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Ecological Consultancy MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary

Our Ecological Consultancy MSc gives you knowledge, specialised technical skills and professional awareness. It will prepare you for a career as an ecological consultant or in other environmental roles. The course has a professional focus, preparing you for the workplace.

We equip you with key skills which will enable you to pursue careers in ecology, including:

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing
experimental and survey design
wildlife surveying
wildlife legislation and natural history
Environmental Impact Assessment

Graduates of this course have an excellent track record of gaining employment in the environmental sector. Within one year of graduation 18 of the 19 students from the 2011-12 cohort were employed, most in the environmental sector and the majority with ecological consultancy companies.


We are in the process of applying for accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



The aim of this module is for the student to complete an investigative consultancy project for a client identified by the project supervisor and students. The student will develop their project from a list of project areas and potential clients provided by the School of Natural and environmental Sciences that will enable them to undertake a consultancy-style project where the student can show their research, analytical, interpretive, critical analysis and design skills in solving a specific problem or question of interest to the client. Some projects may be a group project whereby a team of students will work together on different aspects of a single problem. In these cases the students will work together to gather information but each report must be unique and be focused on the students? own data. Information from other students may be used to inform the wider aspects of the study but must not be central to the student?s own work.
SPG8013 Environmental Impact Assessment - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A 2:2 BSc or BEng honours degree, or international equivalent, in a related subject, such as: microbiology; agriculture; environmental engineering; biology; biological sciences; ecology; environmental science; zoology; marine biology; oceanography; geography. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with lower or non-standard qualifications.