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The objective of the MSc Species Identification and Survey Skills programme is to prime you for employment as an ecological consultant.

To achieve this, the School of Biological Sciences has teamed up with RSK to deliver a course that precisely provides the skills and knowledge demanded by consultants. Most of the 110 taught credits consist of hands-on and field-based training. In addition to the taught component, you will have the opportunity to embark on a six-month paid work placement with an ecological consultant. A bursary for this period is provided by the employer.

  • This programme currently has a 100% employment rate in the ecology and ecological consultancy sectors
  • The only UK programme to have over half of its modules overseen by consultants
  • Designed in partnership with RSK Group consultancy to provide the skills and knowledge demanded by consultants
  • Focuses on hands-on and field-based training
  • Offers the opportunity for a six-month placement (with bursary) with an ecological consultant

What will you study?

Sample modules:

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Graduates of this course have a 100% employment rate in the ecology and ecological consultancy sectors since its inception in 2011 (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016). This is because the course is designed specifically to give you both the academic knowledge and the practical experience which these employers are looking for. You will also learn excellent transferable skills so that you can enter other sectors, or move into different roles within the ecological field.

Typical roles of graduates from our ecology and wildlife-based MSc programmes include conservation officers, project managers, field ecologists and environmental consultants.

find out more about the careers our graduates go on to.


Visit the Species Identification and Survey Skills MSc page on the University of Reading website for more details!

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