Harper Adams University: Ecological Applications

InstitutionHarper Adams University View institution profile
Department Crop and Environmental Sciences
Web http://Harper.ac.uk/postgraduate
Email admissions@harper-adams.ac.uk
Telephone 01952 81 5000
Study type Taught


This MSc serves to reinforce the relevance of ecology to a broad range of applications and trains students to apply ecological tools and understanding in a wide variety of contexts. The course draws on and complements the established and highly regarded MSc programmes taught at Harper Adams. Along with core ecological training, students will be allowed to select modules from a number of the MSc courses running at Harper Adams, including Conservation and Forest Protection, Entomology, Integrated Pest Management, Rural Estate and Land Management and Sustainable Agriculture.

Specifically the course will:

  • Provide knowledge in a wide range of applied ecological areas.

  • Underpin this with a sound understanding of the quantitative aspects of this field including statistical analysis, expert system design and population modelling.

  • Provide taught elements linked to academic applied research groups.

  • Offer a rich research training through access to project supervisors with different expertise and disciplines.

  • Provide training in crucial transferable skills in writing, presenting, discussing scientific material.

How will it benefit me?

Having completed the course you will be able to recognize the major entomological groups worldwide, understand how to apply a logical framework to demonstrate management priorities in different environments and have an understanding of individual, population and community ecology. You will be able to assess the economic and environmental costs of ecological applications and evaluate their effectiveness.

You will also have a clear understanding of the remit and function of ecosystems and a detailed knowledge and understanding of the essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relevant to your chosen area of specialization. You will receive training in how to communicate your ideas and findings related to applied ecology to a range of audiences. Although there are some compulsory modules there is considerable flexibility enabling each student to focus on specialist subjects consistent with their interests and future career intentions

For the MSc, you will also be able to test hypotheses relevant to applied ecological research by designing, carrying out, analysing and interpreting experiments or surveys. Finally, you will learn to evaluate and interpret data and draw relevant conclusions from existing case studies.


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As the population grows, so do our demands on the planet. Managing our natural resources has never been so important. Since it was founded in 1901, Harper has been meeting this challenge.

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