Increasing pressure on land-use across the world has led to a growing demand for postgraduates with environmental surveying qualifications. This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). It provides you with the knowledge you’ll need to work within the environmental and ecological consulting and conservation professions.

Why choose this course?

  • Brackenhurst campus is the perfect environment to develop the expertise required for a career in biodiversity conservation.
  • A number of protected species are studied on-site including yellowhammers, great crested newts, badgers and hedgehogs.
  • The latest Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking equipment and surveying techniques are employed by students on this course.
  • The course provides an industry standard approach to career progression into the ecological and environmental consultancy sector.
  • You will have the opportunity to contribute to UK and international research projects currently running within the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences.
  • You will have access to a 1,000 square metre, £2.5 million campus eco-library.

Study Details:

MRes/MSc 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Module Details:

  • Conservation Priorities (20 credit points)
  • Species Recovery: Theories, Methods and Techniques (20 credit points)
  • Environmental Assessment and Consultancy (20 credit points)
  • Protected Species Surveying (20 credit points)
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS) (20 credit points)
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis (20 credit points)
  • Research Project (MRes 120 credit points, MSc 60 credit points)

Programme Funding

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Student Destinations

The diverse and expanding range of job roles include:

• Environmental or ecological consultant
• Biological surveyor
• Species officer
• Reserve warden
• Education officer
• Expedition leader
• PhD researcher.


Course fees for 2020 entry are: UK/EU: Full-time (1 year) £8,200 Part-time £4,100 (for Year One*) International: £15,100

Entry Requirements

What are we looking for?


  • A minimum of a 2:1 or equivalent honours biological sciences degree.


  • A minimum of a 2:2 or equivalent honours biological sciences degree.

Other requirements: Work experience in a relevant field

We specify these minimum entry requirements, but we will assess you individually on your ability to benefit from the course. We sometimes offer places on the basis of non-standard entry qualifications, and industrial or professional experience.

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