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If you want to protect species against decline and extinction by working in either research, consultancy or conservation professions amongst others this programme gives you advanced skills in Ecology interlinked with Environmental Science, Geographic Information Systems, EIA and Catchment Management Planning.

Environmental policy is increasingly questioned in light of highly publicised global challenges to rapidly reverse damaging pollution and its effects in the air, water, in what we produce and how we live. You are able to understand the science behind the many challenges of food production in light of climate, pollution, different soil types and further challenges. You learn about the different factors which affect life on the planet, health and ability to sustain life in the long term for many species across land and water and you gain wide ranging understanding to help you piece together all challenges when applying your skills to consultancy on behalf of businesses and other organisations and regulation.

You attend a field research trip at Bettyhill on the North coast of Sutherland followed by training in plant ecology, animal population GIS design and analysis. You learn applied Ecology and conservation in an interdisciplinary context. Many environmental consultancies and government bodies require Ecologists as part of their environmental teams to be skilled in many areas of environmental science and vice versa. The degree provides many useful and overlapping discipline areas within environmental science such as EIA Environmental Impact Assessments. These are reports and studies used to determine issues, risks and challenges to the natural environmental from economic development of all types.

You learn relevant skills environmental policy, legislation, risk assessment models, environmental analytical instrumentation and implementing models. Employment options may be within consultancies, regulators and NGOs. Regulation of economic impact on the natural world has never been so highlighted across the worlds media as it is now in terms of how to protect species and highlight decline.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Plant Ecology
  • Core Skills in Environmental Science
  • Environmental Pollution


Soils for Food Security

Semester 2

  • Ecology and Environmental Modelling
  • Catchment Management
  • Ecology, Conservation and Society


  • Environmental Analysis

Semester 3

  • Project in Environmental and Ecological Sciences

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Why study at Aberdeen?

  • Environmental and Soil Science is rated within the top 10 in the UK at Aberdeen and the soil ecology group has been ranked No.1 for overall research excellence (REF 2014)
  • You are taught be established and renowned researchers with 50 years experience of teaching Ecology. Many graduates can be found in leadership professions in Ecology around the world.
  • You are invited to seminars, conferences and talks held at Aberdeen across the Environmental and Soil Science  disciplines and centres.

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 12 Months Full Time or 24 Months Part Time
  • September start

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