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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Location

    Francis Close Hall Campus (Cheltenham)

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21, 17-SEP-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

On this course you’ll get the knowledge and skills you need for all areas of practical ecology and conservation - with a highly practical emphasis on hands-on exercises in field and laboratory settings.

In the field you’ll learn identification skills for a wide range of species, as well as industry-standard survey techniques like phase 1 habitat surveying, habitat condition assessments, national vegetation classification and bird territory mapping. In lab sessions you’ll include use of microscopes in taxonomy and analysis of environmental parameters such as water oxygen levels and soil nutrient status to enable better understanding of species’ environment interactions.

Study style

You’ll be able to choose modules and assessment topics to tailor the course to your own interests and career aspirations.

The course is block taught two days a week (currently Thursdays and Fridays). There’s a range of coursework, with an emphasis on field and laboratory research and consultancy reports – often involving live project briefs from external partners. Your assignments and especially your dissertation have direct impact on the understanding and management of species and habitats. (And there are no written exams.)

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work in:

  • field-based or research roles within ecological, environmental and conservation organisations
  • ecological consultancy
  • careers in ecological communication, policy or education.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 4,900per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Gloucestershire

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  • Campus address

    University of Gloucestershire, The Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2RH, England

A diverse and inclusive community, welcoming students from over 60 countries worldwide.
Placements, internships, trips and career experiences help prepare students for success after graduation.
A wide range of bursaries and merit scholarships are available for international students.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    77th out of 103 15

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    112 49%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    72 72%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.87 77%



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