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

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
Postgraduate Master’s Loan Scheme

Maximum of £10,000

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

Discount varies by level of tuition fee.

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
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).

IAPETUS NERC PhD Studentships - Biology, Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Geography, Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

12 PhD studentships offered across all partner institutions.

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual tax-free stipend (or living expenses) of £14,296 (pending confirmation). Extensive research support funding is also offered.

PhD Studentships in the Arts and Humanities - AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership

50 PhD studentships offered across Newcastle University, Durham University and Queen's University Belfast.

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual stipend (living expenses) at the Research Councils' UK (RCUK) postgraduate rate, currently £14,296. Also, additional funding to cover other study related costs (ie study abroad, conference attendance etc).

Postgraduate Master’s Loan Scheme

Maximum of £10,000

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.

PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: State of the art novel catalysts for environmental reaction engineering

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.

Marie Curie PhD Fellowship on mammalian mitochondrial gene expression

1

An annual stipend will be paid to cover fees at the Home rate and living expenses.  The amount of stipend will vary depending on where the students appointed are from and their current circumstances.

Marie Curie PhD Fellowship on the regulation of human mitochondrial expression

1

An annual stipend will be paid to cover fees at the Home rate and living expenses.  The amount of stipend will vary depending on where the students appointed are from and their current circumstances.

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). 

PhD Studentship in Synthetic Biology – Modelling Genetic Circuits in Space-Time

1

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

PhD Studentship in Agricultural Biochemistry - Safener activity and metabolic resistance to herbicides in dicots

One

Depending on how you meet the BBSRC’s eligibility criteria, a full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the four-year duration of your PhD and an annual stipend of £14,701 (2016-2017). A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

BBSRC PhD studentships – Newcastle-Liverpool-Durham Doctoral Training Partnership in Biosciences

22 studentships across the partnership

100% of UK/EU fees paid and a tax-free stipend (living expenses) at the Research Council UK rate (indicative amount in Year 1, £14,296). Some students will be eligible for a fee-only award (no stipend)

International (Non EU) students Number of awards Value of awards
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.

Newcastle University International Postgraduate Scholarship (NUIPS)

Partial scholarship payable towards tuition fees

Country-specific Scholarships

Varies.

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.

All students Number of awards Value of awards
MSc Funding - 1st Class Scholarship (School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences)

Not specified

£2,000

ESRC Northern Ireland/North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Partnership PhD Studentships in the Social Sciences

50 PhD studentships across the Universities of:

  • Newcastle
  • Durham
  • Queen's Belfast
  • Ulster
  • Northumbria 
  • Teesside 
  • Sunderland

100% tuition fees plus an annual stipend at the RCUK postgraduate rate, currently £14,296. Additional funding is available to cover costs of study abroad, conference attendance, fieldwork, attendance at NINE DTP cohort-building events, short-term placements and specialist skills training.

David Goldman PhD studentship in Innovation and Enterprise

1

100% tuition fees paid at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend (living expenses) equal to that provided by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) (estimated rate of £13,590 in 2016/17). 

Clinical Research Funding - various

Varies

Health Education England Bursaries (Physician Associate Studies, PGDip)

20 awards for 2016 entry

£15,000 bursary (£7,500 per year). 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

The Crown Estate Bursaries - MSc Marine Technology Education Consortium (MTEC)

9

Partial tuition fee bursaries of £3,600.

Employer Sponsorship

Varies

FindAMasters.com and FindAPhD.com Postgraduate Scholarships

1x £5,000 PhD scholarship
1x £5,000 Masters scholarship
4x £500 scholarships

£12,000 across six awards.

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

PhD Studentship - Do age-associated B-cells contribute to the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis?

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expense of £14,296.  Also significant additional funding to cover research expenses, general training, travel and meeting costs.  

Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

Sport Scholarships

Varies

£500 - £10,000

Santander Mobility Awards for 2016/17

10 minimum

Maximum value of £1,400

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.

Activia Training UK Scholarship Award

2

£500 for college and university students in the UK.

Research Excellence Academy Scholarship in the Constructions and uses of the European past in heritage and political discourse

1

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

Research Excellence Academy Studentship in Prehistoric fuel use in the archaeological record: developing the potential of ash through integrating microfossil analysis and geochemistry

1

100% of tuition fees and £14,296 living expenses per year (2016-17 Research Council UK rate).

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 Studentships in Chemistry - Developing New Materials for Tandem Dye-sensitized Solar Cells

3

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.

PhD School of Chemistry Newcastle University: Advanced Materials for Redox Flow Batteries

1

100% tuition fees plus an annual stipend of £14,057 (based on RCUK stipend levels).  Overseas applicants should be aware that the overseas fees are not covered by the studentship, and would need to be self-funded.  The fees and stipend cover UK/EU applicants only.

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 Marine Transport – Market innovations and shipping economics

1

100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate plus an annual stipend of £14,296.  International students may apply, however tuition fees will only be covered at the UK/EU rate.  Limited financial support may be available for research and fieldwork costs.

PhD Studentship in Diagnostic Test Evaluation Methodology - Evaluations of diagnostic tests in the presence of an imperfect reference standard and the health economic considerations

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees and annual living expenses of £14,296.  Also 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 project in Statistics

1

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

PhD project in Pure Mathematics

1

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

PhD project in Applied Mathematics

1

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

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.

PhD project in Physics

1

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

Practice-led PhD in Fine Art, in partnership with Helix Arts: Power, voice and decision-making in participative arts practice

1

100% UK/EU rate of tuition fees and £14,296 living expenses per year (2016 - 17 Research Council UK rate).

PhD Studentship in Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI) - Stakeholder involvement in policy evaluation within the Institute and linked to the ESRC CECAN Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity across the Nexus

1

Award is worth £16,805 per year, contributing towards your PhD tuition fees and living costs.  Non-EU nationals can apply but will need to fund the difference between UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: Developing Stable Functional Head Group for Anion Exchange Membranes

1

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, 100%  tuition fees at the international students fees (if applicable otherwise UK/EU) and an annual stipend of £14,296 (2016/17). 

PhD Studentship in School of Biology – Slug Physiology

1

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

PhD Studentship in School of Chemistry – Probing Femtosecond Dynamics with Core Hole Spectroscopy: Theoretical Approach

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.

Physical Geography Research Excellence Academy PhD Studentships

Two Physical Geography Research Excellence Academy PhD Studentship awards are available, with five potential projects to choose from.

100% of tuition fees at the UK/EU rate will be paid and an annual maintenance grant equivalent to the RCUK rate (current stipend for 2016/17 is £14,296). Successful non-EU international students 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 Language 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