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

2016-2017 fees

The fees displayed here are per course.

MSc

UK/EU

Full time: £6,165

International

Full time: £17,080

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
PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials - Developing Ionic Electrolytes for Electrochemical Energy Storage Application

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £14,296.  Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteriaa full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.

Humanities and Social Science Postgraduate Excellence Scholarships

Up to 35 scholarships

£2,000 tuition fee discount

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

PhD Studentship in Marine Science & technology - Modelling and Simulation for Sustainable Marine Engineering Systems

1

Home Tuition Fees will be covered plus you will receive an annual stipend of £14,057 for 3.5 years.

Professional and Career Development Loans

Varies

PhD in Civil Engineering and Geosciences - Understanding the relationship between value, business model and the engineering of infrastructure projects

1

You may be entitled to a full or partial award.  A full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend of £13,863. A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

PhD in Civil Engineering and Geosciences - iBUILD: Valuing Infrastructure Resilience

1

Candidates need to meet EPSRC eligibility criteria for EPSRC DTA awards.  A full award includes an annual stipend of £13,863 (2015-16).

PhD in School of Chemistry - Imaging and electrochemical investigation of biomolecules using scanning probe microscopy

1

100% tuition fees plus a £14,057 p.a. stipend (RCUK stipend level).

PhD in School of Chemistry - Advanced Materials for Redox Flow Batteries

1

100% tuition fees plus a £14,057 p.a. stipend (based on RCUK stipend levels).

PhD Studentship in Civil Engineering and Geosciences - New drilling methods for ground source heat pumps

1

An annual stipend is approximately £14,496 per year (depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria).  Funding is available for UK and EU citizens. 

The Clyde Higgs Postgraduate Scholarship 2016/17

5

An award of £5,000 is available for home students.

Hodcroft Larsen Postgraduate Bursary for Female Engineers - 2016 Entry

Up to 2.

£3,000

Konishi Foundation Scholarship in East Asian Studies

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual stipend (living expenses) of £14,296

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.

Fees Scholarships - Masters in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security (MRes) - School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development

2

£5,000 is being offered towards tuition fees for the above Masters programme within the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development.  Additional funding up to £1,000 for expenses associated with the research will also be provided.

Marie Curie PhD Fellowship on the regulation of mitochondrial expression (REMIX)

2

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

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)

Tuition fee scholarships of typically £7,500 - £11,500 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.

All students Number of awards Value of awards
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 of Electrical and Electronic Engineering - MSc Scholarships

Not specified

UK/EU students - £500 scholarship; non-EU international students - £1,500 scholarship 

School and Research Institute Studentships, Bursaries and Scholarships

Varies

Business Excellence Scholarships

Tuition fees scholarships from £2,000 - £5,000.

MBA Business Excellence Scholarships

Tuition fee scholarships of £6,000 - £10,0000.

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

Robinson Bequest Scholarships
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.

Charles Letts Memorial Postgraduate Scholarship 2016/17 entry

5

Up to £1,500

Sport Scholarships

Varies

£500 - £10,000

PhD Studentship in Electrical Power: Integrated Drives for Electric Vehicles with Wide Bandgap Semiconductors

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual stipend (living expenses) of up to £19,000 depending on experience (full award). Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

Santander Mobility Awards for 2016/17

10 minimum

Maximum value of £1,400

PhD Studentship in Chemistry - Developing Advanced Computational Tools for Ultrafast X-ray Scattering

1

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

PhD Studentship in Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI) - Understanding the dynamics of metaldhyde in agricultural catchments

1

100% tuition fees at UK/EU rate and an annual stipend of £14,296.  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: 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.

PhD Studentship in Computing Science - Personalized Hierarchical Visualization for Enhanced Decision Support using Big Data

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual living expenses in excess of £14,057 (full award) 

Activia Training UK Scholarship Award

2

£500 for college and university students in the UK.

PhD Studentship in Marine Transport – The economics of the ship repair market: cyclical effects and economic waves

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 also be available for research and fieldwork costs.

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).

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 School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering – Super-miniature engineering using MEMS technologies: next generation sensors for turbulence measurements

1

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

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 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 French - Adaptation and Censorship in post-war French Cinema 1944-1958

1

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

If your first language is not English you need an overall IELTS score of 6.5.

You must also read our English language requirements, including:

  • all minimum sub scores you must have
  • other English language tests we accept
  • extra English language support

Academic qualifications that we accept from your country to meet our entry requirements are listed on your country page.

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