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Applied Ecology and Conservation MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Ecology Environmental Conservation / Policies

Course type


Course Summary

Applied Ecology and Conservation offers a flexible course structure that will equip you with the skills necessary for a range of careers in conservation and applied ecology. The interdisciplinary training forms an ideal platform for continuation to doctoral research, for direct access into conservation-related employment or for pursuing careers in a field such as science communication, education or policy development. You’ll benefit from our strong academic expertise in conservation and ecology, based around UEA’s Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (CEEC) – one of the largest groups of its kind in Europe with strong links to major conservation organizations and institutions such as the BTO, RSPB, CEFAS and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. In the first half of the year, you’ll study core taught modules in ecological survey methods, evidence-based global conservation and statistics, complemented by a broad range of optional modules. These cover topics including Geographical Information Systems (GIS), practical conservation and work experience, evolutionary biology, conservation genetics and statistical modeling using R. In the second part of your MSc you’ll conduct a 5-month research project exploring some of the most pressing biodiversity issues within an area of your interest – often in collaboration with an external conservation organization in the UK or abroad. You will graduate as a skilled conservation ecologist ready to work or continue with doctoral studies nationally or globally, using what you have learned at UEA to make a real difference. You could go on to a career in many different areas – from ecological research to environmental management, consultancy and conservation. You might also consider education or science communication and engagement. Many of our students’ progress to PhD study after their Master’s degree.

Different course options

Full time | University of East Anglia UEA | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This is an introduction for some students and a refresher for others. Simple tests for trends (correlation, regression) and for differences (Chi-square, t-tests, ANOVAs) are introduced using a friendly statistical package (SPSSx for Windows). The link between statistics and experimental design is stressed. Students studying on the Master of Science degree programme in Applied Ecology and Conservation MUST undertake this module if they have no previous statistical experience.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have Bachelor’s degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent); Biology-related subject plus evidence of additional conservation experience. Bachelor’s degrees in geography or environmental management are also accepted if these contain a strong ecological component.

University information

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is a campus-based university in Norwich, with a global reputation for its excellent academic, social and cultural facilities, delivered to more than 15,000 students from over 80 countries.Over 4,000 making up its postgraduate community. The University prides itself on the quality of its research, being part of Norwich Research Park, one of the largest communities of researchers in Europe, leading the way...more

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