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Full time | University of East Anglia UEA | 1 year | 27-SEP-21

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Graduate Diploma

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Course Summary

Are you a graduate from another discipline (arts or sciences) who aspires to work in ecology and nature conservation research, consultancy or advocacy? Do you require a fast-track route to transforming your career?.

This is an intensive one-year conversion course designed to equip you with the essential concepts, skills and experience needed for entry into the ecology and conservation sector. Students on the Diploma benefit from UEA’s outstanding international reputation for research and training in ecology, conservation and environmental sciences at the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (CEEC). You can tailor the course to suit your own interests and aspirations through modules developing core ecological and evolutionary principles and theories, to applied conservation ecology and its interface with human societal demands and impacts on biodiversity. A strong emphasis is placed on practical and field-skills via our field-training opportunities (and we plan to maintain this component as far as possible, dependent on covid-19-related restrictions).


This Graduate Diploma in Ecology combines a selection of Honours level modules specifically designed to give you a strong training in ecological and conservation theory and skills.?

While you’ll focus primarily in the areas of population and community ecology and conservation biology, the course is flexible so that it enables you to strengthen your knowledge in other areas of ecology too. Prepare to explore the functioning of aquatic, marine and terrestrial ecosystems; the importance of community structure, succession and population dynamics; the processes of predation, competition and other plant/animal interactions; population and biodiversity responses to natural environmental disturbance and human-induced stress; the current research agenda in ecology, evolution and conservation; and the potential contribution of integrating sustainable development with biodiversity conservation.?

Be inspired by the opportunity to experience first-hand a fascinating array of species, ecosystems and conservation issues, via field-course modules in Ireland, Swaziland and Peru where you'll be guided by research and conservation experts.

We’ve also specifically designed our Graduate Diploma to ensure you develop a wide range of transferable skills, which will apply to any career or further graduate study at MSc or PhD level. You'll gain skills in communication, information technology, data mining and analysis, fieldwork, teamwork, critical writing, reasoning and time management.

What’s more, you’ll be in the perfect place to study. We have very strong academic expertise in 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 institutions such as the RSPB, BTO, CEFAS and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative.

So whatever scientific career you aspire to, this Diploma is the perfect preparation for further study or the world of work.


This module introduces you to major concepts and definitions in community ecology, macro-ecology and biogeography. You will use these to explore how communities are structured in relation to local-scale to regional-scale processes, how they function and respond to perturbations at different scales, and result in emergent macro- to global-scale patterns of biodiversity distribution. Throughout the module, there is an emphasis on the relevance of theory and fundamental science to understanding the current environmental and biodiversity crisis. Anthropogenic impacts on natural communities through land-use, species exploitation, non-native species, and climate change, are a recurrent theme underpinning the examples you will draw upon.

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Entry requirements

Students need to have: Bachelor’s degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent); Any degree discipline will be considered. Evidence of any additional ecology and conservation experience will be looked upon favourably.

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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