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Conservation GIS (Postgraduate Certificate)

University of Gloucestershire

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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Location

    Francis Close Hall Campus (Cheltenham)

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    8 months

Course summary

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 provide students with experience of how GIS can be applied within longer conservation processes. The explicit aim is to allow students to integrate both basic and advanced GIS skills into their everyday conservation tasks and activities, principally using the QGIS open-source system.

This 1 year course is delivered by lecturers with extensive industry experience in using GIS across different parts of the conservation sector, both in the UK and internationally. Students will learn to access and use a range of data types including those from habitat surveys, species monitoring, UAVs and satellites. There’s the opportunity to progress and transfer credit from this postgraduate certificate to the MSc in Applied Ecology. Individual modules can also be taken as stand alone short courses.


Career progression for professional ecologists, consultants and conservation practitioners
GIS roles in ecological, environmental and conservation organisations
Spatial ecology research
MSc Applied Ecology using credit from the Postgraduate Certificate

Tuition fees

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£ 4,750overall cost

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University information

University of Gloucestershire

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

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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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