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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Biological Sciences

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    2 - 3 years part time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    Please see University website for further details.

  • Last Updated

    27 November 2019

Biological recording is vital for biodiversity conservation. In this period of rapid climate change, the ability to collect, manage and interpret information about our natural world has never been more important. This highly practical masters will give you all the skills you need to make a valuable and rewarding contribution in this specialist area.

It’s a highly vocational course that offers an ideal way to sharpen up the field skills you’ll need to take your career in the direction you want. With advanced knowledge of the ‘why’, ‘where’ and ‘how’ of collecting and maintaining biological records of the areas that interest you most, you’ll leave us equipped with the expertise to pursue a rewarding future in a specialist field.  

Features and benefits

  • Expert teaching – Our biological recording courses are developed in association with the Field Studies Council and the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, who lead the field in developing these practical skills.
  • Tailored learning – Tackle a number of aspects of biological recording according to your interests, including site and species evaluation, wildlife legislation, identification of difficult taxa, computerising field data, and statistical research methods.
  • Flexible path – Study part-time, mainly at weekends at Field Studies Council centres around the UK. As such, you’ll be able to carry on working while you learn.
  • Professional network – Our department works with research institutions, industry partners, national organisations and NGOs worldwide, so there’s plenty of opportunity to develop industry contacts.
  • Excellent facilities – Learn at Field Studies Council headquarters and sites around the UK with huge experience in delivering field-based training on a residential basis.

Course overview

Developed in association with the Field Studies Council (FSC) and the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, this course is largely field-based, as you’d expect from a programme with a focus on biological recording and identification skills.

Because of the seasonal nature of this work, you’ll study part-time over a minimum of two (but usually three) years. You’ll study four core units – two per year. Three of these units are delivered at the Field Studies Council (FSC) headquarters in Preston Montford, near Shrewsbury and a final second year unit is run at Manchester Metropolitan University’s All Saints campus in central Manchester. This is followed by an in-depth dissertation which can be completed remotely with the help of your allocated University supervisor. All core units run on a total of four weekends each year between October and March, with dates dependent on the unit in question.

You’ll also study six option units in total over two years, choosing from a list of around 30. These are delivered as weekend courses at FSC centres around the UK and you can attend on a residential or non-residential basis. Depending on which ones you choose, you’ll be away for two or three nights.


Visit the Biological Recording and Ecological Monitoring - MSc page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

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