Build a host of specialist collection, identification and analytical skills with our part-time masters. You’ll not only help to shape environmental policy – you’ll shape your future career too.

Biological recording is vital for biodiversity conservation. In this period of rapid climate change, the ability to collect, manage and interpret information about our natural world has never been more important. This highly practical masters will give you all the skills you need to make a valuable and rewarding contribution in this specialist area.

Study Details:

2-3 years part-time

Module Details:

Year 1

Core units

  • Biological Recording and Surveying
  • Research Methods and Design

Option units
Students may select six units from the list below during Years 1 and 2:

  • Difficult higher plants
  • Difficult Invertebrates
  • Bird Survey Techniques
  • Bryophytes
  • Site Assessment using Vegetation
  • Site Assessment using Invertebrates
  • QGIS
  • Using a Flora
  • Identifying Mosses and Liverworts
  • Surveying Terrestrial Invertebrates for Biological Recording
  • Identifying Woodland Plants
  • Identification of Bats
  • Aquatic Plants
  • Grasses, Sedges and Rushes
  • Plants of Bogs and Mires
  • Land Mammal Identification
  • Songbird Identification
  • Identification of Macrofungi
  • Identifying Hoverflies
  • NVC Grasslands
  • Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Introduction to Phase 1 Surveys
  • Identifying Lichens
  • Identifying Odonata and Lepidoptera
  • Identifying trees
  • Identifying the Sedges and their Allies
  • Fern Identification
  • Identifying Coastal Plants
  • Identifying Marine Species and Habitats: the Biotope Approach
  • NVC Mires and Heaths


Entry Requirements

You’ll need a good UK honours degree – at least a 2:2 – or the international equivalent, in a relevant subject such as ecology, biology, zoology, botany, animal behaviour or environmental science. We might also consider your application if you have several years’ professional or voluntary experience in a related field.

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