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5438f - Ecology and Biodiversity MSc

Ecology and Biodiversity MSc

Start in: September 2021

Our course gives you the skills for a successful career as an ecologist or in an environmentally-related field.


You will gain the knowledge and skills you need to work in conservation biology and other environmental or ecological roles through this master's in Ecology and Biodiversity. You’ll study an area of ecological science, from both a UK and international perspective.

Areas covered include:

  • global wildlife conservation policy and practice
  • environmental impacts
  • international sustainable development

This MSc Ecology and Biodiversity has a professional focus, which will help prepare you for the workplace. You'll learn advanced methods to analyse published ecological literature, global conservation policies and assessment methods.

You’ll benefit from our relationships with notable wildlife organisations and be able to take part in projects with institutions, such as:

  • the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • other local, national (UK) and international conservation organisations, including government and NGO

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What you'll learn

This master's in Ecology and Biodiversity will cover how wildlife-related research can influence policies. You'll gain an understanding of:

  • species conservation principles and practice
  • human-natural systems
  • the impacts of non-native species
  • human-wildlife conflicts
  • geographic information systems and remote sensing

You’ll also be able to develop solutions for global problems, such as:

  • managing high-risk invasive species
  • human-wildlife conflicts
  • global assessment for policy support


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.

How you'll learn

Your development

Professional skills

You’ll develop a range of highly desirable knowledge and skills needed to work in conservation biology and other environmental or ecological roles. This includes:

  • an understanding of wildlife conservation policy and practice in the UK and internationally
  • the ability to undertake complex, cutting-edge environmental data analysis and methods for effective communication of results to non-specialists
  • skills to handle large datasets, including spatial data (GIS), remote-sensed data, camera traps, and machine learning
  • techniques to review and analyse before published ecological research
  • the skills necessary to work at the interface of science and policy
  • the knowledge to launch a global career in organisations such as:
    • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
    • Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
    • World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

When you graduate from the course, you will be able to evaluate and solve ecological problems. We will teach you skills in a range of ecologically related areas including:

  • qualitative skills including verbal, written and web-based communication of scientific findings to non-specialists
  • quantitative methods including the tools needed to manage and undertake advanced ecological data analysis
  • effective strategies to plan large-scale and/or long-term ecological projects
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and processing of spatial data
  • management of conflicts between nature conservation and human activities

Collaborative research projects

You'll have the opportunity to undertake research projects in collaboration with external institutions in the UK and abroad.

Your future

Graduate destinations

Our graduates have found employment with organisations including:

  • Animal Plant Health Agency
  • Chester Zoo
  • Edinburgh Zoo
  • Environment Agency
  • Natural England
  • The National Trust
  • Scottish Natural Heritage

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


The School of Natural and Environmental Sciences has an outstanding range of facilities to support our research and teaching, including:

  • fully equipped laboratories
  • Cockle Park farm with farming of pigs, dairy and beef, as well as a variety of arable cropping and grassland trials
  • Dove Marine Laboratory

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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  • additional costs
  • living costs
  • tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

How to apply

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Applications for 2022/23
You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021

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Questions about this course?

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Academic Secretary
School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4848


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