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Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University

Biological Recording and Ecological Monitoring

The course is designed to give you the ability to use and collect biological records and subject them to critical analysis.

Our biological recording courses are developed in association with the Field Studies Council and the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. This gives both our teaching and graduate prospects the authority and reputation to appeal across a wide spectrum of organisations.

The course gives students the skills and knowledge they need to effectively collect and analyse biological records. The course is ideal for anyone working in ecological consultancy wishing to improve their survey skills, or those interested or involved in biological recording.

The wide range of option field-based practical units allow you to select units which focus on the species identification or survey skills you require and allow either taxonomic specialisation or the broadening of field skills. The core units include theoretical aspects of biological recording, including monitoring of ecosystems, site assessment, and analysis of data. Your MSc dissertation will allow you to focus on an area of interest within the field and is supported by a range of staff from across the Division of Biology. Due to the necessity of field seasons for practical units, the course can only be studied part-time over two or three years.

Entry requirements

MSc: An undergraduate degree of 2:2 honours (or equivalent) in a relevant allied subject normally would be expected in subjects such as ecology, biology, zoology, botany, animal behaviour or environmental science. Exceptions may be possible for applicants who can demonstrate highly relevant work experience in industry over several years. Each application is considered on its own merit.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2019 2 Years

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