Masters degrees in Ecosystem Ecology & Land Use provide advanced postgraduate study of how ecosystems benefit humanity, and how we use and manage them. Students learn to tackle questions concerning infrastructure, town planning and development as well as wider conservation issues.
Popular specialisms and related subjects include Ecosystem Services, Forest Science Ecosystem Management and Wildlife Cnservation. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject.
Courses in this field allow you to specialise in a range of topics. You might opt to focus on sea life, exploring marine systems management and environmental impact assessment. You may prefer to focus on agriculture, exploring issues such as sustainable development, pest management, and soil protection. Or, you could explore wider issues such as energy use, food security, and conservation ethics.
You will develop transferrable skills through academic inquiry and practical techniques. These may include: survey methods such as GIS (Geographical Information Systems), data analysis, habitat assessment, species identification, and report writing.
Careers may include roles in policy-making for government agencies and NGOs; managing conservation facilities such as zoos or wildlife reservations; or roles in industry, for example agrifood production and distribution.
Studying how ecosystems benefit humanity and how we use and manage them, this programme assesses the trade-offs involved in our use of the environment.
This is a rapidly developing area, involving both natural and social sciences, and an increasingly common approach to environmental policy-making and management in government agencies and businesses.
On this programme you will study the complex relationships between ecosystem functions and how humanity uses and values ecosystems.
An essential element of this masters programme is a field trip, which takes place in the spring, giving you insights into methods and approaches that will be useful for your dissertation work. The destination typically will be the Cairngorms National Park, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.
The programme has been designed with a focus on building up skills that are in particularly short supply in the environmental sector. The full-time programme is divided into two semesters of taught courses, followed by a field trip at Easter before the dissertation period over the summer. We are happy to accommodate different working patterns for part-time students, including a half day a week schedule for three-year part time study.
Compulsory courses typically will be:
In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of option courses^. We particularly recommend:
Courses are offered subject to timetabling and availability and are subject to change.
A spring field trip will develop students’ research skills and practical experience of environmental policy.
Applicants receiving an offer of admission, either unconditional or conditional, will be asked to pay a tuition fee deposit of £1,500. Please see the fees and costs section for more information.
UK research councils cite the skills gained on this MSc as those ‘most wanted’ in the environmental sector. As demand for sound evidence of ecosystem services increases, so does demand for graduates who can translate complex science into policy and business opportunities.
We have strong links with businesses and key industry players who want to make use of these skills. Committed to helping you meet prospective employers and network with those active in the field, we organise careers events, and encourage dissertations conducted in partnership with external organisations.
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