Increasing pressure on land-use across the world has led to a 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.
Why choose this course?
- Brackenhurst campus is the perfect environment to develop the expertise required for a career in biodiversity conservation.
- A number of protected species are studied on-site including yellowhammers, great crested newts, badgers and hedgehogs.
- The latest Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking equipment and surveying techniques are employed by students on this course.
- The course provides an industry standard approach to career progression into the ecological and environmental consultancy sector.
- You will have the opportunity to contribute to UK and international research projects currently running within the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences.
- You will have access to a 1,000 square metre, £2.5 million campus eco-library.
How you're taught
This course is delivered with a strong practical approach to learning. You'll be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, field and laboratory work, and online learning.
Independent learning is required, and you'll undertake high-quality research for the Masters awards. You'll research your chosen topic in depth, then design and implement a relevant research project, before communicating the findings to an informed audience in a comprehensive scientific report.
You'll have the opportunity to take part in field trips to Rutland and Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. There are also opportunities to complete a research project in the UK or abroad.
Careers and employability
This course has been developed with representatives from the ecological consultancy and environmental management sector, and is designed to be vocationally relevant, cultivating expertise and transferable skills to maximise your career potential.
Graduates of the Masters in Science degree have the knowledge and skills required to carry out biodiversity surveying, recording and reporting in the private, public, charity, education or research sectors. Skills development include project management, critical evaluation and communicating to a variety of audiences.
CPD: Professionals working in industry take the part-time day-release study route offered on this course as part of their career development through company sponsorship.
The diverse and expanding range of job roles include:
- Environmental or ecological consultant
- Biological surveyor
- Species officer
- Reserve warden
- Education officer
- Expedition leader
- PhD researcher.
Research project: UK or abroad
Postgraduate students can undertake a research project in a chosen area of interest. This can be undertaken at Brackenhurst campus or elsewhere in the UK or abroad.
The School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences has many excellent links to partner organisations, conservation projects and academic institutions across the world.
The Programme Leader for Biodiversity Conservation has links with conservation projects abroad at National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan and Mankwe Wildlife Reserve in South Africa.
Teaching is supported by our Brackenhurst campus - a 200-hectare country estate and working farm. The campus is part of the DEFRA Environmental Stewardship scheme, which supports effective environmental management of farm land and countryside estates. It offers a good range of wetland and terrestrial habitats, which are invaluable for learning and practising surveying techniques, and the sampling of species. You'll also benefit from active conservation projects on the estate, including bird ringing and small mammal trapping and monitoring, alongside environmental impact assessments on construction work and renewable energy technologies.