Ecology and Wildlife Conservation (MSc)

Newcastle University the United Kingdom

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How long you will study
12 months

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About Ecology and Wildlife Conservation at Newcastle University

Our Ecology and Wildlife Conservation MSc gives you the skills needed for a successful career as an ecologist or in an environmentally-related field.

About this course

You will gain the knowledge and skills you need to work in an environmental or ecological role. You will study an area of ecological science, such as:

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

This course has a professional focus, which will help prepare you for the workplace.

What you'll learn

Studying the course will give you:

  • advanced conceptual understanding
  • detailed knowledge
  • specialised technical skills
  • professional awareness.

Your development

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:

  • qualitative techniques
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • environmental impact assessment
  • the environment business
  • ecological surveys
  • environmental law
  • environmental management.

Quality and Ranking

We rank in the top 150 for Environmental Sciences - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

Our staff

The Degree Programme Director, Dr Roy Sanderson, is an active research ecologist. His research focuses on:

  • modelling complex ecological systems
  • using multivariate statistical models
  • simulation
  • Monte-Carlo techniques. 


You'll study this taught course on the Newcastle city campus. At the start of the course, you will have several modules taught at the same time over a 6 week period. After this, most of your teaching will take place in 2-week blocks.


We have an outstanding range of facilities to support your learning and research:

  • fully equipped laboratories
  • a new field station with facilities for teaching and research
  • Cockle Park farm.

Find out more about our facilities.

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  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
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Notes about fees for this course

See Fees and Funding tab in the Programme information in our online Prospectus.

Entry requirements

A 2:2 BSc or BEng honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject such as:

  • microbiology
  • agriculture
  • environmental engineering
  • biology
  • biological sciences
  • ecology
  • environmental science
  • zoology
  • marine biology
  • oceanography
  • geography

We will also consider applicants with non-standard qualifications and relevant experience.

English Language Requirements

To study this course you need to meet our Band 2 English Language Requirements.

Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills).

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