Increasing pressure on land-use across the world has led to growing demand for postgraduates with environmental surveying qualifications. This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). It provides you with the knowledge you’ll need to work within the environmental and ecological consulting and conservation professions. This course combines research and academic skills with field surveying skills, ready for practical application within the ecological consultancy industry. It’s designed to meet a rising need for highly skilled conservationists. Through practical experience, taught sessions and interaction with experienced field ecologists, you’ll gain taxonomic expertise. This will enable you to accurately identify a wide range of species and communities; use the appropriate field skills and techniques to carry out biodiversity surveys across different habitat types; and produce reports and assessments to professional standards. You’ll also have an additional and distinctive opportunity to be trained in the use of geographical information systems (GIS) – a vital tool in the surveying and management of the environment. The skills you learn will be underpinned by a thorough knowledge of why some species and communities are conservation priorities in law or policy. You’ll also study the fundamentals of project planning, data collection and statistical analysis, in order to properly conduct your surveys and assessments. You’ll be given the chance to become a critical thinker, capable of evaluating what you do, and adept at reporting your findings to the key audiences.
Modules include: Conservation Priorities; Species Recovery: Theories, Methods and Techniques; Environmental Assessment Consultancy; Protected Species Surveying; Geographical Information Systems (GIS); Research Methods and Data Analysis; Research Project.
Achievement is assessed through written assignments, a dissertation and formal examinations. MSc and MRes degree students complete an individual research project.
A minimum of a 2.2 or equivalent honours Biological Sciences degree. Applicants with an equivalent level of relevant industrial or professional work experience will be considered on an individual basis. International applicants require IELTS 6.5 with minimum of 5.5 in each component.
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