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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Location

    Francis Close Hall Campus (Cheltenham)

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date

    19-SEP-21, 19-SEP-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

What is Conservation GIS PgCert?

With a huge demand for professional ecologists and conservation practitioners with applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) skills, this course provides core knowledge of GIS to support conservation action and evaluate its biodiversity outcomes.

This unique course has been designed not only to develop core operational skills in GIS, but to give you experience of how GIS can be applied within longer conservation processes. You’ll be able to integrate both basic and advanced GIS skills into your everyday conservation tasks and activities, primarily using the QGIS open-source system.

Study style

You’ll learn to access and use a range of data types, including those from habitat surveys, species monitoring, UAVs and satellites.

You’ll be taught one day a week, with an emphasis on applied learning for teaching and assessment - which is 100% coursework.

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to:

  • progress their careers as professional ecologists, consultants and conservation practitioners
  • GIS roles in ecological, environmental and conservation organisations
  • spatial ecology research
  • study MSc Applied Ecology, using credit from the Postgraduate Certificate.

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

    103rd out of 110 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    110 46%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    68 68%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.91 78%



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