University of Reading: Species Identification and Survey Skills

InstitutionUniversity of Reading
Department School of Biological Sciences
Telephone 0118 378 5289
Study type Taught


**Learn the skills needed for a career in ecology, conservation and consultancy.**

The School of Biological Sciences at the University of Reading has teamed up with RSK to deliver a course that precisely provides the skills and knowledge demanded by consultants. The content of the course has been designed to give you exactly the skills needed by ecological consultants: this is a course geared towards making you stand out in the field.

Most of the 110 taught credits consist of hands-on and field-based training overseen by working consultants. In addition to the taught component, you will have the opportunity to embark on a six-month work placement with an ecological consultant. A bursary for this period is provided by the employer.

* 100% employment rate in the ecology and ecological consultancy sectors

* The only UK programme to have over half of its credits overseen by consultants

* Designed in partnership with RSK Group to provide the skills and knowledge demanded by consultants

* Focuses on hands-on and field-based training with no written examinations

* Six-month placement opportunity (with bursary) with an ecological consultant

**Sample modules**
-Practical wildlife
-Vegetation Survey and Assessment
-Invertebrate Survey and Assessment
-Vertebrate Survey and Management
-Research & Professional Skills
-Field Trips

**Working with industry**
Consultants actively engaging with the MSc programme include: RSK, Ecosa, EPR, ECUS, AECOM, Jacobs, Southern Ecological Solutions and Froglife. RSK in particular deliver a significant proportion of the taught component of the programme for those students targeting the ecological consultancy route. The MSc course is also supported by a variety of other organizations including Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and the Hawk Conservancy Trust.

Sponsorship info

A bursary for the six month work experiance module is provided by the employer. All engaged consultancies offer financial remuneration in the form of a bursary, a zero-hour contract, or a pro-rata contract. Please contatact us for examples of the remuneration offered.


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