This Ecological Consultancy master's 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 required for 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
We provide a link to cutting-edge research that feeds into ecological consultancy, eg:
- research projects on black grouse and wind farms. Paper in review with the Journal of Applied Ecology
- noise and bird behaviour
Ecological consultants contribute to the course via informal talks. Practitioners with extensive UK wildlife legislation and wildlife management experience teach on some modules.
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What you'll learn
You'll take compulsory and optional modules. The course involves practical elements in computing including GIS or statistics. You'll also take part in field classes to learn natural history skills or survey skills.
You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
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How you'll learn
The course is delivered mostly in two-week blocks but initially several modules run concurrently over a six week period.
The course consists of:
- 100 credits of taught work (October to March)
- 80 credit project (April to August)
Contact and independent study times vary depending on the module.
Depending on your modules, you'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Case study
- Professional skills assessments
- Oral examination
- Oral presentation
- Practical lab report
- Written exercise
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
Professor John Bythell is the Degree Programme Director is. He 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. Mark is 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. He has extensive global contacts in the conservation sphere. He is heavily involved in work with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Each Ecological Consultancy project runs in conjunction with an industrial client. These tend to be consultancies or NGOs, eg:
- E3 Ecology
- BSG Ecology
- Baker Consultants
- Denny Ecology
- Mott MacDonald
- Natural England
- Northumberland Natural History Society
- Durham Wildlife Trust
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 of these were employed in the environmental sector and the majority with ecological consultancy companies.
Examples of recent graduate destinations include students now working in ecological jobs for:
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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 state of the art facilities for teaching and research
You'll also have access, by arrangement, to the University's Cockle Park farm. This is managed by the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
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We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our searchable postgraduate funding page for more information.
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- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
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