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Graduate Diploma

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Course Summary

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 to enable 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. 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. The Graduate Diploma in Ecology has been transformational for the careers of students that have taken it. Diploma in Ecology alumni have moved either directly or via MSc courses into a diversity of professional roles in the ecology and conservation sector. Most students go on to complete MSc courses in biodiversity, ecology and/or conservation biology as a stepping stone to PhD research or employment. Approximately half of our Graduate Diploma graduates go on to study on the Applied Ecology and Conservation MSc here at UEA. You will graduate as a skilled ecologist ready to take advantage of East Anglia’s wealth of varied habitats, or range further afield.

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

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Full time


1 year

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In this module you will look closely at how populations are regulated, from within through density dependent factors and from external density independent factors. We start the module with a global environmental change perspective to the management of populations and the factors that affect the population size. We then extend these ideas to help us understand population properties and processes both intra-specifically and inter-specifically. Finally we examine several management applications where we show that a good understanding of the population modelling is essential to correctly manage natural resources on the planet. Practicals include learning to survey butterflies and birds using citizen science monitoring projects and will be focused on delivering statistical analyses of "Big data" using the programme R-studio. The projects will provide a strong training in both subject specific and transferable skills.

Tuition fees

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Entry requirements

Students need to have: Bachelor’s degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent) or any discipline.

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