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Newcastle University: Ecology and Biodiversity

Institution Newcastle University View institution profile
Department School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
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Telephone +44 (0) 191 208 4848
Study type Taught


Our Ecology and Biodiversity MSc gives you the skills for a successful career as an ecologist or in an environmentally-related field.

About this course You will gain the knowledge and skills you need to work in conservation biology and other environmental or ecological roles. You’ll study an area of ecological science, from both a UK and international perspective.

Areas covered include: - global wildlife conservation policy and practice

  • environmental impacts

  • international sustainable development

This course has a professional focus, which will help prepare you for the workplace. You'll learn advanced methods to analyse published ecological literature, global conservation policies and assessment methods.

You’ll develop: - an understanding of wildlife conservation policy and practice in the UK and internationally

  • the ability to undertake complex, cutting-edge environmental data analysis and methods for effective communication of results to non-specialists

  • skills to handle large datasets, including spatial data (GIS), remote-sensed data, camera traps, and machine learning

  • techniques to review and analyse before published ecological research

  • the skills necessary to work at the interface of science and policy

  • the knowledge to launch a global career in organisations such as:

  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

  • Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

  • World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

You’ll benefit from our relationships with notable wildlife organisations and be able to take part in projects with institutions, such as: - the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

  • other local, national (UK) and international conservation organisations, including government and NGO

What you'll learn You’ll cover how wildlife-related research can influence policies and gain an understanding of: - species conservation principles and practice

  • human-natural systems

  • the impacts of non-native species

  • human-wildlife conflicts

  • geographic information systems and remote sensing

You’ll also be able to develop solutions for global problems, such as: - managing high-risk invasive species

  • human-wildlife conflicts

  • global assessment for policy support

Your development When you graduate from the course, you will be able to evaluate and solve ecological problems. We will teach you skills in a range of ecologically related areas including: - qualitative skills including verbal, written and web-based communication of scientific findings to non-specialists

  • quantitative methods including the tools needed to manage and undertake advanced ecological data analysis

  • effective strategies to plan large-scale and/or long-term ecological projects

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and processing of spatial data

  • management of conflicts between nature conservation and human activities

Project work You'll have the opportunity to undertake research projects in collaboration with external institutions in the UK and abroad.

In Stage 3, you'll undertake a Research Project (60 credits). You'll work with an academic supervisor and, where relevant, an external collaborator. Research projects can be field or experimental-based or focused on data-analysis and modelling.

Delivery - Modular

  • Lectures / seminars

  • Field work

  • Workshops

  • Research project

  • Small group tutorials

  • Laboratory practicals

Facilities We have an outstanding range of facilities to support your learning and research: - fully equipped laboratories

  • Cockle Park farm with farming of pigs, dairy and beef, as well as a variety of arable cropping and grassland trials

  • Dove Marine Laboratory

Find out more about our facilities.


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About us
A Global Top 125 university (QS World University Rankings 2023), Newcastle University is dedicated to excellence, creativity and innovation, pioneering solutions that can change our world.

Through world-class research it tackles some of the biggest challenges facing society globally, leading in its key strengths of ageing and health, data, energy, cities, culture and creative arts. The UK’s Research Excellence Framework 2021 assessed its research as world-leading with outstanding impact.

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