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The MSc in Applied Ecology and Environmental Management, MSc - 2019/20 programme provides students with an extensive applied and practical experience. We want to fully utilise your skills and expertise, and provide you with further opportunities whilst studying on this programme.  


The world is experiencing important ecological and environmental challenges. To address them we need to expand and link scientific knowledge with practice, for example in the areas of environmental consultancy, policy implementation and development, and fundamental ecological and environmental research.

The MSc in Applied Ecology and Environmental Management incorporates topics in ecology, environmental sciences and environmental management to explore the relationship between the natural world and society. You will explore, within a scientific and an ecological framework, the impact of human activities on the environment, and will obtain a thorough understanding of environmental management and sustainability issues, including policy and legislation, with the development of practical skills.

Our programme aims to develop and challenge you at a postgraduate level to develop a deeper and applied understanding of environmental biology and science, its relevance to the impact of human activities on environmental systems, as well as the mitigation of those impacts, and the regulatory, political and scientific parameters that frame practice and research in the environmental sciences.


The programme is suited for those interested in the applied aspects of ecology and environmental sciences for environmental management and consultancy, or for those interested in delivering user defined integrative solutions via research, management and consultancy within the areas of animal behaviour, welfare and conservation, human and physical geography, crop protection, and applied ecology and environmental management.

The modules in this programme are designed to allow you to learn the theoretical framework, practical skills and transferable skills that are required for developing a career in ecological and environmental research with an applied focus, and in environmental assessment and consultancy.


The core of the programme consists of several compulsory modules which will provide you with the specialist knowledge in various aspects of environmental science and management, including topics relating to landscape ecology, population ecology, agricultural and other environments under the direct management or impact of humans, as well as issues relating to environmental policy.

This MSc covers several main themes which make the core modules, including:

  • Environmental Management and Sustainability
  • Environmental Science
  • Applied Ecology and Conservation
  • Research Methods
  • Applied Skills in Ecology

Subject to availability, you can also choose one of two optional modules:

  • Understanding Landscapes
  • Agro­ecology

The final step of your study will be to carry out a project, with supervision, in the form of a dissertation.

The dissertation is an individual study project that will allow you to investigate, build and complete a significant piece of scholarly work, relevant to ecology or in environmental sciences, with a clear applied or management context.


The academic year starts in September and finishes in August one year later (for full-­time students) or two years later (for part­-time students).

We use a variety of teaching methods that provide support and guidance within a participative learning environment, including:

  • Interactive lectures (students and lecturers or speakers),
  • Practical sessions (field and laboratory),
  • Seminars and workshops,
  • Virtual learning environments,
  • Problem-­based learning as individuals and groups,
  • Tutorials with supervisors.

Most modules are delivered in two­-hour blocks, combining lectures and workshops/practicals, and consist of 40 hours of academic direction and 160 hours of practice learning & independent study. Some field or laboratory sessions may need more hours to be delivered.

You will receive detailed feedback on essays, reports, presentations and all other forms of assessment. The feedback will help you learn the importance of developing a coherent argument supported by relevant evidence.

The members of staff responsible for delivering this course are Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, Readers and/or Professors in relevant disciplines (e.g. Biosciences, Ecology, Environmental Science, Geography, Human biology, Conservation, Agronomy, etc.) with extensive ecological and environmental research and/or environmental management experience.


This programme is assessed through coursework only, including essays, mock grant proposals and consultancy reports and portfolios consisting of desk­ studies, critical reviews, reports, data presentation and analysis as well as literature reviews and other pieces of scientific writing.

The full programme is worth 180 credits.

The largest part of the assessment will be based on your dissertation (60 credits). You must pass this component of the module to receive the award of MSc.


There is a focus on field work and practical skills and on the application of these skills to real­-world situations.

The MSc is linked to the Ecology Research Group which has a 20­-year history of research and consultancy work in ecology and environmental science. This group has longstanding and established links to Natural England, Kent Wildlife Trust and the Environment Agency.


Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Government loans of up to £10,609 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2018. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can   or call 01227 923 948.

Read more about  postgraduate masters student loans.

Visit the Applied Ecology and Environmental Management - MSc page on the Canterbury Christ Church University website for more details!




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