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.