Scholarship (NUORS)

15

Tuition fee scholarships of typically £7,800 - £11,700 per year. The award covers the difference between fees for UK/EU students and international students.

Chinese Business Excellence Scholarships

Tuition fees scholarships from £5,000 for a range of Business School postgraduate courses.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme

6

Tuition fees, living expenses, return economy air fare, study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas plus a warm clothing allowance.

Newcastle Santander Scholarships

10

£5,000 payable towards the first year of tuition fees.

Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP)

Not specified.

The scholarship covers tuition fees and living expenses.

USA Athlete Scholarship

10

£5000- £8000 payable towards the first year of tuition fees and a comprehensive support package (see Overview for further details).

All students Number of awards Value of awards
Doctoral Training Studentships (MRes plus PhD) in Digital Civics

11

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual tax free stipend (or living allowance) of £14,296. Also significant additional funding to cover research costs and local, national and international travel (conferences and exchanges).

MSc Funding - 1st Class Scholarship (School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences)

Not specified

£2,000

Clinical Research Funding - various

Varies

Health Education England Bursaries (Physician Associate Studies, PGDip)

20 awards for 2017 entry

£18,000 bursary (£9,000 per year) and a contribution towards travel costs. The Bursary is paid as a tuition fee discount direct to the University.

School and Research Institute Studentships, Bursaries and Scholarships

Varies

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Instalments
2% Tuition Fee Discount

2% off annual tuition fee

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP)

Varies

Varies.

Sir Mark Waller Postgraduate Law Scholarships

6 for international students, 2 for home/EU students.

Full and partial (£2,500-£3,000) tuition fee scholarships.

Charities and Trusts

Varies

Allergy Module Funding

Varies

Employer Sponsorship

Varies

FindAMasters.com and FindAPhD.com Postgraduate Scholarships

Not specified.

FindAMasters.com and FindAPhD.com are offering £12,000 in scholarships for postgraduate study.

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries

15

£500 payable towards tuition fees.

Teacher Training (PGCE programmes)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy PGDip Bursaries

£2,000

The North of England P and I Association Limited (NEPIA) Studentship

1

£2500

Sport Scholarships

Varies

£500 - £10,000

PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: Mathematical modelling studies of rhythmic hydrogels for medical applications

1

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, 100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,296 (2016/17).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

Research Excellence Academy PhD Studentship in Linguistics

1

The studentship includes the UK/EU rate of tuition fee and £14,296 living expenses per year (2016-17 Research Councils UK rate).

PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: Understanding Biological Pathways for Nanoparticle Synthesis

1

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, 100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration and an annual stipend £14,296 (2016/17).

PhD Studentship in Cancer Research - Functional screening for novel therapies in high-risk childhood cancers

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,171.  Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU and international fee.

Business Excellence Scholarships

Tuition fees scholarships from £2,000 - £5,000 for a range of Business School Master’s courses.

MBA Business Excellence Scholarships

Tuition fee scholarships of £6,000 will be awarded to high achieving MBA candidates.

MBA Leadership Scholarships

Tuition fee scholarships of £10,000 will be awarded to high achieving MBA candidates.

PhD Studentship in School of Chemistry - Quantum Mechanical Simulations for the Development of Novel Cancer Therapies

1

100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend at RCUK rate (£14,296 2016/17).  Successful non-EU international students will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

Research Excellence Academy PhD Studentship in Sociology - asylum seekers and refugees in peripheral urban areas in the north of England and the Italian South

1

100% of UK/EU fees and an annual stipend at RCUK rates (rate for 2016-2017 was £14,296 per year).  Also included is a research training and support grant of £750 per year and an overseas fieldwork support grant of £450 per year.

PhD Studentship in Cancer Research – Characterising Gene Expression Profiles in B-cell Precursor Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia to inform Treatment Options

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,057 (full award). Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD Studentship in Cell and Molecular Biosciences - Mechanistic understanding of cell wall biosynthesis to combat antimicrobial resistance

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,525.   Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD Studentship in Cell and Molecular Biosciences - Regulation of transcription and its implementation in synthetic biology

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,296 (full award).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.  Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD Studentship in Cell and Molecular Biosciences - Circadian regulation of gene expression and its application in synthetic biology

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,296 (full award).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.  Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD Studentship in Cell and Molecular Biosciences - Exploring the role of the human microbiota in promoting resistance to pathogenic fungi

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,296.  Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD Studentship in Energy - Trilemma evaluation of whole energy systems

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid, annual living expenses £14,057. Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD Studentship - Prediction in brain-body interaction as a basis for emotions (and feelings)

1

The studentship carries an award of £14,296 per annum plus 100% of UK/EU tuition fees.

Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation MLitt/PhD Studentships for Studies Relating to Japan

Up to 3 (MLitt or PhD)

£10,000,contributing towards your MLitt/PhD tuition fees and living costs. 

PhD Studentship in Marine Science and Technology: An investigation of the relationship between the ‘in-service’ roughness of marine coatings, their impact on boundary layer flow dynamics/drag and ship operational efficiency

1

Fully funded for 3 years by International Marine, including 100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration, an annual stipend £14,296 (2016/17), and costs of attendance at relevant workshops/conferences.

Masters by Research (MLitt) Scholarships in the School of Modern Languages

1

The Scholarship includes the UK/EU rate of tuition fee and £7,500 living expenses.

MA Scholarships in the School of Modern Languages

Scholarships are available up to the value of £5,000, awarded as a tuition fee discount.

PhD Studentship in Cancer Research - Molecular Characterisation of Primary Uterine Leiomyosarcoma and Preclinical Investigation of Response to Non-genotoxic Activators of p53 via the MDM2/p53/PPM1D Signalling Network

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,553. Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD Studentship in Computing Science - A Computational Systems Biology Approach to Psoriasis Treatment (Rosetrees Trust)

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual stipend of £14,296 (full award).  Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD studentship in Molecular Microbiology - Constructing a crystal shell: biogenesis and function of the Clostridium difficile surface layer

1

Tuition fees at UK/EU rate and annual living expenses of £14,296.  Also significant additional funding to cover research costs and local, national and international travel (conferences and exchanges).  Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD studentship in Cancer Research - Validating key therapeutic targets in prostate cancer

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £17,000.  Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD project in Pure Mathematics: subalgebras of modular Lie algebras

1

100% tuition fees, a tax-free stipend of (up to) £14,296pa (16/17 level), a desktop computer, and £1500 travel allowance.

PhD in the School of Mathematics and Statistics - A project in Higher Dimensional Homological Algebra

1

100% tuition fees, a tax-free stipend of (up to) £14,296pa (16/17 level), a desktop computer, and £1500 travel allowance.

Eleanor Pinkney Oddie Postgraduate Scholarship for Latin

2

£1000

PhD Studentships in Neuroscience - Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research Studentship

4

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,553.  Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD studentship - Institute of Cellular Medicine –Biomarker Identification and Ultra-Sensitive Assay Development for Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,553.  A successful international candidate would be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

Six PhD Studentships- Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI)

6

100% tuition fees at UK/EU rate plus an annual stipend of £14,553.  Successful non-EU international students will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

MastersCompare Postgraduate Scholarship

1

£5,000

PhD Studentship in cutaneous medicine and systems biology: Biomarker discovery and integration with computational modelling to predict psoriatic plaque resolution in response to UVB therapy

1

100% UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £14,553.    Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU and international fees.

PhD studentship in Biochemistry and Structural Biology – The Molecular Structure of Meiotic Chromosomes

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expense of £14,553.  Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

Entry Requirements

A 2:2 BSc or BEng honours degree, or international equivalent, in a related subject, such as:

  • microbiology
  • agriculture
  • environmental engineering
  • biology
  • biological sciences
  • ecology
  • environmental science
  • zoology
  • marine biology
  • oceanography
  • geography

We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with lower or non-standard qualifications.

International Students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 2 English Language requirements:

Direct Entry : IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

How to Apply

Use our Applicant Portal to apply for your course. We have a step-by-step guide to help you.

Start dates

The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

Deposit

If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.

Contact

Academic Secretary
School of Biology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4848
Email: biology.admin@ncl.ac.uk

Student profile

I like the freedom: the course is very self-driven and allows you to do something completely different in your final project to others on the same course.

Jonathan's student profile