Manchester Metropolitan University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Biological Recording and Ecological Monitoring (Taught)

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Course summary

Biological recording is vital for biodiversity conservation. In this period of rapid climate change, the ability to collect, manage and interpret information about our natural world has never been more important. This highly practical masters course will give you all the skills you need to make a valuable and rewarding contribution in this specialist area. Developed in association with the Field Studies Council (FSC) and the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, this course is largely field-based, as you’d expect with a focus on biological recording and identification skills. You’ll study part-time over a minimum of two years, with three of four core units delivered online, and one delivered via a mix of online study and main campus teaching and field visits. You’ll add to these with six field-based option units, delivered as weekend courses at FSC centres around the UK. It’s a highly vocational course that offers an ideal way to sharpen up the field skills you’ll need to take your career in the direction you want. With advanced knowledge of the ‘why’, ‘where’ and ‘how’ of collecting and maintaining biological records of the areas that interest you most, you’ll leave us equipped with the expertise to pursue a rewarding future in a specialist field. Features and Benefits

  • Expert teaching – Our biological recording courses are developed in association with the Field Studies Council and the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, who lead the field in developing these practical skills.
  • Professional network – Our department works with research institutions, industry partners, national organisations and NGOs worldwide, so there’s plenty of opportunities to develop industry contacts.
  • Tailored learning – Tackle a number of aspects of biological recording according to your interests including site and species evaluation, wildlife legislation, identification of difficult taxa, digital field data and statistical research methods.
  • Excellent facilities – Learn at Field Studies Council headquarters and sites around the UK with huge experience in delivering field-based training on a residential basis.

Course details


Entry requirements

You’ll need a UK honours degree – at least a 2:2 – or the international equivalent, in a relevant subject. We might also consider your application if you have several years’ professional or voluntary experience in a related field. International students please see mmu.ac.uk/international English requirements: IELTS 6.5, with no component below 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.


Fees and funding

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For further information: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate
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