What will I learn?

This course has a highly practical emphasis involving hands-on exercises in field and laboratory settings. In the field, you will cover identification skills for a wide range of species, as well as industry-standard survey techniques such as phase 1 habitat surveying, habitat condition assessments, national vegetation classification and bird territory mapping. Laboratory sessions will include use of microscopes in taxonomy and analysis of environmental parameters such as water oxygen levels and soil nutrient status to enable better understanding of species–environment interactions.

There are numerous opportunities to apply academic theory by working on projects with linked organisations, including the Royal Society of Biology, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and Natural England. You’ll gain valuable experience with field trips to nature reserves in the Severn Vale, Cotswolds and South Wales. There are also opportunities to undertake international fieldwork.*

The course is underpinned by the research expertise of the applied ecology teaching team, including practical conservation, biotic responses to climate change, avian and mammal biology, insect behaviour and evolution, non-native species introductions, population and community ecology, and environmental biology.

There is considerable optionality in the course, both in choice of modules and in assessment topics within modules, to allow students to tailor course content to their own interests and career aspirations.


Field-based or research roles within ecological, environmental and conservation organisations
Ecological Consultancy
Careers in ecological communication, policy or education.

Which department am I in?

School of Natural and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 months)

Tuition fees
£4,900.00 (US$ 5,972) Overall cost
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

21 September 2020


Francis Close Hall Campus (Cheltenham)

Swindon Road,




GL50 4AZ, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students who hold successful completion of 4 year Bachelor degree with minimum 70%/GPA 2.7 out of 4.0 will be considered for Postgraduate (Masters). Postgraduate (Research): MRes applicants must have successfully completed a 3 or 4 year Bachelors degree with a minimum GPA 3.0 or successful completion of 4 year Bachelor degree with minimum 70%. ?IELTS 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any component.

For international students

At least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent We particularly welcome applicants with qualifications or experience in areas such as biology, animal biology, ecology, zoology, geography or environmental sciences Applicants with substantial relevant work experience may be considered without a degree qualification EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in any band) or equivalent.

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About this uni

Set across three campuses, the University of Gloucestershire offers the chance to explore some of the most beautiful landscapes in the UK.

  • Top 10 in the UK for student support (Whatuni Awards 2017)
  • 50 clubs and societies for students to join
  • 94% graduates in work within six months (DLHE 2015/16)
  • Silver rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF 2017)