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.
Core Units - Year 1
- Managing Biological Recording
Option Units - Year 1
- Identifying Difficult Invertebrate Groups - Identifying Bryophytes for Recording and Conservation - Identifying Difficult Higher Plant Groups - Bird Survey Techniques - Identification and Survey Techniques - Site Assessments Using Vegetation and Invertebrates
Core Units - Year 2
- Research Methods in Biological Recording
Option Units - Year 2
The following Year 1 option units are also available in Year 2: - Identifying Difficult Invertebrate Groups - Identifying Bryophytes for Recording and Conservation - Identifying Difficult Higher Plant Groups - Bird Survey Techniques - Identification and Survey Techniques - Site Assessment using Vegetation and Invertebrates
The following option units are available only in Year 2: - Site Assessment using Invertebrates - Site Assessment using Vegetation
Core Units - Year 3
- Masters Project
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.
Our students have an excellent record of promotion and recruitment to jobs in ecology and biological recording, especially those with an emphasis on high quality field skills and record interpretation.
Careers support is available from the moment you join us, throughout your time here, and for up to three years after the completion of your course. We have a range of services available through the School of Science and the Environment and the University Careers Service including dedicated careers and employability advisors.
At least an upper second-class UK Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a subject such as ecology, biology, zoology, botany, animal behaviour or environmental science is normally required. Applicants from different academic backgrounds or without formal qualifications - but with equivalent experience - will also be considered.
Recipient: Manchester Metropolitan University
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