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Course content

The course is designed to give you the ability to use and collect biological records and subject them to critical analysis.

In Year 1, you will study the compulsory unit Managing Biological Records, which runs over four weekends from October to January with each weekend running from Friday evening to Sunday at 4.00pm. This is based at Preston Montford Field Centre near Shrewsbury.

In the spring and summer you can choose from a number of field-based units, each of which takes place over a long (three day) weekend running from Friday evening to Monday at 4.00pm. If you stop after successful completion of these units, you will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Biological Recording.

The second year follows a very similar pattern, with the compulsory unit being Research Methods in Biological Recording over four winter weekends, then three more spring and summer units. If you stop after successful completion of these units, you will be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Biological Recording. Successful completion of a dissertation will then result in the MSc degree.

Non means-tested loans of up to a maximum of £10,000 will be available to postgraduate master’s students.

Features and benefits of the course

-Our biological recording courses are developed in association with the Field Studies Council and the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland.
-We are offer all the following aspects of biological recording: site and species evaluation; wildlife legislation; identification of difficult taxa with scope for specialisation in invertebrates or plants; computerising field data; research methods including statistics.
-The MSc is studied part-time, mainly at weekends on a residential basis at Field Studies Council centres. It takes a minimum of two years to complete (usually three years) and is compatible with full-time work.

Assessment details

All assessment is continuous there are some essays, presentations, practical assignments such as collection and preparation of voucher specimens, construction of identification keys, site evaluations, identification tests, production of posters and mock journal papers, all of which test your knowledge and critical understanding of biological recording theory and practice.

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

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